Portia de Rossi is a skinny lady; anyone who watched her three-season stint on 'Arrested Development' or has seen her on the red carpet with wife Ellen DeGeneres knows that. But back in the 1990s, when she launched her career in the United States with a role on 'Ally McBeal,' the actress was struggling daily with anorexia, an affliction that once brought her weight down to 82 pounds.

The 5'8'' actress tells Oprah Winfrey on Monday's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' that her eating disorder emerged after she moved from Australia to Hollywood right before landing the 'McBeal' role. She says that at one point she was eating a mere 300 calories a day.

"It wasn't that I was proud of it," she tells Winfrey. "But it was certainly a recognition for my self-control. I definitely had some pretty amazing willpower to get down to 82 pounds. And that's what I was holding onto. I didn't think about anything else."