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    Anne Heche Believes She Was "Blacklisted" In Hollywood For Dating Ellen DeGeneres

    "Those repercussions that happened, are to me what has created a part of the change."

    Anne Heche may have only dated Ellen DeGeneres for a couple of years, but she says it affected the rest of her career.

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    The actor and the talk show host dated from 1997 to 2000, which all began when when she went public with Ellen at the premiere of Volcano.

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    Anne says the spontaneous invite was "about living in loving-kindness" but ended up making her feel like "patient zero in cancel culture."

    "This wasn’t a long-term love affair. This was a moment in my life when I was given the glory of being able to stand up for what I believe in and have since I was a kid," Anne told Page Six.

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    But after that night, Anne says she didn't do a major motion picture for nearly a decade and was "blacklisted" from the industry.

    "I didn’t do a studio picture for ten years. I was fired from a $10 million picture deal and did not see the light of day in a studio picture," Anne explained.

    And while it was a difficult period, Anne says she is proud of what she sees as her role in changing societal norms.

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    "Those repercussions that happened, are to me what has created a part of the change. I’m a part of it. It is a badge of honor," Anne concluded.

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    Anne can next be seen in disaster movie 13 Minutes, which hits theaters on October 29.