The lesbian feminist hadn't 'come out' about her sexuality when she shot the saucy stripping scene for Ally McBeal - and she felt humiliated standing there in nothing but lacy underwear.
She tells Bust magazine, "The show was a huge break for me, and of course I wasn't going to make waves... but I was definitely shocked and disappointed that I'd gone from this really professional, hard-working woman to someone who just strips down to her underwear begging her boss to sleep with her.
"I mean, as a feminist, it was revolting to me. And it damaged me, I think, because I realised I had no control. I just felt very cheapened by it."