On the other hand, when it came to her 86-year-old mom, Betty, Ellen thought a more commanding aquatic animal would be appropriate.
"What's the bossiest fish in the ocean?" Ellen joked.
The 58-year-old actress returns as the voice of Dory in the follow-up to the 2003 animated smash hit, Finding Nemo. The upcoming movie finds Dory living happily in the reef with Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voiced by Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers she has a family who might be looking for her, the trio take off on an adventure across the ocean, ending up at California's prestigious Marine Life Institute.
While her blue tang fish character is hindered by her short-term memory loss, Ellen recalled one instance in which the condition might have come in handy for her.
"I was shooting my HBO special in New York, and I was taking questions from the audience," Ellen recalled. "Someone stood up and I said, 'Yes, sir,' and she goes, 'I'm a ma'am.' And I [was] so embarrassed. Then, she ends up telling me the story of how me coming out saved her life. She starts crying, and it was this beautiful moment."
Despite how embarrassing the moment might have been at the time, Ellen cherishes the memory just the same.