‘Miss Congeniality’ Was Actually Based on Ellen DeGeneres Learning to Walk in Heels

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In the latest issue of Parade magazine, talk show host and this year’s Oscars emcee Ellen DeGeneresspills the beans on some of Hollywood’s best kept movie secrets, including the fact that Miss Congeniality — the Sandra Bullock comedy about a tomboy cop going undercover in a beauty pageant — was based on her.

Miss Congeniality was written based on me,” she said of the 2000 flick. “When I was getting ready to cohost the Emmys, the writer saw me [on TV] learning how to walk in a dress and heels. My stylist at the time — a man — was teaching me, and it was ­hilarious. The Miss Congeniality writer saw it and thought it was brilliant.”

And that’s not the only movie dish DeGeneres revealed in her interview. According to the 56-year-old, she also stole Jennifer Aniston‘s role in 1999’s EDtv.

“Jen Aniston is my friend and she recently ­reminded me that I beat her out of that,” DeGeneres says of the Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey comedy. “I got the part and Jen Aniston didn’t! That’ll probably be the only time that happens.”