Ellen DeGeneres is set to take the stage on Sunday, March 2 as the official host for the 86th Academy Awards.
DeGeneres, who first hosted the Oscars in 2007, sat down with ABC News’ Robin Roberts to talk about her success, despite her initial career issues after coming out publicly on her sitcom “Ellen” in 1997.
DeGeneres, now on her eleventh season of the Ellen Show, told Roberts, “I’m really happy and I’m really grateful. I have accomplished more than I could have ever dreamed to accomplish in my life.”
Despite DeGeneres’ previous struggles in both her professional and personal life, which she has been exceedingly open about over her years in the public eye, she said, “I think…as you get older, you get comfortable in your skin.”
However, even though she feels at ease appearing daily on her TV show, she thinks the Oscars will be a “big difference.”
“That audience comes to see me and they travel from all over the world to come to a taping. And they wait for a year for tickets,” she said of her talk show.
“They’re my core group of people that get me, know me and love me,” she added. “And I feel that.”
Quoting a part of her wife Portia Del Rossi’s wedding vows, she said, “It’s one thing to be loved, but it’s profound to be understood.”
DeGeneres told Roberts, “I just want people to understand me and to get me and know what my intentions are, and my intentions are to make people happy and my intentions are to never hurt anybody and my intentions are to have compassion, and to hope I can spread that a little bit every single day.”
Over her long career, she has been focused on doing just that. From her comedy sitcom “Ellen,” to her hit series “The Ellen Show,” she has spread her happiness (and impeccable dance skills) to viewers worldwide.
The 2014 Oscars are set to air live on Sunday, March 2 at 7:00 pm EST/4:00 pm PST on ABC.