The letters mention a “problematic cast member” and an on-set “bully.”
The days of the “Desperate Housewives” blind item have returned!
Though the primetime soap — which was always plagued by gossip of in-fighting between the show’s stars — ended back in 2012, new tea from the set has just been revealed thanks to Felicity Huffman’s college admissions bribery scandal.
As part of the sentencing memorandum that was filed Friday, 27 of Huffman’s closest friends, family members and former coworkers submitted letters of support for the actress — including ones from “Housewives” costar Eva Longoria and series creator Marc Cherry. Speaking about their time with Huffman, they also iunadveterntly shed some more light onto the drama behind the scenes.
Hoping to speak to Huffman’s character, Cherry revealed how she dealt with one particularly thorny actress on the series. No, he didn’t name names — but did say she was still on the show in Season 7.
“We had a problematic cast member on my show. She was a big star with some big behavioral problems,” wrote Cherry. “Everyone tried their darnedest to get along with this woman over the course of the show. It was impossible. And things went from bad to worse.”
“At some point during season seven this woman decided she would no longer speak to her fellow cast members,” he then claimed. “She would only communicate with the directors who were then forced to pass on her throughs to her co-stars. This was alternately maddening and hilarious.”
He said Huffman “insisted” on still greeting her every morning, despite being ignored. “I found out about this and asked Felicity about it. She smiled and said, ‘Just because that woman’s determined to be rude, doesn’t mean she can keep me from being polite,'” he said.
In his letter, Cherry also said Huffman was the only main cast member — out of sixteen — who “ever stopped by the writer’s room to say thank you” for their work. He later claimed she was there to support a costar who couldn’t get pregnant and was “patient and supportive” to a “well-known character actress” — and one-time Oscar nominee — who was struggling to remember her lines.
His final anecdote was about Huffman’s initial lack of confidence around costars Longoria, Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Nicollette Sheridan. “Felicity called her husband character actor William H. Macy, and said to him somewhat tearfully, ‘I feel like the ugliest one in the room,'” claimed Cherry. “Bill’s response? ‘I always feel like I’m the ugliest one in the room.’ She told me, ‘That’s the last time I ever worried about comparing myself to my costars.”
Speaking of costars, Longoria also spoke highly of Huffman in her own letter, saying Felicity was “the first one to take me under her wing” when the show began. Coming in with less experience than the other women, Longoria said Huffman’s “gentle character and kind heart immediately opened up to me.”
“There was a time I was being bulled at work by a co-worker,” Longoria continued, not naming names either. “I dreaded the days I had to work with that person because it was pure torture. Until one day, Felicity told the bully ‘enough’ and it all stopped. Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone.”
Longoria also said Felicity suggested all the main women renegotiate their contracts together, with Eva noting she was the lowest paid one on set … “by far!”
“Well needless to say, that did not go over too well with the others,” explained Longoria. “But Felicity stood up for me, saying it was fair because the success of the show depended on all of us, not one of us. This fight lasted weeks, but Felicity held strong and convinced everyone this was the right thing to do.”
Eva went on to say she “would not have survived those 10 years if it wasn’t for the friendship of Felicity,” adding, “To a young, naive, Mexican girl who felt like I didn’t belong, those gestures meant the world to me.”
In the docs, federal prosecutors recommended the actress serve one month in federal prison and pay a fine of $20,000 for her role in the admissions scam. Huffman formally pled guilty back in May.
The actress admitted to paying mastermind Rick Singer $15,000 to correct her daughter’s SAT scores, one of his “side door” options for sneaking offspring of affluent parents into colleges.
Check out William H. Macy’s letter of support over at TMZ.