Desperate Housewives Star Felicity Huffman on Her Comeback After Jail

As she hits the stage in an anarchic comedy about a family in freefall, the once-Oscar-nominated actor talks about her 2019 fraud conviction, why she’d never play a Trans woman again – and being defended by David Mamet

Who is Felicity Huffman?

Felicity Huffman is an American actress best known for her roles in television and film. She gained widespread recognition for her role as Lynette Scavo on the television series “Desperate Housewives.” Huffman has also appeared in various films, including “Transamerica,” for which she received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Additionally, she has been involved in theater productions and is known for her advocacy work in education and women’s rights. In 2019, she was involved in a college admissions scandal related to paying to have her daughter’s SAT scores boosted, which led to legal consequences for her.

Personal Life

Felicity Huffman, born on December 9, 1962, is an American actress known for her versatile roles on both television and film. She hails from Bedford, New York, and attended Interlochen Arts Academy and New York University. Huffman married actor William H. Macy in 1997, and they have two daughters together. Throughout her career, she has earned critical acclaim for her performances in various projects, including “Desperate Housewives,” where she portrayed Lynette Scavo. Huffman has been involved in charitable activities and has supported various causes, including women’s rights and education.

Felicity Huffman being jail

Not every individual attending the new revival of Taylor Mac’s anarchic comedy Hir (pronounced “here”) may recognize its distinction as one of the 25 most influential works of postwar queer literature, a recognition bestowed upon it by the New York Times, alongside renowned pieces like Angels in America and Giovanni’s Room. However, one aspect remains universally acknowledged by all audience members regarding the show’s lead. “Certainly,” concurs Felicity Huffman, who portrays Paige, the vibrant, liberated mother of a transgender son. “I carry it with me when I enter the room. I achieved it. It’s unequivocal.”

When we convene in the empty auditorium of the Park theatre in London, Felicity Huffman alludes to her 2019 criminal conviction. Huffman wedded to Fargo actor William H. Macy, admitted guilt to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying $15,000 (£12,000) to enhance her eldest daughter’s SAT score, aiding her college acceptance. Huffman recently expressed feeling like a deficient mother had she not taken that action.

“I am not excusing my actions, but responses have varied from compassionate to harsh,” says the 61-year-old, once the star of Desperate Housewives, now perched at the stage’s edge with her laptop. “I was considering my responses to potential questions,” she mentions, although her gaze hardly lingers on the screen. Reflecting on the college admissions scandal, where she served an 11-day prison term, paid a $30,000 fine, and fulfilled 250 hours of community service, she references the FBI’s term for the case, “Varsity Blues.””How I am now is quite nuanced. As long as my family is thriving, I perceive myself as well.”


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