American actress Felicity Huffman is prominent as Lynette Scavo in the series Desperate Housewives. In addition to this, she has worked in various movies like Transamerica, Magnolia, and recently When They See Us.
Here we will learn seven interesting facts of the actress.
7. Was a Teacher of Jessica Alba
At the age of 16, Jessica Alba took part in a six-week intensive drama program at Atlantic Theatre Company, whose founder is Huffman's husband, William H. Macy.
As a matter of fact, Huffman had an on and off relationship with actor William H. Macy for 15 years until their marriage on September 6, 1997. They have two daughters, Sophia Huffman and Georgia Huffman.
Nevertheless, in the program, Alba learned acting techniques from Huffman and her husband.
On an interview with Daily Record, Alba stated,
"Felicity was very hard on me. She is a tough cookie, that one. I just remember her making me cry because I did not prepare a scene right, or I did not talk loud enough."
6. Is of German Ancestry
Felicity Huffman has German, English, Scottish, French, Dutch, and Irish ancestry. Her great-grandfathers, Gershom Moore Peters, is the founder of the Peters Cartridge Company and prominent Baptist minister.
Felicity Huffman, born on December 9, 1962, is currently 57 years old. Her father, Moore Peters Huffman, worked as a banker and had a partnership with multinational investment bank Morgan Stanley. However, as a teenager, Huffman discovered that Roger Tallman Maher, a family friend, was her biological father.
Despite being born in Bedford, New York, Huffman, along with her brother and six sisters, spent their formative years in Snowmass, Colorado.
5. Has a Good Friendship with Sarah Paulson
Felicity played as Lady Bird Johnson on television film Path to War. From the movie, she developed a friendship with American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson.
Two years after appearing in the movie, they worked in The D.A. The same year, Paulson and Huffman played as an on-screen sister in the series Desperate Housewives.
Interestingly, both starred in the series Law & Order back in 1990; however, they played in different episodes. In 2017, both actresses were nominated in the category of Best Actress in Golden Globe Awards; however, later, Paulson won the award.
4. Shares Same Birth Date with her Co-Star
From 2004 to 2012, the 57-years old actress played as Lynette Scavo in the mystery comedy-drama Desperate Housewives. The show was narrated by Mary Alice Young, played by Brenda Strong.
Strong has worked in numerous shows, most recent being 13 Reasons Why along with actors like Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Ross Butler, and many more.
Along with Strong, Felicity worked with Desperate Housewives actor Jesse Metcalfe. Metcalfe and Huffman were born on the same day, December 9, though Huffman is 16 years older than Metcalfe.
3. Was Sentenced to Jail for Bribery Scandal
On March 12, 2019, 57 years old actress became arrested for her involvement in the nationwide college entrance exam cheating scandal.
According to CNN, Huffman had paid $15,000 to a person who pretended to be Huffman's daughter in an SAT exam.
On May 13, 2019, Huffman pleaded guilty to honest services mail fraud. She became sentenced to 14 days in jail on September 13.
Currently, she is under one year of supervised release along with 250 hours of community service and has been fined $30,000.
What's interesting is that after the scandal, Huffman's daughter Sophia Macy landed in an episode of "The Twilight Zone," according to Fox News.
2. Was Mentioned in Ricky Gervais' Golden Globe Joke
The 58-years stand-up comedian, Ricky Gervais, hosted the 2020 Golden Globe Award. Gervais, who is the fifth time host of the show, opened the evening concerning Felicity Huffman jail sentence saying,
"I came here in a limo tonight and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman. It is her daughter I feel bad for. Must have been the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to her, and her dad was in Wild Hogs."
Nevertheless, he had warned people beforehand about hosting the show for the last time, and he did not want to make his last appearance ordinary.
1. Plays a Prosecutor in When They See Us
The 57-years old actress is currently working on the web series When They See Us, based on the Central Park jogger case.
In the series, Huffman plays as Linda Fairstein, a former prosecutor and head of the se* crimes unit in the Manhattan District Attorney's office during the Central Park Jogger case.
The web series has an ensemble cast as Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams, Logan Marshall-Green, Marquis Rodriguez, Joshua Jackson, Blair Underwood, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Freddy Miyares, Niecy Nash, Aunjanue Ellis, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Kylie Bunbury.