Eva Longoria Defends Former ‘Desperate Housewives’ Costar Felicity Huffman Amid College Admissions Scandal
She’s defending her pal. Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman starred alongside each other on the longrunning ABC TV series Desperate Housewives for eight years, but their friendship is still going strong even after the show came to an end in 2012. So much that Eva, 44, wrote a letter to the judge who is overseeing the college admissions scandal case and she argued why she thinks her friend should receive the minimum of the government’s recommended sentence — which is one month in jail, followed by 12 months of supervised release and a fine of $20,000.
“I worked with Felicity for nearly a decade of my life on a television show. Seeing her every day, of every week for nearly 15 hours a day when I began the TV show, I was very new to the business and industry as a whole. Felicity was the first want to take me under her wing,” Eva wrote in documents obtained by In Touch. “From the first table rid of the transcript, she noticed me sitting alone, scared and unsure of where to go to much to do. Her gentle character and kind heart immediately opened up to me. She approached me, introduced yourself and said, ‘Don’t be scared we will get through this together,’ as she sat down beside me and never left my side since that day.”
She went on to explain how Huffman stood up for her when she was being bullied by a coworker onset of the popular series, and all of the advice and support she received from Huffman over the year. “I know I would not have survived those 10 years if it wasn’t for the friendship of Felicity,” Eva continued.
Eva pointed out Huffman’s kindness towards her, and recalled the time that she found out she was being vastly underpaid compared to her other costars. Huffman decided that they should band together and negotiate a “favored nations” salary, which meant that all four actresses would be paid the same salary. “Well, needless to say, that did not go over too well with the others. 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 wrote. Eventually, the cast members agreed to the “favored nations” salary.
She concluded her letter with a sweet statement about her longtime friend. “She always leads with her heart and has always put others first,” Eva added. “This is why I still call her my friend today and always.”
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