Felicity Huffman Says Her ‘Old Life Died’ After Scandal

Felicity Huffman recently reflected on how her life has changed since news of her involvement in the college admissions scandal broke, saying she felt as if her “old life had died.”

In an interview with The Guardian published on Monday, the Desperate Housewives alum discussed the massive scandal, known as Operation Varsity Blues, and her upcoming role in a revival of Taylor Mac’s play Hir at London’s Park Theatre.

“How am I doing is a loaded question,” he said. “As long as my kids are OK and my husband is OK, I feel OK.”

“I’m grateful to be here,” he continued, referring to the drama scheduled to premiere in London next week. “But how am I? I think I’m still processing it.”

Felicity, who is married to fellow actor William H. Macy, then touched on the two-week jail sentence she served for 11 days in 2019 after pleading guilty to mail fraud and honest services fraud in May of that year.

“I did a pilot for ABC recently and it didn’t work out,” he said. “This is difficult. Like your old life died and you died with it.

“I’m lucky enough to have family, love and wealth, so I have a place to land.”

“I’m not hiding what I did at all, but some people were kind and loving. Others haven’t,” he added.

Felicity Huffman husband William H. Macy poses for a photo outside the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts on September 13, 2019. Felicity Huffman husband William H. Macy poses for a photo outside the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts on September 13, 2019.

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The Emmy winner admitted paying an admissions consultant $15,000 (around £11,800) to correct her eldest daughter’s answers on the SATs. In addition to the prison sentence, he was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine (around £23,600) and serve one year of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.

Felicity previously opened up about her life since the national admissions scheme failed in 2019, telling KABC-TV Los Angeles in a wide-ranging interview that she felt at the time that she had to give her daughter “a chance at a future.”

“So this is like my daughter’s future, which means I have to break the law,” she said, later adding: “I know hindsight is 20/20 but I feel like I would have been a bad mother if I hadn’t. do not do it. So I did.”

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