A Must be that everybody in Hollywood is a jerk, if I seem so nice. I think the problem with the business, if you don’t come at it late in life, like I did, is there’s a tendency to feel like it’s about you. I was always hopefully old and wise enough to realize my sudden [appearances on] magazines and TV Guide covers [were related to] “Desperate Housewives.” The show was huge. I’ve been on a bunch of shows, but I was never on TV Guide before. It was all about that hip show and the right role. Some people don’t realize that and they think it’s some kind of entitlement and they’re the reason everything is popular. I’m smart enough to know better.
Q Why didn’t I ever hear about you having run-ins with the paparazzi?
A [Laugh] Somehow I stayed out of trouble and avoided the paparazzi. Some of my best friends weren’t so lucky. I just am too boring. You’re not going to see me at the Viper Club at 3 a.m., not with an 8- and 10-year-old.
Q Nicole Kidman was walking into a NYC hotel when she is mowed down by a bicycling paparazzi. I didn’t know they were on bikes. What should be that papster’s punishment?
A The paparazzi thing is a tough job. They have to make a living, and it’s completely legal and legitimate. And then you have the people who run over Nicole Kidman with bicycle. I think they need to have some kind of a structure. From Princess Diana until recently, I think they can structure it and maybe define the law better. They do put you in some tough situations. I always just keep walking. If I just ignore them for two seconds they go away. The big stars don’t get left alone. But I can understand how if you’re a big star it can be tough.
Q I was not a Desperate Housewives watcher, but I’ve always been a huge Nicollette Sheridan fan. What did you make of her problems with show producer Marc Cherry?
A The whole Nicollette Sheridan thing was tough, because we’re such good friends, and Marc was my boss and we’re friends as well. I was the only actor testifying in that deal, which was not any fun. I was there the day it happened. I think it was some hurt feelings. When Nicollette was let go [there] was a story-point reason, and I think she took it personally, which is completely understandable, and then it just snowballed from a lack of communication. I think so much of both of them; it was a horrible spot to be in, being on the witness stand. I think it turned out OK. I hope it doesn’t haunt her. She went after them pretty hard, but she felt like she was wronged. Great girl, really fun to have a beer with, Nicollette Sheridan.
Q What’s the real reason all the other women seemed to hate Teri Hatcher?
A [Sustained laughter] Why didn’t the women get along? I honestly believe from the very beginning, the Vanity Fair story, the big blow up at the photo shoot, Season 1, that all the women, speaking from an objective perspective, felt this was their big shot. Their one opportunity to make the most of this monster TV show. We were all in our 40s. Hollywood’s tough on women. I think it was a scramble for the spotlight between their publicists and managers. It kind of became an elbowing contest to get to the middle of the photo. I don’t think it was anything personal, all business, but kind of understandable, because you want to capitalize on a show like that. Then it gets personal, feelings get hurt. They were all kind of jostling over the same lens. How’s that? [I provided some tap dancing music] Exactly, tap dancing there.
Q Play a game with me. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name Eva Longoria?
A Funny, funny, funny. And respect. Eva got her master’s degree during the show. Went to class, sat in a classroom, when L’Oreal was paying her eight figures to do these ads. I thought that was cool.
Q Felicity Huffman?
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