The Stars and Real-Life Wives
Teri Hatcher is best known for her role as Superman's girlfriend in the Lois and Clark TV series. Now, in Desperate Housewives, Teri plays Susan, a broken-hearted, love-starved divorcee raising a teenage daughter.
How are Teri and Susan alike? "Well, we are both single moms, I have a 6-year-old daughter," says Teri. "But I think where we most relate is that I can be incredibly well intended, try very hard to get something right, and it just goes wrong. You know? I'm unlucky that way and I think she's very unlucky."
"I could not have more fun than this character," says Nicollette. "She's strong. She's smart. She's a minx. … You keep picking on Edie. You know she [Susan, Teri Hatcher's character] is gonna win! She's so sweet. She's so gorgeous."
While Eva says it's great to play a Latin woman who's the richest person on the block "with a white gardener," Eva says Gabrielle's world isn't perfect.
"I think one of Gabrielle's lessons that she learns, and she says it in the pilot, is, 'I have everything I've ever wanted, but I wanted all the wrong things,'" says Eva. "And to know that, as a woman, you can change that…if you wanted that and you have it, you can want something else. You can be empowered to change that."
Marcia says she is nothing like her character. "Oh, honey, there's nothing about me that's perfect. Trust me. … When your producer called, I was late to work, I didn't know who was shooting…no, there's nothing perfect."
Although Marcia says trying to be perfect is "frighteningly tiring," Bree does have something she envies. "My joke is that I'm desperate to be a housewife," says Marcia. "I'm missing the husband and the kids and the nice house."
In real life, Felicity juggles two kids and a career with her husband, fellow actor William H. Macy. Felicity says she can relate to the insanity that comes with motherhood. "I have two [kids] and my husband's home right now and I have help. But I find I'm pushed to the brink many times during the day. So, yes, I understand the insanity."
Being in "frazzled mommy mode" apparently helped Felicity get the role of Lynette. "I thought I pulled it together," says Felicity. "I had taken a shower. My shirt was clean. My shoes matched my pants. And then when [Executive Producers] Michael [Edelstein] and Marc [Cherry] talk about it, they were like, 'You were a mess! You came in, it was perfect!'"
"I flirt with everyone," Melissa says. "It just makes me feel good. I'm relentless when it comes to flirting with my girlfriends' husbands. I stand beside them a lot and I'm very touchy, so I touch them a lot. I hug and kiss them, and I just try to make them feel good. You know, sometimes they don't get that at home. I'm having so much fun in my life, because I can finally be myself!"
Melissa also admits that she and her current partner have had sex six times in one day! Nicollette Sheridan says, "I think Edie has something to live up to now!"
"I was just was so lonely and empty," Maggie says. "When I met this guy, we started out as friends. I feel guilty about the affair. I was a desperate housewife looking for the thing that was going to fix it and make it feel better. … Every day just felt like a freefall. A lot of times I felt like I needed to take medication, sort of hoping that it would just kind of numb me."
Maggie and her husband were separated, but are now back together.
"There have been times where I didn't think we were going to stay married," Rick says.
"My perfectionist attitude has a tremendous effect on my relationship with my husband," Dana says. "He's a great guy and I drive him nuts. And I don't want to do that."
Dana says seeing herself in Bree was hard, yet helpful. "Both of my kids literally turned around and said, 'Mom, that's you,'" says Dana. "Oh, my heart just sank. … Desperate Housewives is like therapy because I see how miserable the husband is. I see the kids. And it's like I need to learn how to tone it down."
"One day I sat down and I was watching The Oprah Winfrey Show, this amazing episode about women who had given birth and didn't feel particularly maternal," says Marc. "And they weren't telling their friends. Some of them worried about being judged. And that was kind of a revelation to me. … These four women in my neighborhood on Desperate Housewives, they're friends, but they're not telling each other what's going on in their lives."