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Why I Love ... Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman never ceases to amaze me. In a show as over-the-top silly as "Desperate Housewives," Huffman often brings an unexpected sophistication and seriousness. In Transamerica she gave an astounding, unparalleled performance as a man preparing for the final operation that will make him into a woman. And as of this Friday she's starring with Jane Fonda and Lindsay Lohan in Georgia Rule.

I was motivated to write my "Why I Love..." ode to Felicity Huffman not because of the upcoming release of Georgia Rule but because of this week's episode of "Desperate Housewives." As episodes of "DH" go, this one was pretty lame — boring storylines, ridiculous dialog, the works. Yet amidst the 2-dimensional writing and dumb plot turns, I actually found myself moved by Huffman's performance as Lynette.

To find out why,

Having fired her Sexy Sous Chef Rick, Lynette has to pretend it doesn't effect her that the one part of her day when she feels beautiful and desired is gone. She tries to keep a pleasant face for Tom, though her voice breaks just slightly when she's talking with him about having let Rick go from the restaurant. Then she goes into the bathroom and runs the water so Tom won't hear her crying in a surprisingly painful, lonely, private moment. It was startling to see a truly deep, beautiful performance on a show that's become overly campy, predictable and — let's face it — kinda empty.

Even this recent news that she openly admitted to having been drunk on the set of Georgia Rule endears me further to her. With talent like hers, I say let the woman have a drink from time to time. She also — presumably while sober — speaks warmly about Lindsay Lohan, fiercely defending her costar's abilities. This lady has beauty, spirit and grace to spare, which is why I love... Felicity Huffman.


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