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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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katecroft08 katecroft08 9 years
The best Desperate Housewife! I love her so much! She acts great! *kisses!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I like her too. And I like the plot lines she has with the sous chef on DH.
figurine figurine 10 years
I finally saw Transamerica the other day and YES, Felicity is great. Love her character in Desperate Housewives as well.
andaman andaman 10 years
I think DH is a brillant show. I don't think the writing is lame at all. Sorry buzz, but I am a big fan of that show. I think it's very difficult to write a hit show (i absolutely do), DH isn't a smart show I get that but the writing is brillant. It's funny and it hits all the familiar spots that we know. I totally identify with a lot of stuffs that go on in there. The same way I recognised myself in sex and the city sometimes.
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
I love Felicity too. She is completely amazing in whatever she does.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Well said, Buzz. Her performance last night was great. Really looking forward to seeing Georgia Rule.
smarler smarler 10 years
I've loved Felicity Huffman since she was on Sports Night (I said the same thing about Peter Krause last week, too,) but the night she won the Golden Globe for Transamerica, when she said, "I would like to salute the men and women who brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins to become who they really are," I truly fell in love with her.
skinny-fat skinny-fat 10 years
I used to really like her too but then she called Hohan "brilliant" which made me nauseous :sick: ********************************************** Toto, I have a feeling we're not in America anymore :(
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
I agree! I love her.. she's really a great actress.. Transamerica was a great movie! This weeks DH made me get tears in my eyes as she sobbed by the side of the bathtub!
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