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'Desperate Housewives' star Felicity Huffman says her 'old life died' after the college admissions scandal

'Desperate Housewives' star Felicity Huffman says her 'old life died' after the college admissions scandal
Felicity Huffman attends A New Way Of Life 2022 Gala at Skirball Cultural Center on December 03, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Felicity Huffman says her "old life died" after the college admissions scandal.Leon Bennett/Getty Images
  • "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman says her "old life died" after the college admissions scandal.

  • The 61-year-old actor spoke to The Guardian about how her life has changed since the scandal.

  • In 2019, she admitted to paying $15,000 to have an SAT proctor rig her eldest daughter's exam scores.

"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman says her "old life died" after the 2019 college admissions scandal.

"How I am is kind of a loaded question. As long as my kids are well and my husband is well, I feel like I'm well," Huffman told The Guardian in an interview.

Huffman said she was "still processing" the events of the past five years, including the impact the scandal has had on her career.

"I did a pilot for ABC recently that didn't get picked up. It's been hard. Sort of like your old life died and you died with it," Huffman, 61, said. "I'm lucky enough to have a family and love and means, so I had a place to land."

In 2019, Huffman was among the dozens of wealthy and high-profile individuals embroiled in a scam that involved paying a college admissions consultant, William Singer, to help their children get into elite universities by cheating on exams and bribing college coaches.

Huffman pleaded guilty to fraud charges and admitted to paying $15,000 to have an SAT proctor cheat on a college entrance exam for her eldest daughter.

In the fraudulent SAT, Huffman's daughter received a score that was 400 points higher than her score on a practice test.

Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison and fined $30,000. She was also ordered to do 250 hours of community service and serve one year of supervised release.

In December, Huffman spoke about her involvement in the scam in an interview with ABC-7 Eyewitness News.

The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for her role in "Transamerica," said she felt compelled to participate in the scheme for the sake of her daughter's future.

"It felt like I had to give my daughter a chance at a future," Huffman told ABC-7 Eyewitness News. "And so it was sort of like my daughter's future, which meant I had to break the law."

"And I know hindsight is 20/20 but it felt like I would be a bad mother if I didn't do it. So — I did it," Huffman said.

According to her IMDB page, Huffman hasn't had any major roles since her conviction.

She will be starring in a revival of Taylor Mac's play, "Hir," in London, where she plays Paige, the mother of a transgender child, per The Guardian.

A representative for Huffman did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside regular business hours.

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