"I love the art of TV or film or theater because it can transport you and you can connect to what is wonderful and magical or awful and moving about being human, the truth of the human soul, and it's a kind of magic."
About This Interview
In the over two-hour solo portion of her interview, Felicity Huffman discusses her childhood love of acting and her first television role, on an ABC Afterschool Special. She describes attending New York University and meeting her future husband, actor William H. Macy when she studied with him and playwright David Mamet at the Practical Aesthetics Workshop (now the Atlantic Acting School). She then details founding the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, an appearance on The X-Files, and being cast on the Aaron Sorkin-created show, Sports Night. For Sports Night, Huffman describes the casting process, working with Sorkin and director Thomas Schlamme, and the ultimate demise of the show. She then moves on to Desperate Housewives, including being cast on the show, her character, "Lynette Scavo," specific episodes, and working with show creator Marc Cherry. Huffman describes her current role on John Ridley's American Crime, and concludes by giving advice to aspiring actors and sharing how she would like to be remembered. In their nearly one-hour joint interview, Huffman and Macy tell the story of how they met and the first time they appeared on stage together. They discuss the challenges of balancing their careers and their marriage, the pros and cons of working together, and their favorite stories about each other. They touch on TV movies they worked on together and conclude by sharing where they see themselves in ten years. Adrienne Faillace conducted the interviews on February 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.