Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Felicity Huffman: The Hardest-Working 'Lazy' Actress in Hollywood

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Felicity Huffman: The Hardest-Working 'Lazy' Actress in Hollywood

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PASADENA, Calif. - Actress Felicity Huffman claims she's lazy. The star of "Desperate Housewives," "Sports Night" and "Transamerica" says that because she is lazy, she tries harder.

"I always feel that uncomfortable going into a role. The way I compensate for it is I work really hard. I try and make up in hard work what I might lack in natural talent," she says, seated in a frieze side-chair in a hotel here.

"And that's not natural to me. I'm naturally lazy, but I just work really hard, and whenever I look at it I go, 'Is there anything I can do today? Have I left anything undone?'"

When it comes to acting, rarely has Ms. Huffman left anything undone. A prime example is her latest role as the relentless mother seeking the killer of one of her sons in ABC's vivid drama "American Crime," premiering tonight.

She plays the ex-wife of Timothy Hutton, and there's not a moment that you doubt this couple have suffered the barbs of marital exigencies for years.

Ms. Huffman herself is happily married to actor William H. Macy ("Shameless"). But she didn't go willingly. The two dated for 15 years before they finally wed. "I was so scared of marriage that I thought I would've preferred to step in front of a bus," she says.

"Bill Macy asked me to marry him several times over several years. And I was finally smart enough to go: 'I'm going to marry this guy or really lose him for good.' And it was after we broke up for four or five years when he asked me again, I knew I couldn't say no. It was the work I had to do in order to bring myself to the marriage and then the work that I did to be able to trust another person and see what comes out of that comfort and that safety. I was able to blossom out of that."

She says she was fearful that she would lose her identity. "I thought I'd disappear. Men's stock when they get married goes up. …

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