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Felicity Huffman Thought She'd Do More Movies After 'Transamerica'

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 28th 2010 8:02AM
Felicity HuffmanIf you're wondering why Felicity Huffman of 'Desperate Housewives' hasn't done more movies since her Oscar-nominated leading role in 'Transamerica' five years ago, you'd be wondering alongside Huffman herself.

"I was anticipating doing more movies," she told me as TCA members toured the Wisteria Lane set on the first day of the summer press tour. "I got a lot of movie scripts for a while... I don't really get them anymore."

Huffman said she underestimated how much time she'd really have during her five-week 'Housewives' breaks, but that wasn't all she underestimated. "Independent films have taken a dive. They're becoming harder and harder to do and somewhat extinct because there's a glut on the market, and they're just so hard to get funding. So I feel like the golden age of independent movies, at least the way they were being done, is over."

As for those hiatuses, Huffman could never figure out "how to find the right project that you want to do that will shoot you out in five weeks," she said. "'Transamerica' wasn't five weeks, it was (shot) after we shot the pilot (for 'Housewives' in 2004), and it was months before we got picked up and we came back to shoot (the series)."

Being the industry vet she is, though, she took things in stride. "It was the nature of the business that you're hot and everyone wants you, and then you're not so hot." Being on a hit series going into its seventh season likely softens the blow.

More from the set of 'Housewives' later today.

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