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Here’s what the main cast of Desperate Housewives is up to these days

WE STILL LOOK back fondly on the nights when we could stay up late to watch Desperate Housewives on RTÉ2. What a show.

Teri Hatcher (Susan Mayer)

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Before she was the loveable klutz Susan, Teri was a Bond Girl and Lois Lane.

Since Desperate Housewives finished, she’s established herself as a foodie and an activist – and fittingly, she had a recurring role in Supergirl as an evil queen.

Felicity Huffman (Lynette Scavo)

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Lynette was one hell of a character – a cancer survivor, a put-upon wife, and mother to a seemingly never-ending stream of children with names beginning with P.

Felicity Huffman won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for portraying Lynette, and currently stars in the critically lauded American Crime. She recently celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with William H Macy. They’re absolutely adorable.

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Marcia Cross (Bree Van de Kamp)

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Bree Van de Kamp! A legend, an icon, a star, a scheming with a pristine kitchen.

Marcia Cross can now be seen in the crime series Quantico, and has also gone down in Irish telly history thanks to this amazing clip from The Saturday Night Show.

Eva Longoria (Gabrielle Solis)

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The endlessly glamorous Gabby launched Eva Longoria to stardom and landed her a lucrative L’Oreal contract.

She’s still a spokeswoman for the brand, but has turned to producing more than acting in recent years. Fun fact: She produced John Wick. Yes, the violent Keanu Reeves movie.

Nicolette Sheridan (Edie Britt)

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The saucy, devious Edie was one of the most iconic characters on the show but after she was killed off, Nicolette Sheridan accused creator Marc Cherry of assault and wrongful termination, amongst other things.

She’s been cast as Alexis Carrington in the new Dynasty reboot, and we can’t think of anyone more perfect for the role, TBH.

Dana Delany (Katherine Mayfair)

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Bree’s sneaky rival Katherine had a succession of male suitors (including Mike Delfino) before embarking on the show’s first lesbian relationship.

After leaving DH, Dana Delany played the lead role in the medical drama Body of Proof. She also went to the IFTAs in 2012. Why Dana.

Vanessa Williams (Renee Perry)

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Vanessa went straight from her legendary role as Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty to Wisteria Lane, where she again played a rich bitch (but she’s so very good at it, so why deviate?).

She’s been in all sorts since then, including The Good Wife, The Mindy Project, and Broad City.

Alfre Woodard (Betty Applewhite)

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Betty Applewhite kept her son in chains in the basement, because obviously that’s what you do when you think your child is a murderer.

Alfre Woodard has had a career spanning decades, and most recently was cast as Simba’s mother in the upcoming live action Lion King movie. You may also have seen her in Netflix’s Luke Cage series.

James Denton (Mike Delfino)

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Did you just swoon? Us too. Mike Delfino was the hunky plumber who wooed Susan, got run over by Orson Hodge, had amnesia and subsequently forgot Susan, then remembered who she was and finally married her. (What a show this was.)

James Denton actually popped up in Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry’s next show, Devious Maids, and stars in a Hallmark series called Good Witch.

Doug Savant (Tom Scavo)

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Did Tom Scavo and his eternal mid-life crisis drive you mad? Because he drove us mad, along with poor Lynette.

Doug Savant has mostly had guest roles in shows like Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0 and The X-Files since Desperate Housewives wrapped.

Kyle MacLachlan (Orson Hodge)

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Kyle was already well-known when Orson met Bree in the third series of the show, having starred in Sex and the City and the iconic 90s series Twin Peaks.

He’s just been nominated for a Golden Globe for reprising the character of Dale Cooper in the revival of the latter show.

Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Carlos Solis)

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Long suffering Carlos had his work cut out for him: Dealing with Gabby’s affair(s), having some of his own, going blind and then miraculously regaining his sight, careening from riches to rags and back again.

Ricardo has had recurring roles in loads of TV shows, from Scandal to Jane The Virgin and most recently, Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.

Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer)

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Julie Mayer was the mature daughter of Susan, who looked after her mam more than her mam looked after her. Since finishing up in the role in 2012, Andrea’s been in loads of TV movies as well as an episode of Scandal.

Jesse Metcalfe (John Rowland)

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Ah, John the gardener who had an affair with Gabby! Jesse was an It Man of the late 2000s – after Despos (and John Tucker Must Die), he was in the Dallas reboot and currently stars in a Hallmark series called Chesapeake Shores.

Jesse dated our very own Nadine Coyle from 2005 to 2008 and even had her likeness tattooed on his arm, which is of course a great idea.

Madison De La Garza (Juanita Solis)

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Madison was just seven years old when she was cast as the daughter of Gabriella and Carlos. She recently celebrated her 16th birthday with her big sis, singer Demi Lovato.

That face, composed in its porcelain smile, is a shield with which Bree Van De Kamp meets the world.

As any viewer of “Desperate Housewives” knows, Bree has plenty not to smile about. Last season her husband died — and worse (as she discovered later) it was at the hand of George, her twisted admirer. Then this murderous swain offed himself in an ill-advised gamble that Bree would demonstrate her love by saving him from his drug overdose.

Meanwhile, Bree’s teenage son is scandalizing her by coming out of the closet. And she seems to have developed a drinking problem.

Even with Bree’s defensive smile, it’s mighty hard to keep up appearances on Wisteria Lane!

But here is Marcia Cross on break from playing Bree, and she presents quite a different picture. Oh, the red hair and porcelain skin are the same. But in person, Cross comes across as far more delicate and vulnerable than Bree would permit for herself on the hit ABC series (9 p.m. ET Sunday).

Indeed, Cross is focusing on a lifelong vulnerability. As a paid spokeswoman for GlaxoSmithKline, maker of a migraine headache medication, she wants to talk about her long affliction with migraines, and what she’s done to combat it.

“I suffer from a classic migraine,” says Cross, 43, whose headaches began when she was 14. “My fingers tingle, and I see a very odd sort of aura in my peripheral vision. I know when it’s coming on, and I take my medication, and in a number of hours I’m back on my feet again.

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“But before that, I was knocked out and writhing in pain, and it was horribly excruciating.”

Besides the introduction of such medicine in recent years, Cross has benefited from her increased understanding of stress and diet management.

“I feel that I have a handle on it,” she declares.

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Of the more than 28 million Americans who suffer from migraines, three times more women than men are affected — and tightly wound, control-freak Bree would seem to be a ready candidate.

Cross laughs at the thought of her own ailment imposed upon Bree. But then it dawns on her: The idea might just work.

“I might have to ask Marc about putting it in,” she muses.

From Melrose Place to Wisteria LaneShe is referring, of course, to “Desperate Housewives” mastermind Marc Cherry, who created Bree and the dishy dames played by Cross’ co-stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan.

“I’m still pinching myself, I really am, at my good fortune” at being signed for the show, says Cross, for whom lightning has struck twice: In the 1990s, she starred on another wildly popular series, the Fox soap “Melrose Place,” where she played a love-plagued, wacko doctor.

“I never thought I would live Kimberly Shaw down,” says Cross with a laugh. “So the fact that I’ve got another character, very different, under my belt is great.”

Each show ranks as a cultural phenomenon, but Cross points out that, unlike “Desperate Housewives,” “Melrose” was never exactly a critical favorite.

“It’s very nice to be able to do your work and be respected for it,” she says. “It’s not that my work is any different, because I always took ‘Melrose’ very, very seriously. I would pretend it was some really important film, every day. But I don’t have to make any excuses for this one.”

Even so, sometimes she feels the urge to make excuses for Bree and her deviant behavior.

“I’m given a script and I’m always saying to Marc, ‘Please don’t make me do that!’ When I had to let George die, I had three meetings with Marc, begging him. And he was like, ‘Marcia, trust me. Have I let you down yet?’

“So I was pushed to go find that reality for myself. But I’m always kind of appalled and shocked by where she goes.”

Is Cross saying it shocked her that Bree would sit and watch George die, even out of vengeance?

“It did!” she winces. “It was horrific!”

Maybe her reaction is connected with her lifelong interest in human behavior — a level of curiosity that fueled her drive to earn a master’s degree in psychology.

“I’m so fascinated with the mind and consciousness and everybody’s story,” she says. “It’s kind of why we’re here, I think.

“My fiance,” she goes on, referring to businessman Tom Mahoney, whom she plans to wed this summer, “just watched me salivate getting a new book from Amazon.com on psychoanalytic techniques. I couldn’t wait to open it.”

All of which suggests that Cross might be uniquely qualified to analyze her “Desperate Housewives” alter ego.

Bree is “certainly not psychotic,” Cross begins. “She’s just a garden-variety, highly neurotic functioning human. So I would just want to get her to be more able to feel, and integrate her feelings — cause that’s where the trouble comes from, a lot of it.

“I think she would be a very interesting patient,” says Cross affectionately. “I’d recommend she come three times a week.”

Pregnant Marcia Cross Put on Bed Rest

Marcia Cross, who is expecting twins with husband Tom Mahoney in April, has been ordered to rest in bed, her publicist said Wednesday.

“This is a precautionary measure only,” spokesperson Heidi Slan tells the Associated Press. She declined to provide other specifics on the Golden Globe-nominated actress.

Producers on the three-season-old Desperate Housewives, in which Cross, 44, stars as the perfectionist Bree Van De Kamp, have opted to move production to the actress’s Los Angeles home for two days at the end of this week, reports TV Guide‘s .

On Sunday night’s episode of the ABC hit, Cross was decidedly starting to show, despite the best efforts of the director of photography, since Bree is not pregnant in the storyline.

Cross and stockbroker Mahoney, 48, were married in June 2006. In October, Cross announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she was expecting twins, saying: “I was sort of blown away that I was having twins, so I just needed a minute to deal with it.”

She also said in December that she was not having problems with her pregnancy. “I haven’t had a thing,” she said, “I am absolutely, 100 percent fine.” But she admitted, “It’s hard to carry around all that weight. I wake up feeling like me and then I step on the ground and I’m like, whose body is that walking to the bathroom?”

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Marcia Cross Coping with Grief

In 1993 Marcia Cross, of Desperate Housewives fame, was 31 and in a five year relationship with actor Richard Jordan. When he died suddenly from a brain tumour she found grief “hit me hard, threw me for a loop (and) life passed me by”.

Interviewed by talk show host Kristy Spraggon, Marcia Cross gives an honest account of how she initially struggled but eventually managed to build a positive life out of tragedy, “It took me close to a decade to get through the, loss”.

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When asked what eventually helped, Marcia says, “Taking small actions, small actions to stay involved in life (and) one thing leads to another. Being open to other possibilities, keep digging deep and friends.”

“Taking small actions, small actions to stay involved in life”

Cross returned to education in 1997, four years after Jordan’s death, to earn her master’s degree in psychology.

Marcia described how the thinking of, “nothing bad happens to you” was lost and how that has carried through to the present.

Armed with what she now knows about grief what could have fast-tracked her through the grieving process, she answered, “Many things, realising what the grieving process is about. But you don’t know when you’re in it, you’re just so deep in it. Especially if you’re young, I was 31, and it was a big loss to try and understand… (grief) is really difficult. None of us are ever equipped to deal with death, at any age”

In 2006 she married stockbroker Tom Mahoney and they went on to have twins. In 2009 her husband was diagnosed with cancer but he is now in remission.

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Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross has said that she wants to “end the stigma” around anal cancer as she opens up about her battle with the disease.

The Bree Van de Kamp actress was diagnosed with the condition back in 2017, and is now nearly a year into remission.

“I want to help put a dent in the stigma around anal cancer,” she told People. “I’ve read a lot of cancer-survivor stories, and many people, women especially, were too embarrassed to say what kind of cancer they had. There is a lot of shame about it. I want that to stop.”

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Cross revealed that during her treatment she managed to find humour in everything, recalling: “In the beginning, I just sort of lay down for the parting of the cheeks and I would float away. Because what are you going to do?”

However, she stressed that people needed to be aware of the symptoms – including anal bleeding, pain, itching and lumps – and urged them to see a doctor if they suspected something was wrong.

“If something doesn’t feel right, listen to your body and talk to your doctor,” she continued. “Don’t let it go. It’s a very curable cancer if caught early, which mine was.

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“If you or a loved one are diagnosed, the Anal Cancer Foundation is an amazing resource. And one I turned to often.”

Meanwhile, Cross has been cast in the upcoming Jane the Virgin spin-off Jane the Novela, playing the role of Renata, a manipulative and glamorous mother.

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Sam Warner Sam Warner is Digital Spy’s freelance news reporter.

Real Life Partners Of The Desperate Housewives Cast

Desperate Housewives was the pop culture phenomenon that dominated television ratings throughout the 2000s. Known for its ridiculous storylines and intriguing mysteries, the series followed the housewives of Wisteria Lane as they struggle to cope with random disappearances, murder and addiction (amongst many other things!).

The ensemble cast featured Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp, and Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis. Of course, Brenda Strong also played the deceased series narrator and occasional ghost character Mary Alice Young.

We’ve seen the lives and loves of these characters develop dramatically over the course of eight seasons, but what about the actors and actresses who portrayed them? Scroll down the article below to find out everything you ever needed to know about the real life partners of the Desperate Housewives cast.

1. Eva Longoria & José Bastón

Eva Longoria played Gabrielle Solis for eight seasons of Desperate Housewives. At the start of the series, viewers were introduced to a lonely housewife and ex-model who was unhappy in her marriage to Carlos. She embarks on an affair with her gardener John Rowland – and the rest is history!

Unlike Gabrielle, actress Eva Longoria hasn’t had to battle with a husband in jail and surprise pregnancies. She does have a few marriages under her belt though. Longoria was married to General Hospital star Tyler Christopher from 2002 to 2004. After divorcing her second husband Tony Parker in 2010 thanks to his infidelity, Longoria was set up on a blind date with Mexican businessman José Antonio “Pepe” Bastón Patiño.

Bastón is a media executive and ex-president of Televisa. The couple share a son named Santiago, who was born in June 2018.

2. Teri Hatcher & Jon Tenney

Teri Hatcher played main character Susan Mayer in the series. Susan was supposed to act as the emotional anchor in Desperate Housewives amid all of the crazy storylines, and fans quickly took to her goofy romantic nature and magnetic charm. Fans will remember that Susan ended up marrying Mike Delfino (played by James Denton) twice over the course of the series.

Away from the cameras, Hatcher’s love life has experienced some ups and downs of its own. She married actor Jon Tenney in 1994 and the couple had a daughter named Emerson together. Sadly the union ended in divorce and the pair went their separate ways in 1997.

At the moment it looks as though Hatcher is single and ready to mingle!


3. Marcia Cross & Tom Mahoney

Bree Van de Kamp was the housewife who wanted to live the perfect suburban life, all while trying to battle alcoholism and widowhood along the way. Both of Bree’s marriages in the main series break down and end in divorce, but she does eventually marry again for a third time in the series – to none other than her divorce lawyer Trip Weston.

Compared to her on-screen character, Marcia Cross has enjoyed a relatively stress-free love life. In 2006, she married Tom Mahoney, a stockbroker, and gave birth to their twin daughters in 2007 thanks to a successful round of IVF.

Actress Marcia Cross has revealed that she will miss her Desperate Housewives counterpart Bree Van de Kamp “immensely”.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Cross revealed that she will be sad to see the end of the TV series, which is going into its eight, and last season.

She said: “I will miss Bree immensely. We’ve been through so much together. We’ve tackled marriages, babies, deaths, cancer… It’s been a long, interesting journey on Desperate Housewives, so it’s going to be difficult to say goodbye.

“She will be like an old friend that I will miss dearly, although as an actor you always look forward to doing new things. I guess it’s bittersweet.”

The star also spoke about how much her life has changed since she joined the show, saying: “How didn’t it change? During the show I got married, I had twins and I took care of my husband at one point when he was sick. I went from thinking I was giving up my acting career to working on a hugely successful show.

“I’ve been working so hard for the past eight years and I’m tired – but I’m also deliciously tired because what a wonderful life I’ve lived. I’m looking forward to having a rest and being able to give to those I haven’t been able to see.”