Set on the pristine suburban street of Wisteria Lane where nothing was what it seemed, the show detailed the romantic, criminal, and social missteps of complicated characters like Bree Van de Camp Marcia Cross , Lynnette Scavo Felicity Huffman , Edie Britt Nicollette Sheridan , Gabrielle Solis Eva Longoria , Susan Mayer Teri Hatcher , and their various and assorted ill-behaved husbands, boyfriends, and children.
While the plots of Desperate Housewives were often scandalous and ridiculous, the lives of the performers on set and off were often even more gossip-worthy. Here are some of the most interesting stories from the lives of the Desperate Housewives cast. Longoria married French-born NBA superstar Tony Parker in , and things seemed to be fine and dandy…until they weren't. She filed for divorce in , citing "irreconcilable differences," although there were rumors that Parker had been unfaithful.
Longoria later confirmed the gossip on Lifetime's The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet—she said she discovered hundreds of sexts between Parker and "the other woman," Erin Barry, the ex-wife of one of Parker's teammates. There was nastiness during a Vanity Fair photo shoot The Desperate Housewives cultural juggernaut was at its peak when Vanity Fair placed the main cast on its cover in During the photo shoot, however, things got ugly. In order to keep the rest of the cast happy, a representative from ABC reportedly told the magazine to keep cast member Teri Hatcher in check and to not let her act like she was the "star"—specifically, to prevent her from getting first choice of wardrobe or being placed in the center of photographs.
Despite those instructions, Hatcher arrived early so as to get first crack at outfits, and then wound up in the center of a photo.
When co-star Marcia Cross realized Hatcher had been given the star treatment, she reportedly stormed off the set. Jesse Metcalfe's ex-girlfriend spilled the beans about their relationship Getty Images One of the most salacious plots on Desperate Housewives was also one of its first: In real life, Metcalfe's romantic life was almost as embarrassing, if a book written by a former flame is to be believed. Courtney Robertson , who "won" season 16 of The Bachelor and thereby the love of some guy named Ben, wrote Confessions of a Reality Show Villain, which includes details of her other conquests, including Adrian Grenier of Entourage—and Metcalfe.
After meeting at an L. Their relationship ended in , when Metcalfe entered rehab, consistent with Robertson's recollection that he admitted to having substance abuse troubles and would "disappear for days at a time.
In real life, McDonough is a devout Catholic, so committed to his morals that he refuses to do sex scenes. After he left Housewives and joined the cast of ABC's short-lived primetime soap Scoundrels, McDonough once again voiced his opposition to filming a sex scene, this time with co-star Virginia Madsen.
And then he was fired. One of those actresses: Emmy-winning Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman. In , Huffman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Transamerica, as a transgender woman who goes on a road trip with son.
Otherwise, Weinstein said, he'd pull the Transamerica promotion budget. Huffman later confirmed the story and her publicist's comments. Eva Longoria's troubled restaurant portfolio Getty Images Eva Longoria was the breakout star of the early years of Desperate Housewives, and used the show to propel herself to bigger and better things, such as a movie career and owning a bunch of restaurants.
Unfortunately, almost all them have had sketchy histories. Beso, a Latin American fusion place in Hollywood, was sued in by a man who claimed an employee assaulted him during an after party for Longoria's movie Lowriders.
It's now a new joint called Viva Hollywood. That's not even Longoria's most beleaguered restaurant. That would be SHe, an upscale steakhouse marketed to women. What makes a steakhouse lady-friendly? Two years after opening, the local health department temporarily shut it down after giving it 21 demerits on an inspection. Less than a month later, SHe shut down for good.
The Vanessa Williams photo scandal Getty Images Vanessa Williams has had a long, varied career with many different stages. Before that, she had a wildly successful career as a singer, with huge hits like "Save the Best for Last" and "Colors of the Wind.
Not only is she the most famous Miss America of all time, she was also the first ever African-American woman to win the title…and the first to have to give up her crown due to a nude photo scandal. While working as a photographer's assistant two years before the pageant, Williams posed for what she thought were some artful, naked silhouettes for her boss. They also weren't silhouettes—Williams was fully recognizable. Nicollette Sheridan's ex-fiance wrote a tell-all about her Getty Images Nicolette Sheridan has been romantically linked with some of the most deliciously cheesy names of the '70s, '80s and '90s, including teen idol Leif Garrett, Charles in Charge star Scott Baio, L.
Law hunk Harry Hamlin, and soft rock superstar Michael Bolton. Probably the least famous beau she's been with is a Swedish stuntman named Niklas Soderblom. She first approached him in a Malibu coffee shop in , and a year later, he proposed.
Shortly thereafter, Soderblom has alleged, things got weird. He says Sheridan was prone to temper tantrums and wouldn't let him sleep in her bedroom, because she'd lock herself in there with her dog and eat ice cream all night.
These and other claims were made in Soderblom's memoir, Desperate Houseman. Oh, and they never did get married.