Why This Former ‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Was Called the ‘Meanest Woman’ By Her Castmate

by Jeremy Spirogis
Teri Hatcher during an ABC 2004 summer press tour.

Desperate Housewives introduced us eight seasons of gossip, adultery, and feuds as audiences adopted the lives of the residents of Wisteria Lane. This imaginary very good was dwelling to the present’s housewives, every with their very own sophisticated lives that appeared nice from the skin, however hid secrets and techniques and lies behind closed doorways. In the years because the present led to 2012, new data has come to mild concerning the real-life dramas that occurred between the actors and creatives behind the scenes.

Was Teri Hatcher probably the most troublesome solid member to work with?

Teri Hatcher during an ABC 2004 summer press tour.
Teri Hatcher | Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage

Teri Hatcher performed Susan Mayer, one of many central characters on the present, and has been on the coronary heart of rumors surrounding the solid for years. The 5 predominant stars of the present have been concerned in a Vanity Fair cowl story shoot for the May 2005 version and by April, rumors have been already swirling round concerning the solid squabbles.

Speculation that it was Hatcher’s doing facilities round stories from an unidentified ABC rep who apparently warned the workforce “not to let Teri go to wardrobe first.” When they didn’t heed the warning the rep reportedly additionally mentioned: “This is a problem. I’m getting text messages from Eva [Longoria]. Everything is not fine.”

During the shoot, it was reported that Marcia Cross threw a match as a result of Hatcher was subsequent to her in the course of the photograph, and Hatcher was repositioned to the far aspect of the group in remaining photographs. Even the duvet fed into the gossip exclaiming: “You wouldn’t believe what it took just to get this photo!”

In the years because the present ended, Hatcher is frequently omitted of the dialog in posts by fellow actors wanting again on their time on the present. Though it’s unclear is she was the supply of the issue or simply an unwitting sufferer. 

Eva Longoria appeared to come back to her protection in an OK! Magazine interview saying: “You know, Teri was just a loner. I don’t know. Me and Marcia [Cross] and Felicity [Huffman] were a lot closer because we are just girlie girls who like to be in each other’s company. Teri didn’t. There was no bad blood, I think that was just the way it was.”

Perhaps it was for that reason that she was additionally noticeably absent from just a few court docket instances involving solid and crew members as properly.

Show creator Marc Cherry acquired in authorized hassle

Though the rumors could have hit Hatcher the toughest, it was present creator Cherry that acquired in some authorized hassle. Nicollette Sheridan sued Cherry claiming that he assaulted her throughout an argument after which killed off her character from the present in retaliation. The different ladies of the solid have been all introduced in as witnesses within the trial, apart from Hatcher.

In Sheridan’s testimony, she said: “Mr. Cherry stepped toward me and hit me upside the head … it was a nice wallop across the head. I was stunned. I couldn’t believe he just hit me. I looked at him, and I could tell he was stunned.”

Cherry claims he was demonstrating blocking for a scene and had solely tapped her on the pinnacle, however later apologized anyway.

During the course of the trial Cherry additionally claimed: “There was a problem going on between Nicollette Sheridan and Teri Hatcher… They were furious with each other. Nicollette pulled me aside and told me that Teri Hatcher was the meanest woman in the world because of how she was acting.”

Sheridan’s case was ultimately tossed out, however it did convey to mild others who had had points with Cherry. One former staffer advised the Daily Beast: “He will dress you down in front of the staff. He will assault an idea. He is very confrontational in this way. He has hissy fits.”

Perhaps the dysfunction among the many solid and crew began from the highest.

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Huffman acquired into some authorized hassle of her personal because the finish of the present since she was discovered to be a part of the faculty admissions scandal. As solid members — Hatcher was once more excluded— wrote letters of help for her, new claims about their time on the present bubbled up within the course of.

Longoria’s letter claimed: “‘I dreaded the days I had to go to work with that person because it was pure torture. ‘Until one day, Felicity told the bully “enough” and all of it stopped.”

Cherry’s letter said: “We had a problematic cast member on my show. She was a big star with some big behavioural problems. Everyone tried their darnedest to get along with this woman over the course of the show. It was impossible. And things went from bad to worse.”

Though they by no means specify which solid member they’re referring to, many assume that it was Hatcher, however judging by the exhibits sophisticated previous, it may simply as simply have been Sheridan. One that is for certain, Cherry actually has sufficient supply materials to create a number of seasons of a brand new soap-like drama.

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