By Jeffrey Epstein
We first got to know her as Ellen�s best bud on the groundbreaking show Ellen. We adored her as a blackjack dealer/investigator on Wild Card (on Lifetime television for women and gay men). And we can�t wait to love to hate her as Lynette�s (Felicity Huffman) new boss from hell on Desperate Housewives! �I am the new bitch in town!� she coos. We got a chance to chat with the actress and longtime friend of the gays.
So how did you land your Desperate gig?
It was like 10 o�clock at night and they said they wanted me there on Desperate Housewives tomorrow morning and I said, �OK, why? What�s happening?� And I went down there and, by the end of the day, I was part of the show. It�s wonderful.
From Ellen to Desperate Housewives�one gay fave to another!
I�m gay friendly. [Laughs] I say that jokingly, but actually it�s true. I surround myself with people that I love and they happen to be gay, most of them.
And you performed at the Village at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
I did. I did my one-woman show there when I was preggers and donated all the money back to the Center. I�m Better Midler!
A lot has changed for you since Ellen. For one, you have a daughter!
My daughter is 4 years old and she is ridiculous�ridiculous. She told me when I left, �Au revoir, mommy. Au revoir.� I was like�ridiculous.
Did you watch Desperate Housewives before?
I had a bit, but it�s really difficult for me to watch TV at all with a 4-year-old, and I was putting a music thing together�then I was in Toronto shooting a show for two years�I didn�t watch TV at all. But now I�ve seen a bunch of them, so now I know where I�ll fit in.
How bitchy can you be?
You know I am going to reach way down inside me and find my inner C-word. I�m going to torture [Lynette].
Now, were you nervous at all going into a show where the cast had already gelled?
Nothing really makes me nervous except flying.
Do you talk to anyone from the Ellen days at all, still?
I do. I�m in touch with Ellen and I run into Jeremy [Piven] and Clea [Lewis] every now and again. And Dave Higgins and I just recently did the commentary for the Season 2 DVD. So it�s really funny.
Do you remember feeling like you were on a landmark show when you were on it?
Absolutely. I mean, that�s what I said recently to someone. They asked, �What does it feel like to be a part of [Housewives]?� I don�t know why, but I didn�t realize the enormity of the show just because I wasn�t an avid fan. I didn�t run to the TV to watch it just like everybody does. But when I was cast the publicity was crazy, and I thought, Wow, that�s really wild. The only thing I can liken it to is being a part of Ellen because the press had a life of its own with that show, obviously for different reasons. But I am so proud to have been a part of that show. I mean we really changed television. I mean, we would not have Will & Grace if there weren�t an Ellen. And I know all the boys watch Desperate Housewives.