There was a moment where it seemed like the whole world was watching the college admissions scandal play out earlier this year. And yes, one of those people watching was actress Eva Longoria.
You see, Longoria’s friend and former Desperate Housewives co-star Felicity Huffman was just one of the many who found their lives in complete disarray, with Huffman eventually pleading guilty for her part in the scandal. She is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
But no matter what happens, she will be changed.
Just ask Longoria.
“I think she has a heart that is bigger than the sun and that’s the Felicity I know and that’s the woman I choose to support and love,” Longoria shared in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight. “She was humbled by what happened and I think she did handle it with as much grace as she could in that situation.”
Longoria made the comment on Wednesday (July 31) as she took part in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Annual Grants Banquet at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills alongside fellow stars such as This is Us Justin Hartley and Rob Lowe.
“This is one of my favorite nights,” Longoria shared. “It’s unlike the Golden Globes, which is [about] all the glamour and glitz. This is about the work that they do behind the scenes for the scholarships and the grants that they give out. Really, the Golden Globes night is [actually] about tonight. It’s about raising that money so they can do what they’re doing tonight.”
Felicity recently plead guilty to the charges levied agains her where she allegedly ”made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.” The indictment reveals that her daughter, with William H. Macy, was given more time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterwards.”
She later released an apology for her part in the scandal.
“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” she said. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
Felicity is set to be sentenced on Sept. 13.