When ‘Desperate Housewives’ came to our screens back in 2004, we were immediately hooked. An intriguing cast of characters and a gripping mystery promised that this would be a show we didn’t want to miss. Thankfully, that’s exactly what it was. Season after season, the show managed to blend storylines worthy of a soap opera with characters that you couldn’t help but love. We never wanted the series to end, but unfortunately, it couldn’t go on forever. Given that eight years have now passed since we last set foot on Wisteria Lane, we can’t help but wonder where the women of ‘Desperate Housewives’ are now.
Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp
The women of Desperate Housewives all had their own distinct personalities. Bree Van de Kamp, for instance, was someone who had a place for everything and liked everything in its place. How she managed to cope with the constant disorder that came from being on Wisteria Lane, we’ll never know. The housewife overcame substance abuse, psychotic boyfriends, and even narrowly avoided going to jail. Add to that other crazy storylines like faking a pregnancy, and it’s a wonder that Bree ever had time left to hang out with her neighbors.
Marcia Cross now
Marcia Cross’ life has been a series of highs and lows since the Desperate Housewives finale. On the positive side of things, her acting has kept her busy, particularly with her recurring role on Quantico. However, while her professional life might have thrived after the show, her health didn’t. She revealed in 2019 that she’d been fighting cancer. Thankfully, she’s now in remission. The diagnosis probably made it difficult to keep her career going, but now she’s in the clear, she can hopefully get things back on track.
Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo
Being a mother is hard, and none of the women of Desperate Housewives knew that better than Lynette Scavo. She spent the entirety of the show trying to juggle the demands of her kids with her desire to forge a career. It often put her at odds with her husband, to the point that they eventually split up. However, just as Lynette always learned to cherish her children, no matter how much they tested her, she and Tom eventually found their way back to one another. They were simply meant to be.
Felicity Huffman now
If you keep up with entertainment news, then you probably know that life for Felicity Huffman hasn’t been the best recently. In 2019, she was arrested for her involvement with the college cheating scandal. She ultimately spent a week and a half behind bars that October. It was a dark moment in what had otherwise been a thriving time for Huffman post-Desperate Housewives. After the finale, she starred in all three seasons of American Crime, and also appeared in movies like Cake and Otherhood too.
Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt
Compared to the other women of Desperate Housewives, Edie was always the outsider. She often struggled to connect with her neighbors, although it was Susan she really had a strained relationship with. The duo spent most of the show at odds with one another, often because they liked the same man. However, despite their rivalry, they still managed to be friends… sometimes. That was until season five when Edie left the show in shocking fashion. An attempt to outrun her deranged husband resulted in her getting electrocuted.
Nicollette Sheridan now
Nicollette Sheridan’s departure from Desperate Housewives wasn’t a positive one. She spent years filing lawsuits claiming that she’d been wrongly terminated and harassed on the show. Unfortunately for her, she wasn’t successful in her attempts at justice. Thankfully, while she might not have had any luck there, she’s at least been victorious in other areas of her life. Landing a main role on the Dynasty reboot and launching Biolumiѐre Organics – an anti-aging moisturizer’ – are perfect examples of that. She also got married in 2015, although that later ended in divorce.
Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young
As character introductions go, none of the women of Desperate Housewives made more of an impact than Mary Alice Young. Within the first few minutes of episode one, she took her life and spent the rest of the series narrating the neighborhood drama. Her passing came as quite a shock to her friends because she’d always seemed so kind and put together. However, there was more to Mary Alice than met the eye. It turned out that not only had she kidnapped her son years ago, but she’d also taken the life of his mother too.
Brenda Strong now
We didn’t actually get to see much of Brenda Strong on Desperate Housewives. Thankfully, things have been a little different with the multitude of other shows she’s been on since it ended. The actress has had a recurring role in Supergirl for the past four years. She was also a returning character for the last three seasons of 13 Reasons Why. On top of that, Strong has starred in shows like The 100, Bones, and All Rise, as well as the occasional short film. She’s even shown her skills as a director on several occasions too.
Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer
With a mother like Susan Mayer, Julie had no choice but to act mature from a young age. She had to cheer her mom up after her divorce, and she never stopped being the shoulder for her to cry on. It definitely took its toll on Julie, with the girl struggling to enjoy her childhood when she already felt like such an adult. That’s probably why she got a little reckless when she grew up, going on to have an affair with a married man and later getting pregnant with Porter Scavo’s child.
Andrea Bowen now
Compared to some of her former co-stars, Andrea Bowen hasn’t been the busiest actress since the show ended. She’s had the odd role in shows like Scandal and TV movies like Pretty Little Addict. However, the only recurring part she’s had in recent years has been as the voice of Aerith Gainsborough on a selection of video games. She’s provided vocals for the English versions of games like ‘Final Fantasy Explorers’ and ‘Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind. Andrea has been voicing the character of Aerith for over a decade now.
Alfre Woodard as Betty Applewhite
After the mystery of Mary Alice Young was solved, viewers wondered what surprises season two would have in store. The answer turned out to be Betty Applewhite and her two sons, one of which was kept locked in the basement. It turned out she’d imprisoned her boy, Caleb, because she believed he’d taken the life of an innocent girl. As it turned out, it was actually her other son who was responsible for that. Fortunately, he ended up paying the ultimate price. It’s no wonder Betty was afraid of getting close to the other women of Desperate Housewives.
Alfre Woodard now
Alfre Woodard was already a big deal when she was cast as Betty Applewhite. Her name definitely preceded her, and she’s continued to build her legacy in the years since season two aired. She’s been a recurring star on many different shows, including True Blood, Empire, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Woodard’s also had central roles in programs like State of Affairs and Luke Cage, in addition to some notable movie parts. She’s appeared in the likes of The Lion King, 12 Years a Slave, and ‘Annabelle, just to name a few.
Dana Delany as Katherine Mayfair
From the moment that Katherine Mayfair set foot on Wisteria Lane, we knew she was a woman with a secret. She came across as the perfect housewife who was intent on constantly one-upping Bree. However, she could only maintain her perfect façade for so long. Eventually, it was revealed that Katherine’s daughter had passed away as a child, and that she’d been replaced with a girl from a Romanian orphanage. Katherine stuck around for several more seasons after that, where she spent most of her time pining for Mike before being institutionalized.
Dana Delany now
Dana Delany was definitely a busy woman in those first few years after Desperate Housewives. She jumped from one regular role to another, appearing first as the lead character in Body of Proof. Straight after that, she featured in the main cast of Hand of God where she remained until it’s cancelation. Her most recent recurring role wasn’t her best, with The Code only airing for one season before getting the boot. However, it kept the actress in work, and we don’t doubt we’ll see her fronting another show very soon.
Drea de Matteo as Angie Bolen
One of the big mysteries of season six was based around the Bolen family and the secrets they were hiding. The mother of the family, Angie, didn’t exactly do well to fit in with the other women of Desperate Housewives. Her tough exterior made everyone suspicious of her motives, and it was later revealed that she’d been part of an eco-terrorist group who’d accidentally taken a man’s life. Angie moved to Wisteria Lane in an effort to hide from both her psychotic ex and the FBI. However, in typical Desperate Housewives fashion, it was all in vain.
Drea de Matteo now
Anyone who recognized Drea de Matteo on Desperate Housewives may have remembered her as Adriana La Cerva on The Sopranos or as Gina Tribbiani in Joey. She certainly wasn’t an unknown entity when she appeared on the series, and that showed in her acting. Since season six, we’ve seen Matteo pop up on our screens a number of times. Most recently, she starred in the family drama A Million Little Things. She’s also reportedly set to appear in Paradise City alongside Bella Thorne and the late Cameron Boyce very soon.
Vanessa Williams as Renee Perry
Normally when someone new moved onto Wisteria Lane, they came armed with a big secret. That was technically true for Renee Perry, who later revealed that she and Tom Scavo had once been intimate. However, she wasn’t there to be a mystery like the other women of Desperate Housewives. Renee spent most of her time ruffling her neighbor’s feathers with her passive-aggressive behavior and money flaunting ways. She wasn’t without redemption, though, and over time she learned to make nice with everyone else. She even tied the knot in the show’s final episode.
Vanessa Williams now
Vanessa Williams was another actress who needed no introduction when she starred on Desperate Housewives. After establishing herself as Miss America 1984, she went on to become a singer. Later, she starred in such roles as Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty. Desperate Housewives was actually one of the last programs where the actress played a central character. However, she’s been doing regular voice work on the children’s show T.O.T.S. She’s also racked up dozens of other credits like Modern Family and RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race over the last eight years too.
Joy Lauren as Danielle Van de Kamp
The course of true love never did run smoothly for the women of Desperate Housewives. That was especially the case for Danielle Van de Kamp. From having an affair with her history teacher to getting pregnant with Edie’s nephew’s baby, her love life was always full of drama. Even when it seemed like she’d finally settled down with Leo, things still fell apart by the end of the show. Through her many boyfriends, there was always one constant in Danielle’s life – her mother. Their relationship may have been a rollercoaster ride, but the pair were never without reconciliation.
Joy Lauren now
Joy Lauren doesn’t seem to have done much acting since she left Desperate Housewives. According to her IMDB page – where she’s now credited as Joy Jorgensen – her only role in the last eight years was in the horror movie House of Dust. While she might not have done much work in front of the camera, though, it appears she has been doing stuff behind it. She’s credited as a producer for more than half a dozen shorts, as well as a writer and director on several others.
Maiara Walsh as Ana Solis
When Ana Solis arrived on Wisteria Lane, it was clear that she was the new Gaby. Seen as superficial and scheming, she was no different from how the housewife had been at the start of the show. Of course, by this point, Gaby was a changed woman – sort of – so she didn’t initially take too kindly to the teenager’s behavior. It probably didn’t help that Ana worked for John Rowland, a partnership that soon saw the former gardener try to win back his old flame once again.
Maiara Walsh now
Desperate Housewives was actually one of Maiara Walsh’s first acting credits following her breakthrough on Cory in the House. The show paved the way for her to bag recurring roles on series like Switched at Birth and Notorious, alongside various single-episode appearances. In 2015, she also starred as one of the leads in Vanish alongside Danny Trejo. Some of her most recent work has been for television movies like 2019’s Identity Theft of a Cheerleader. However, she continues to lend her talent to TV series too, including the Brazilian period drama Girls from Ipanema.
Lyndsy Fonseca as Dylan Mayfair
We had no reason to suspect there was anything suspicious about Dylan Mayfair at the start of season four. It was only as her mother’s secrets unraveled that we discovered the truth – she wasn’t really Dylan at all. The reason why she couldn’t remember her childhood, or why she didn’t have a scar from an old bike accident, was because she’d been a replacement for Katherine’s biological daughter. The revelation nearly destroyed the Mayfairs, but Dylan found a way to forgive her mother for everything that had happened.
Lyndsy Fonseca now
Both Lyndsy Fonseca’s personal life and professional life have been thriving since her time on Desperate Housewives. Regarding the former, she’s been married twice, the second of which has been going strong since 2016. She and her husband, Noah Bean, even welcomed a daughter back in 2018. Regarding her career, Fonseca played one of the main characters in Nikita, and she also appeared in shows like Marvel’s Agent Carter and 9-1-1: Lone Star. A year after Desperate Housewives ended, she starred as Katie Deauxma in ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ a character she’d also portrayed in the first film.
Christine Estabrook as Martha Huber
Martha Huber wasn’t exactly on our screens for a long time. However, she definitely left an impression on the women of Desperate Housewives. If it weren’t for her, we might never have gotten to see eight seasons of drama unfold on Wisteria Lane. After all, she was the one responsible for writing that letter to Mary Alice, which convinced her to take her life. She’d learned from her sister what the Youngs had done when Zach was a baby, and she used that to her advantage. Unfortunately, when Paul discovered this, he took her life as vengeance.
Christine Estabrook now
Martha Huber might not have stuck around for long, but Christine Estabrook definitely has. She went into the show with decades of experience and has continued to rack up credits every year since. The majority of Estabrook’s roles have all been guest features, with the actress appearing in a handful of episodes for things like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and American Woman. She’s featured in several seasons of American Horror Story as the realtor Marcy, and just this year starred in both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Bless This Mess.
Harriet Sansom Harris as Felicia Tilman
The departure of Martha Huber set the scene for Felicia Tilman’s arrival. Felicia knew that Paul was responsible for her sister’s passing, and she did everything she could to make him pay. The man spent four seasons trapped behind bars because she’d convinced everyone he’d taken her life. However, the women of Desperate Housewives learned it had all been a lie in season seven after Paul was released from jail. A final showdown between the pair saw Felicia fail to take out her nemesis for good, and she was ultimately mown down by a semi-truck.
Harriet Sanson Harris now
It’s not just the actress who played her on-screen sister that’s starred in American Horror Story. Harriet Sanson Harris also appeared in the anthology show during its eighth season. It’s just one of several Ryan Murphy programs she’s featured in, with the actress also appearing in both Hollywood and Ratched in 2020. Harriet stars in another show this year – Atlantic Crossing – where she portrays Eleanor Roosevelt. Her character’s husband is played by Kyle MacLachlan, the actor who brought Orson Hodge to life on Desperate Housewives.
Emily Bergl as Beth Young
Felicia’s final act of vengeance was the result of losing her daughter, Beth, after she took her own life. Beth had been a pawn in her mother’s plan to eliminate Paul, with the woman even going so far as to marry the man. Obviously, he had no idea who she really was at first, although it was clear that there was something suspicious about her. In a surprising turn, Beth actually ended up falling in love with her husband. However, after Paul discovered her real identity, he pushed her away and drove her to end it all.
Emily Bergl now
Around the same time that Emily Bergl was starring on Desperate Housewives, she was making her mark as a cabaret star. She performed a show called Kidding on the Square that earned several rave reviews. However, despite her success with that, she’s never turned her back on acting. She’s had a lot of roles since the show ended, including one-off appearances in Elementary, Scandal, and Gilmore Girls. She also had recurring roles in Shameless and American Crime, as well as the more recent Mindhunter.
Kiersten Warren as Nora Huntington
As soon as Lynette saw Tom and Nora together, she feared that the latter was her love rival. It turned out she wasn’t wrong, with Nora seemingly determined to win over her former fling and raise their daughter, Kayla, together. Tensions between the women got so strong that they ended up embroiled in a custody case. However, that all went out the window after Nora’s life was taken by Carolyn Bigsby. She passed away in her rival’s arms as they remained trapped in the supermarket, with Lynette promising to love Kayla like her own daughter.
Kiersten Warren now
Before Desperate Housewives came along, many of Kiersten Warren’s credits were in television films. However, her recurring role on the show helped her to land more TV series, although her appearances were typically restricted to one episode per program. She starred in CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, Nip/Tuck. and Workaholics. Her latest roles were both in 2018 when she featured in horror movie The Invisible Mother and on an episode of the true-crime program Dirty John. Her career has seemingly been quiet since then.
Rachel G. Fox as Kayla Huntington Scavo
When Lynette learned that Tom had fathered a child 12 years earlier, she didn’t know what to think. It probably didn’t help that Kayla was, to put it gently, a sociopathic troublemaker. The girl was a real danger to the Scavos, especially once her mother passed away. It was clear that she wanted her dad to herself, and she didn’t care what she had to do to Lynette to make that happen. If it weren’t for Tom catching her in a web of lies, his wife could have spent the show stuck behind bars.
Rachel G. Fox now
Rachel G. Fox has explored a bunch of different avenues since starring in Desperate Housewives. In terms of acting, her most notable role was a recurring one as Holly Reback on Melissa & Joey. She also appeared in some TV movies like Zombie Night and Wuthering High School, as well as the occasional one-off episode. In 2012, she launched the stock-trading blog, Fox on Stocks, which revealed Fox’s hobby as a stock trader. Through blog posts and YouTube videos, she’s helped educate people about this passion, although her website hasn’t been updated since 2019.
Madison De La Garza as Juanita Solis
With all the drama that happened on Wisteria Lane, a bit of comic relief was definitely appreciated. Fortunately, we got a lot of that in the form of Juanita Solis, Gaby and Carlos’ daughter. She was as mischievous as she was charismatic, and she proved to be a thorn in her mother’s side from time to time. However, her happiness took a turn for the worst after she discovered that she’d been swapped at birth. Seeing Gaby pine for her biological daughter pained Juanita, and it almost tore her and her family apart.
Madison De La Garza now
Madison De La Garza was only a child on Desperate Housewives, and now she’s nearly in her 20s. Just because she’s a teenager, though, that doesn’t mean she’s been slacking off these last eight years. She’s appeared in several other shows, including Good Luck Charlie and American Koko. In 2014, she had a recurring part on Bad Teacher, and a few years later, she established a YouTube channel. She used this to tell stories about her life, share what she was working on, and remind us that she’s Demi Lovato’s sister.
Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer
If you looked Susan Mayer up in a dictionary, you’d probably find her name under clumsy or unlucky. She was easily the most cursed of all the women of Desperate Housewives. Anything that could go wrong for her pretty much did, from accidentally burning Edie’s house down to losing multiple husbands. One season she had to move out of her house and model lingerie on webcam because of financial troubles. She was also falsely accused of trying to off Katherine after the woman attempted to destroy her marriage. It’s safe to say that Susan’s life was never boring.
Teri Hatcher now
Reports have suggested that Teri Hatcher didn’t have the best relationship with the other women of Desperate Housewives. However, none of that potential drama has ever interfered with the actress’s career, judging by her filmography. Recurring roles in things like Supergirl and The Odd Couple have kept her busy. Hatcher also appeared in a celebrity special of The Great British Bake Off, where she was crowned star baker. Given her passion for baking in her spare time, we’re not surprised she won. She also had similar success when she appeared on Chopped in 2013.
Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis
Out of all the women of Desperate Housewives, Gabrielle Solis definitely changed the most. At the start of the show, Gaby was a stereotypical model who was as materialistic as she was unfaithful. She had a tense relationship with her husband, Carlos, which pushed her into the arms of John Rowland. However, by the time jump in season five, she was like a different woman. Motherhood had definitely changed her, although she could still be feisty and self-serving when she wanted to be. It wouldn’t have been the same if she’d lost that side of herself.
Eva Longoria now
After Desperate Housewives ended, Eva Longoria didn’t lose touch with the show’s creator, Marc Cherry. She even worked with him as an executive producer on his new series, Devious Maids. The show was on the air between 2013-16, during which time Longoria also appeared in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Telenovela. Her acting roles have mainly been single episode appearances since 2012, but she’s supplemented that with other ventures. That includes establishing her own clothing line and engaging in political and philanthropic work. She even became a mother back in 2018.
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