Teri Hatcher was the headliner on Desperate Housewives until the other four leads quickly became famous enough to be a celebrity ensemble. In the show's fourth season, the cast grows even more. Dana Delaney and Nathan Fillion join Desperate Housewives.
Teri Hatcher Talks Being Desperate
Delaney plays a familiar face from the past. "She used to live in the neighborhood and that was when Susan and Mary Alice were there so we were the characters that knew her and were good friends and now she's back," said Hatcher. "There's something different about her and something odd going on and we're all trying to figure that out. I have to say, it can be a difficult tone to slip into that drama/comedy thing that Desperate Housewives tries to ride. She just absolute fits right in. It's so exciting."
Fillion plays a gynecologist with an ice breaking first scene with Susan. "It's a great talk show story because usually people say when you meet another actor and you go, 'Hi, nice to meet you' and then you have to do a kissing scene. We went, 'Hi, nice to meet you, will you please look at my crotch?'"
Of course, Mike and Susan are married now, so their dynamic is evolving. "Oh, we're having a blast. It's romantic, it's funny, it's neurotic."
Still, with all these additions, none of it lightens any of Hatcher's load. "I've been working more than I have ever worked. It's not like it takes anything away from that but I think what Marc is aware of and I think rightfully so is just keeping a freshness to the show. I think by bringing these characters on when they work, and I these characters work. They're great. They just fit right in. I think it just brings a freshness on that they need."
By the fourth year, those kind of changes keep the working environment feeling fresh. "It's just when the writing is great, there's just no better job. We were just saying tonight that it kind of doesn't matter how many hours you work when you're so invigorated by the freshness of the writing and the actors that you're working with. It's just like you can't believe you get paid to do it and it feels like that so far this year."