Life of a disparate housewife
TDesperate Housewives, M Channel 7, Monday, 8.30pm Suburban soap Duration: 1 hour ERI Hatcher insists she’s not here to talk about her personal life. Ask her anything about the portrayal of the bumbling desperate housewife Susan Meyer, Hatcher says, and she’ll happily ramble away. But before you know it, Hatcher is discussing life away from the set of the show.
Hatcher (below) says she remains committed to the Channel 7 series because it mirrors the fact so many women, herself included, ‘‘feel a little desperate these days’’.
She might receive $400,000 an episode for Desperate Housewives, but Hatcher, 43, likens herself to many working women.
‘‘We all, at this point across the world, are being asked to take care of our children, help financially support our households, have sex with our husbands and look good while we do it all,’’ Hatcher says.
‘‘It’s a lot. It’s too much. So watch this show because it will give you an hour break.’’
Hatcher created headlines in 2006 when she released her book, Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies Of Life. So successful was the book, she’s writing another on multi-tasking.
‘‘It’s about living life in a multi-tasking world that demands you get up in the morning and be this and then throughout the day change five hats to be all these different things to all these different people— and what that feels like and how to do it better,’’ she says.
Hatcher is also renowned for her shock revelation two years ago that she was sexually assaulted as a child.
She was molested when she was five and the suicide of a teenage victim of the same man inspired Hatcher to come forward.
‘‘In terms of the abuse, you know, I just wrote an article. I got a lot of response from that article from a lot of presidents of abuse networks and organisations that are still saying no one is doing anything about this (stopping child abuse).
‘‘No one is talking about this. This is still happening. The law system makes it impossible to prosecute anybody.
‘‘So it (public response to her openness) made me feel like I better keep talking about it. I don’t feel as if I need to be talking about it. People have to keep talking about the things in the world that aren’t right. And that’s just one of them.’’