Life of a dis­parate house­wife

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - DAR­REN DEV­LYN

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.’’

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