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Actress, mom and iVillage's CelebVillage blogger Felicity Huffman has a full plate that's about to get even fuller. On Thursday, the Desperate Housewives star is launching her new website for women and moms, WhattheFlicka.com, iVillage reveals exclusively.
"I have been working on this for about six months now, and we have put together a great group of people who are sharing their thoughts and ideas," writes Huffman about her new digital venture. "More importantly, I want it to be a place where readers can share their thoughts and wisdom and I can learn from you."
In her exclusive blog for iVillage, the actress explains how her time on the ABC show, now in its eighth and final season ("More than sad I am grateful, grateful for the most fulfilling eight years of my professional life," she writes), inspired her to want to connect even more with her fans and create a community with her website.
When Desperate Housewives was in its second year, I went to a tiny, out-of-the-way store, picked up a cute blue tank top and opened it up to see if it was my size. “I’M A LYNETTE” it announced across the chest. I looked around guiltily as if someone would think I magically silk-screened my character’s name on the shirt. The salesgirl saw me staring and said sympathetically, “Sorry, we sold out of Gabby and Bree shirts already.” I promptly bought it, with the salesgirl being none the wiser. I think that is when it hit home; people really see themselves in the characters on the show. I know that different types of people identify with different Housewives, but I am thrilled when people come up to me and say, “I am just like you!” or “My daughter/wife/sister should be on your show -- you guys are identical.” I get to be a part of a much bigger community of people who relate to my character and love the show. And if I wasn’t actually playing Lynette, I would definitely be on the Lynette team.
This brings me to my next point. I do everything by committee. I love listening to the wisdom of others and asking for advice. It is a strength but like all strengths it has an obvious weakness embedded in it. I am one of eight siblings, seven girls and one boy. My husband jokes that when our family decides to go to the movies it takes 12 phone calls and three people cry. But I love a large family. I love being a part of a community. It is one of the main reasons I love the business I am in. I love the family connection that develops on a set or in the theater. I even had a woman come up to me in the third year of Desperate Housewives and say, “Lynette is just like me. She has a wonderful husband and great kids, but you should smile more.” I took her advice to heart. She was right, it was better to let Lynette have more joy in her life.
As the show is coming to an end, I have many conflicting emotions, definitely I am sad, but more than sad I am grateful, grateful for the most fulfilling eight years of my professional life, and grateful to be in the midst of this wonderful community. I don’t want to say goodbye to this great group of fans, and since I can’t invite you all over to hang in my kitchen sitting on the counters, cooking, laughing, sharing ideas and telling stories, I am going to create a virtual clubhouse where we can all still be connected and get the warmth, love and good advice I always look for from you, my family at large. So, please come and be a part of WhattheFlicka.com. I have been working on this for about six months now, and we have put together a great group of people who are sharing their thoughts and ideas. More importantly, I want it to be a place where readers can share their thoughts and wisdom and I can learn from you.
So, come check it out, give me your feedback and hopefully we can make this a website where everyone can go for a good idea, a shortcut, a new cool thing, a rest, a laugh, or just to visit and sit on the counter and be surrounded by pals.
Check out Felicity Huffman's new site for women and moms, WhattheFlicka.com. Follow her on Twitter at @FelicityHuffman and check out her official Facebook page. And click here to read more exclusive posts in the CelebVillage series.