Magazine May 6, 2019, Issue

Felicity Huffman and the Stagecraft of Apologies

Actress Felicity Huffman, facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme, leaves federal court in Boston, Mass., April 3, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
You’re not sorry if you’re trying to get something by saying so

Felicity Huffman, an overripe actress charged with fraud in a high-profile college-admissions scandal, has learned at least one thing about professional stagecraft: Always listen to the writer.

She got a pretty good one to do her apology, which reads in part:

I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions. I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to

This article appears as “All Apologies” in the May 6, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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