William H. Macy talked about children's college stress just months before wife's arrest in college admission scam

Rachael Krishna
FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Felicity Huffman, left, and William H. Macy arrive at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged along with nearly 50 other people Tuesday, March 12, 2019.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

William H. Macy spoke about the stress around getting teenagers into college, months before his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, was indicted for allegedly taking part in a scam run by Hollywood and business elites to bribe top Universities into giving their children places.

Speaking to Parade Magazine in January, Macy said of his oldest daughter: “She’s going to go to college. I’m the outlier in this thing. We’re right now in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful.”

On Tuesday, Huffman was arrested for allegedly taking part along with numerous others, including sitcom star Lori Loughlin, in a scam described as, “the largest college admission fraud ever uncovered”. They are accused of paying collectively over 25 million dollars to William Singer, the ringleader who is said to have advised parents to photoshop pictures of their children excelling at sport, or have them diagnosed with learning difficulties so they took exams under special conditions. 33 parents have been arrested in total.

If convicted on federal charges, the parents and those who are said to have helped them could face up to twenty years in jail. Macy was pictured Tuesday visiting Huffman in the federal building in Los Angeles where she is being questioned.

Huffman is best known for her role in TV show Desperate Housewives, and her Academy Award-nominated performance in TransAmerica.

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Macy has recently been promoting the season finale of his sitcom Shameless, which saw the departure of his co-star Emmy Rossum.