We caught up with Marcia Cross, best known for her portrayal of neurotic redhead Bree Van de Kamp, to find out…
How much will you miss Bree when Desperate Housewives finally ends?
"I will miss Bree immensely. We've been through so much together. We've tackled marriages, babies, deaths, cancer… It's been a long, interesting journey on Desperate Housewives, so it's going to be difficult to say goodbye. She will be like an old friend that I will miss dearly, although as an actor you always look forward to doing new things. I guess it's bittersweet."
How did you receive the news of the end?
"My manager called and the network called and Marc called… Everybody called! I feel like I knew the end was coming because there were a lot of rumours, but I'm glad that the news is finally out there. Now, we can enjoy this last year on the show and make it really fantastic. I feel good because we are all on the same page for the last year and we can really enjoy it together."
Did you speak to the other Housewives about the news?
"I had said to all the girls, 'They are making an announcement about the show and they don't make an announcement unless there is something to announce'. I don't know why, but everybody else was in denial. However, I was very clear this news was coming. I immediately texted Felicity Huffman as soon as it was confirmed. She actually found out the news through my text."
How special is it for all four of you – Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman and yourself – to be there for the end of the show?
"I couldn't imagine it any other way. You know what? Marc Cherry didn't want to keep going without all four of us because he thought the quality of the show would suffer, so I think this is the perfect moment to say goodbye. As I said before, it's bittersweet – but we're looking forward to another year of fun before we finally say goodbye."
How do you think the show will end?
"Marc has always said that he knew how he was going to end the show. He reveals a lot of his ideas to us, but he's never revealed this news. I know it's going to be a wonderful finale and I'm excited to see how he envisions it, but I have no idea what the end entails."
Is there a specific storyline you want to see resolved before the final curtain falls on the show?
"To be honest, I just leave everything to Marc. I'm happy to do whatever he says. He's had eight wonderful years to think up an ending for us, so I'm excited to see how he's envisioned the next few months. However, I would definitely love to see all of Bree's men again. She's had a lot of fabulous men over the years, from Steven Culp to Kyle MacLachlan to Brian Austin Green and Roger Bart. I'd love to see them all return before we finish."
How has life changed for you since you joined the show?
"How didn't it change? During the show I got married, I had twins and I took care of my husband at one point when he was sick. I went from thinking I was giving up my acting career to working on a hugely successful show. I've been working so hard for the past eight years and I'm tired – but I'm also deliciously tired because what a wonderful life I've lived. I'm looking forward to having a rest and being able to give to those I haven't been able to see."
Do you still get excited when you go to work?
"No matter how tired I get, driving through Universal lot is always amazing. It's such a thrill. I've had such joy and a sense of privilege that I have had this great job. It feels wonderful to belong here, and it makes me weepy to think that there's only one year left after season seven."
What will you do when the show ends?
"I'm not going to think about things like this right now. I'm not really a planner, which is very different to Bree. I'm sure she has everything mapped out for the next five years, but I like to see how things evolve. It's going to be very different to have time on my hands, but we'll just have to see what happens."
Will you keep any souvenirs from the set?
"I'd like to keep a nice set of Bree's signature pearls. That's what I'd like to keep. But that's all. I don't need anything else. I've got loads of wonderful memories."
Would you consider a Desperate Housewives spinoff?
"A spinoff would be fun, but I don't think that will happen in a million years."
What about a reunion in ten years?
"I guess people will want to see us together in the future. I want to be Betty White! Perhaps we'll sort something further down the line, but let's just focus on the final season for now."
The final season of Desperate Housewives will premiere on Sunday at 9/8c on ABC. The show will air in the UK on Channel 4 later this year.