For "Desperate Housewives" narrator Brenda Strong, being green starts in her own back yard. "We planted an organic garden. I've been enjoying zucchinis and heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, watermelon, carrots. I just made some zucchini bread because we have such big ones," says the actress, who is looking forward to the delivery of her new electric car this May. "I'm getting a four-door Tesla. It's beautiful. I put it on order a year and a half ago."
Around the same time, her run as Mary Alice on "Housewives" will come to an end with the series finale after eight seasons. "The only thing that I can feel is deep gratitude for the run that we've had. But, also, it's very sad. I've loved doing this show more than I can say. It's hard to let go of anything that's delicious and good. But I'm also extremely grateful. And I'm so happy to have a chance to enjoy it this last year," she says, in the dark about how it will end but not afraid to fantasize. "It would be great if the very last frame of the last episode you see Mary Alice start to hold the gun up to her head and then one of her neighbors or all four of them knock on the door and they come over and she puts the gun away. And you realize it all didn't happen." Kinda like the "Bobby's dream" erasure of an entire year on "Dallas," which is fitting since that's Strong's next job: she plays Bobby's wife Ann in TNT's reboot of the '80s soap, set to premiere this summer.
While she's been seen peripherally in flashback on "Housewives," she'll be in the thick of the action in the Texas-set soap, joining Patrick Duffy, Larry Hagman and Linda Evans plus a host of young actors (including, coincidentally, "DH" alumni Jesse Metcalfe and Josh Henderson) playing second-generation Ewings carrying on the family feud. "It's got the best of the old and the best of the new," declares Strong. "It captures the delicious chemistry of those three characters but in a contemporary setting. This is going to be cutting edge — amazing cinematography. The way it's shot, it's very fresh," she says.
Her character, Ann, "is an equal to Bobby Ewing. She comes from a moneyed family. She's smart. She's accomplished. She's nice and she's tough as nails. And she's in some respects the new Miss Ellie. She doesn't waste her words but when she does speak she speaks with a lot of weight. She loves her family. And there's a sense that you don't want to mess with her. She not only knows how to ride but she knows how to shoot." Not surprisingly, Strong is thrilled about her more prominent role. "I've certainly had a lot of time to be invisible. And now it's my turn to be more visible, so I'm grateful for that," she says. "It's all about balance."