William H. Macy called daughter's college app process 'stressful' in January 2019 interview

Just weeks before Felicity Huffman would be charged with alleged involvement in a fraudulent college admissions scheme, her husband, William H. Macy, called their daughter's application process "so stressful" in a January 2019 interview with Parade.

"We're right now in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful," the "Shameless" actor said. "I am voting that once she gets accepted, she maybe takes a year off. God doesn't let you be 18 twice."

The couple's older daughter, Sofia, is currently a high school senior. Huffman is accused in court documents of paying an SAT insider to proctor her daughter's exam and secretly fix her incorrect answers. As a result, the 18-year-old scored 400 points above her practice test score.

Macy is not charged with a crime, but he is quoted in a taped conversation with Huffman and the person organizing the scheme. "Are we all okay with the financial side and the actual operational side of it?" the couple is asked.

"Cool," Macy responded in the October 2018 call.

In his Parade interview months later, Macy said he wanted his daughter to defer her admission because she "looks young" for her age, making her a good candidate for teenage acting roles.

"But it's just my opinion, and we'll see what she wants to do, what Felicity thinks and how the chips fall," he said.

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Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during ABC's 1998 Summer TCA Press Tour All-Star Party at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
361253 16: William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman at the Independent Spirit Award Nominations in Los Angeles, CA, August 1, 1998. (Photo by Russ Einhorn / Liaison Agency)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during First Annual Project A.L.S. at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
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SPORTS NIGHT - 'When Something Wicked This Way Comes' - Airdate: October 12, 1999. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) FELICITY HUFFMAN;WILLIAM H. MACY
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US actor William H. Macy(L) arrives at the premiere of her new film 'Magnolia' with co-star Felicity Huffman(R) in Los Angeles, CA 08 December 1999. The film is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and also stars Tom Cruise and Julianne Moore. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: William H. Macy and his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, arrive for a benefit screening of the movie 'Jurassic Park III' for the Atlantic Theater Company at the Sony Lincoln Square theater. Macy stars in the film. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during 2004 Emmy Creative Arts Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Actors Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 19, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman during The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Showtime After Party at Morton's in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by J. Shearer/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Actors William Macy and Felicity Huffman backstage at the Heart Truth Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent at Bryant Park on February 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IMG)
VENICE, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actors Felicity Huffman and William Macy attend the Cast of ABC's Desperate Housewives Step Up to Benefit Homeless Youth Fundraiser presented by StandUp For Kids/LA fundraiser at The G2 Gallery which featured photographer Tom Stone's award winning Portraits of Kids Living on the Streets on February 6, 2010 in Venice, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 21: Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy arrive at the Hollywood Stars Bowl For Project A.L.S. at Lucky Strikes on April 21, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 16: Actor William H. Macy and wife actress Felicity Huffman arrive at Fox Searchlight Pictures Premiere Of 'Thank You for Smoking' held at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood on March 16, 2006. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy during The 20th Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon - Arrivals at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman arrive at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Actress Felicity Huffman and actor William H. Macy arrive to unveil 'Got Milk' ad and announce Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine 'Family Of The Year' at Zimmer Museum on May 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Beck Starr/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: Jennifer Grey, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman arrive for the 'Trust Me' - Los Angeles Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on May 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 22: (L-R) Felicity Huffman, Clark Gregg, William H. Macy and Sam Rockwell arrive for the 'Trust Me' - Los Angeles Premiere at the Egyptian Theatre on May 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: (L-R) Actors Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Eva Longoria attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actors William H. Macy (L) and Felicity Huffman attend the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tribute show airing Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for AFI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actors Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Selena Gomez arrive at the Los Angeles VIP Screening of 'Rudderless' at the Vista Theatre on October 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors Felicity Huffman (L) and William H. Macy attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor William H. Macy and wife/actress Felicity Huffman arrive at the premiere of 'Stealing Cars' held at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy arrive at the Premiere of A24's 'Room' at Pacific Design Center on October 13, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman attend the Showtime Emmy Eve Party at Sunset Tower on September 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
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Unsealed court documents shed light on Huffman's communications with William Singer, who orchestrated behind-the-scenes bribes to various people involved in the college admissions process. A transcript of a call, which was recorded consensually, confirms that Huffman was explicitly aware of the details involved.

"I also just wanted to let you know that the guy who took the test for [your older daughter] ... just had a baby," Huffman is told. "So I need to give him at least three weeks' notice if you ... want us to take the test for [your younger daughter] in December."

Huffman responded that she wouldn't know whether she required the service until her younger daughter took a practice SAT.

In another conversation, Huffman expressed concern that her daughter's high school planned to provide its own proctor for the SAT: "Ruh roh!" she wrote.

"Fuller House" actress Lori Loughlin is also among the dozens of people named in court documents. Both she and Huffman are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

In one call, which was conducted at the direction of federal agents, Loughlin agrees to lie to the IRS if they call to inquire about past payments. "So we just have to say we made a donation to your foundaton and that's it, end of story?" Loughlin asked.

"That is correct," she was told in response.

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