Though Desperate Housewives may have ended five years ago, there are still major fans of the show. With stars like Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Marcia Cross, it’s hard to imagine this show ever completely going away.
But one of the standout stars of the show, who no one ever really talks about, is Madison De La Garza. Just six years old when she started on the show, De La Garza was so impressive as a guest role that she was moved to a series regular in the eighth season.
The young actress played Longoria’s daughter, Juaita Solis, but because of her weight, she was subjected to a lot of bullying off-screen. She was called a “slut” and “ugly” on social media, despite not even being double digits yet.
“Once you start questioning the reality of vicious words, it’s hard to stop,” De la Garza wrote in a personal letter. “No matter how strong you are, repetition inevitably takes its toll on you. At an extremely young age, I started to think maybe the cruel voices were right.”
“Their opinions turned into my insecurity—and suddenly I was aware of every meal, every outfit, every post on social media,” she continued. “However, every day it gets easier to accept myself for me instead of the labels they had put on me.”
But one video really sent De La Garza’s haters over the edge. She posted a video on social media while cooking with her superstar sister, and people pointed out her back and its irregular shape.
Luckily, when you have a sister who loves you, bullies don’t stand a chance.