Roberts was asked about her thoughts on the scandal during a recent appearance on UK talk show Lorraine while promoting her new drama, Ben is Back. Coincidentally, in the movie Roberts plays a mother who would do anything to better the life of her troubled son.
But she believes that Huffman and Loughlin paying bribes to get their respective daughters into top US universities oversteps the line.
“To bring the college situation into the mix, that to me is so sad because I feel from an outsider that it says a little bit, ‘I don’t have enough faith in you,'” Roberts explained. “In this story [Ben Is Back], this mother is trying to say, ‘I have both of our faiths until you can find the faith in yourself again.'”
Like any parent, Roberts admitted that she wants the best for her and husband Danny Moder‘s three children — twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 14, and Henry, 11 — but she believes that it’s important for them to live and make their own mistakes.
“My husband and I are very aligned on that front, and I think that we live a very normal experience with our children. I mean, obviously we have advantages that we didn’t have as children, but I think that’s the unique part of it,” she said.
“I don’t want them to have some of the struggles I had, but at the same time, you do need to know how to make your bed and how to do your laundry and how to be able to make one meal — these are important life skills. They have to run their own race, they have to have their own experience.”
Huffman’s former Desperate Housewives co-star Nicollette Sheridan wasn’t so tactful with her response when asked about the scandal by Access Hollywood.
“I mean, we don’t know the facts,” Sheridan said during the interview. “But we can be extremely disturbed by the entitlement, the power and money that can take away from less privileged. And that to me is disgraceful.
“So we’ll see where it really stands. I think there are ways to remedy a system that isn’t working and I think has been broken for a long time,” she added. “It’s troublesome. It can change the life path of a child who is deserving. I think everybody should be talking about it. It’s a huge problem.”