Felicity Huffman Calls Lindsay Lohan 'Brilliant'

05/03/2007 at 07:15 PM EDT

Felicity Huffman Calls Lindsay Lohan 'Brilliant'
Huffman and Lohan
Charley Gallay; Stephen Shugerman/Getty
Felicity Huffman thinks her costar Lindsay Lohan's performance in Georgia Rule is so strong that the public will forget that the young star got chewed out for acting up during production.

"Once people see the movie," Huffman tells Parade magazine in its upcoming issue, "God willing, the performances will eclipse any gossip."

In the movie, which opens May 11, Huffman, 44, and Lohan, 20, portray the stormy side of mother-daughter relations. As described by Huffman, "This character was so abrasive to play that I didn't have the wherewithal to step back and think of it as about me being a mother. I just kept thinking of it as my relationship with Lindsay Lohan."

And that, according to Huffman, was something good. "To me, Lindsay was a complete and utter delight. The minute I met her I just loved her. She meets you with an open heart and wide-open eyes and gets right in there. She cares about the work. She throws herself in, 100 percent," says Huffman.

"I just adored her. She's fantastic in the movie. It doesn't get any better than what she did. Brilliant."

Huffman's praise, however, contrasts with last summer's stern remarks about Lohan in a letter from James G. Robinson, CEO of Morgan Creek Productions. Robinson threatened legal action against Lohan and called her absences from the Georgia Rule set "irresponsible and unprofessional." (After Lohan's mother, Dina Lohan, criticized the studio exec for lashing out at her daughter, Robinson and Lindsay Lohan's differences were put to rest.)

Also, for all the bouquets Huffman hands Lohan, the Desperate Housewives star's real-life husband, veteran character actor William H. Macy, said last year that he respects Lohan's talent – but not her behavior.

"You can't show up late," Macy, 57, told reporters at a Los Angeles junket promoting his movie, Everyone's Hero. "It's very, very disrespectful." Asked about Lohan's work on Bobby, in which they both costarred, Macy paused and said, "She was pretty late."

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