04/27/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT
>• The ex-Desperate Housewife, 56, stars in American Violet, about a mom fighting false drug charges.
ON THE TRUE-LIFE STORY This was a story of local law enforcement wreaking havoc in the lives of people who didn't have the money to fight back. I was so excited to work on it.
ON SHOCKING A RAPPER In one scene I swear at [costar] Xzibit. He burst out laughing and said, "I can't believe Alfre Woodard said that!"
ON HER SON MEETING PRESIDENT OBAMA I wanted Duncan  to see a workingman in proper attire—who doesn't receive applause at the end of the day!