Melrose Place to Wisteria Lane: Real Life Love


Laura Leighton and Doug Savant: From Melrose Place to real life love.

Meanwhile, Housewives fever rages. "It's great that, at events, people want their picture taken with Doug and are pushing to get to him," says Leighton, who has had roles in two critically acclaimed but short-lived series, Skin and Eyes, since her Melrose jackpot. "I'm not offended, it's just what it is. What's different for us is that we have a heightened awareness of how temporary it is. This is Doug's ride—and I'm thrilled he's on it."

And Savant knows that Leighton has star power of her own. "My wife is smoking hot. When we’re on a red carpet, they don't look at me."

Jesse Kornbluth is the founder of, the cultural-concierge website, and a contributing editor at Tango.

It's one long red carpet at Desperate Housewives these days. That's how it goes on a mega-hit—everywhere you look, you see the trappings of success. Fashion shoots. Feuds. Rumors. Confessions. It's a sweet time for the network, the creators, and the actors. And it's especially sweet for Doug Savant, whose character, Tom Scavo, is married to Felicity Huffman’s Lynette.

No, he's not the guy with "hunk status" and women across America dreaming of him without his shirt on—he's just the cute married guy who tries to make his partner happy. Who's going to lust after a man like that? His real-life wife, Laura Leighton, for one. To Leighton, Savant is—like Tom Scavo—an adoring husband and a devoted father. But there the resemblance between their existence and the economically privileged world of TV-land suburbia ends. Savant's Desperate Housewives breakthrough comes after several years of struggle.

So let the men leering at their Hi-Defs be dazzled by Eva and Nicollette. Let the women at the water cooler gossip about the beefcake of the week. Doug Savant and Laura Leighton have something you can't find on Wisteria Lane: four great kids, a romance that's survived both financial and health crises, and a life that will seem more familiar to Savant's viewers than to his fellow castmembers. Up at five. Kids to school. Work. Home. A family dinner, if possible. Homework. Kids to bed.