Sophia Macy is moving on from her college admissions scandal days. Next stop? “The Twilight Zone.”
The 19-year-old daughter of actors Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy has been cast in Season 2 of Jordan Peele’s thriller anthology TV series in an episode titled “Among the Untrodden,” a representative for Sophia Macy confirmed to The Times on Tuesday. She will costar alongside actress Abbie Hern.
The young Macy was the focal point of her mother’s participation in the college admissions scandal last year. Huffman, known for her lead role in “Desperate Housewives,” paid $15,000 to rig her daughter’s university entrance exams and was subsequently sentenced to 14 days in prison. She was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and serve 250 hours of community service.
“I accept the court’s decision today without reservation,” Huffman said in a written statement in September. “I broke the law. I have admitted that, and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.”
In a letter to the judge last fall, Huffman detailed why she paid William “Rick” Singer, a college admissions consultant and the mastermind behind the fraud, thousands to alter her daughter’s SAT scores. She feared her daughter’s low math scores on the exam would jeopardize her dreams of going to college and becoming an actress.
“In my desperation to be a good mother,” she wrote at the time, “I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot. I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair.”
According to an affidavit, Macy received a 400-point bump in her SAT exam from what she had scored on an earlier test. Authorities said it was an improvement intentionally calibrated by Singer to impress college admissions officers but not so large as to draw suspicion.
Prosecutors and Huffman said Sophia had no knowledge of the scheme.
The 10-episode second season of “The Twilight Zone” will premiere on CBS All Access later this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.