Looking back, Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker says she regrets going nude in the show’s season finale. “I knew it was going to be on the Internet: ‘Mary Louise shows off her big nipples,’ she says. The 44-year-old single mom to kids William and Caroline talks to More magazine about aging, dating, and the scene that got everybody talking.
On splitting with Billy Crudup while 7 months pregnant: “I’ve never commented on the situation, and I won’t because it’s not fair to my son. Who wins? No child can benefit in that situation. Your love for your child should eclipse any other feelings you have for another person.”
On dating as a single mom: “Some men are daunted by it, some are really attracted. I had someone ask, ‘Does this mean we can’t go out anytime we want?’ And I said, ‘Yes, that’s exactly what it means. It means you come fourth, ’cause it’s my kids, my job, my family.’ I don’t ever want to come first to anyone. It’s too much pressure.”
On wanting to look her age: “Somebody told me that they’d read that I had all this work done and showed me a picture, and it was totally airbrushed…. It made me so mad. I don’t like what that says to other women. I’m 44, and I look OK for 44. I’m not trying to look 34.”
On going nude in the Weeds season finale: “I didn’t think I needed to be naked, and I fought with the director about it, and now I’m bitter. I knew it was going to be on the Internet: ‘Mary Louise shows off her big nipples.’ I wish I hadn’t done that. I was goaded into it.”