Perhaps best known as the pot-shilling mom on the hit show Weeds, in real life Mary-Louise Parker is a single mom to two adorable kids who are becoming increasingly curious about her controversial TV character. The 45-year-old actress recently chatted to Vanity Fair about Weeds, fame and the challenges of single motherhood.
On her Weeds fame: “I think it’s a little dangerous if you overvalue that kind of attention. My son has recently started to notice it. One time a lady came running up to me in the street and said, ‘I love you! I love you so much!’ And my son asked me later, ‘Why did that stranger say she loved you?’ That’s a very hard question to answer…. They know that my character on Weeds does something with drugs. So now I get questions like, ‘What are drugs?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, it’s something that … people do.’ It’s so hard! Sometimes it’s just easier to say, ‘She does things that are really, really naughty.’ Kids love to hear that. ‘Oooh, like what?'”
On Bill O’Reilly’s recent criticism of single mom families: “Give me a break. He sounds like an idiot. Who is he again?…. Maybe he’s right, I don’t know. I don’t think you necessarily have to be part of a traditional nuclear family to be a good mother. A lot of children from traditional nuclear families have really unhappy childhoods, and they have dysfunctional, distant parents who don’t pay attention to them. Also, some people don’t plan on being single parents. It’s not like you’re sitting at home and thinking, ‘Wow, I’d really like to do this by myself. I’d love to wake up six times a night and change diapers and have nobody to help me. That’d be great!’ I certainly didn’t do that.”
On just saying no to marijuana: “I’m not saying pot is a bad thing. I know plenty of people who should be smoking pot. I’m just not one of those people. I don’t think it would be the best drug for me. What am I going to do, start doing drugs at my age? It’s a little late. I’m a mother of two. It’s probably not the best idea for me to start getting into it now.”
Read Mary-Louise’s entire interview at Vanity Fair.