Mary-Louise Parker plays a weed-dealing suburban mom in the hit series Weeds, but that doesn’t mean she’s puffing green all day long.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Parker admits she’s actually a rookie when it comes to the chronic, despite what people might think.
“I’ve never smoked it,” she admits. “I guess if it was going to happen, it would’ve happened when I was younger. But that was never an effective or interesting form of rebellion for me. Because everybody did it. Marijuana was just a social thing. It wasn’t dangerous or frowned upon. If I’d been popular in high school, I’m sure I would have wanted to do it. But I wasn’t.”
But, Parker says, she’s offered marijuana all the time as a result of the show. She admits, “People give me pot all the time. I put them up in my closet, on the very, very top shelf, where I keep all my shoes, just so my kids wouldn’t find them. I don’t need that.”
But she’s not about to start smoking now. It’s a little late,” she jokes. “I’m a mother of two. It’s probably not the best idea for me to start getting into it now.”
Here are some other great bits from the interview:
VF:You’ve been called a “thinking man’s sex symbol.” Does that mean dumb people don’t find you sexy?
MLP: “I guess so. Dumb people don’t want to fuck me. (Laughs.) I really don’t know what to say. ‘Thinking man’s sex symbol.’ What do you suppose that means?”
VF: Jennifer Aniston got some flack recently from Bill O’Reilly because she said it’s O.K. to be a single mother. O’Reilly went so far as to call her opinions “destructive to society.” I’m pretty sure I know the answer to this already, but as a single mother who plays a single mother on TV, do you disagree?
MLP: I don’t even know what you’re talking about. Why is being a single mother destructive?
VF: I’m not sure I follow his argument. Something about the nuclear family and fathers being disrespected.
MLP: Give me a break. He sounds like an idiot. Who is he again?
I think that opinion is pretty narrow-minded. People like him—and I don’t even know who he is, so this is just a guess—they usually just say shit like that for attention. He probably comes from a nuclear family and didn’t get enough attention as a child.