Parker crying over 'Weeds' finale 0
Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin. (Jordin Althaus/Showtime)
As the mower approaches Weeds, Mary-Louise Parker has watery eyes.
It has nothing to do with allergies.
"I was crying last night, we all were crying," said Parker, as production winds down on her long-running series. "I cried all week."
At that point, Parker's voice cracked a bit as she began to get emotional again.
"Jenji (Kohan, Weeds creator) and I both cried the other day. We just stood there in the office and, you know. It's sad, it's very sad.
"Oh, I'm going to miss it so much. I would probably keep doing it until I was 90 if they would keep it on TV."
That isn't an option, of course. Weeds isn't 60 Minutes.
The eighth and final season of Weeds currently is airing in the U.S. on Showtime. It'll air in Canada on Showcase some time this fall.
Parker plays Nancy Botwin, a suburban widow with two kids who initially began selling marijuana to maintain her family's lifestyle. But thematically, Weeds proved to be a precursor to AMC's Breaking Bad.
Both series started out with relatively simple premises, focusing on normal people dipping their toes into illegal activities. But both shows have spiralled off in wild directions, with Breaking Bad on the dark dramatic path and Weeds largely on the lighter comedic one.
Creatively speaking, Weeds certainly is past its expiry date. It could have ended a couple of seasons ago and it wouldn't have been a crime against TV humanity.
In its heyday, though, Weeds was a great show, funny and smart. Now it's time for Parker to start focusing on other things.
She's currently the host for Independent Lens on PBS, and when she made an appearance at the Television Critics Association tour in that capacity to promote a film about food awareness, she got talking about how strict she is with her own children about what they eat.
"I work so hard to put my kids in a great school and then someone, as a reward, gives them M&Ms," Parker complained. Good lord, what is Halloween like at her house?
And this is the woman whose character on Weeds sells pot for a living.
On the acting side, Parker said she has a film role coming up.
"The movie I'm about to do, whenever I look at the script, I think, 'Oh wow, I could just fall flat on my face,' " she said. "They're changing the title. It might be called Feed the Dog, it might be called Parental Guidance Suggested. But you know, I'll do anything. I just love to work.
"I'm playing two characters and I'm making some really strong physical choices. I like to challenge myself and try things that I'm not sure I can do, because that's the only way you get any better.
"I mean, if you're just going to do the same thing, why even keep doing it? That's how we grow, right?"
Presumably Parker didn't intend to make a Weeds pun. Either way, she won't be able to make them for much longer.