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Parker Posey’s New Role

The indie actor talks to WebMD about playing a single mom on the TV show 'The Return of Jezebel James,' and if she wants to have children in real life. Plus, Parker Posey's best and worst health habits.
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On March 14, Fox premieres your TV comedy, "The Return of Jezebel James." You play a workaholic New York City book agent who asks her estranged sister (Lauren Ambrose) to carry a baby for her. What intrigued you most about this role and its take on infertility?

"I want to have children so it's kind of a loaded question. I was playing someone who is in denial. She wants to have a baby because that's what "you do," which is something I think a lot of women feel. What mostly this show is about is about sisters and intimacy issues, high-achievers, and parents.

Would you ever consider asking someone to carry a child for you?

No ... I want to have a child in a partnership. At least that's where I am right now. I would love to be able to share that experience with someone, to find a man that is all the things that I'd want -- intelligent, spiritual, funny, likes to read. It's hard though because I don't know what's in the cards.

How old are you?

38. So, I have time -- you think?

With your movies and TV shooting schedule, do you find time to cook for yourself regularly?

I do cook a lot. I find it really grounding and nurturing to feed myself and make myself a meal. I just had this conversation with my grandmother who I was visiting in Louisiana, and we were talking about cooking for ourselves -- my grandfather has passed away -- and she asked me if I had trouble cooking for myself. And I did at first. I don't sit down at the table and light a candle and set a place mat and eat, but I do cook for myself and I eat in the kitchen. I don't really sit down and do the whole table-setting thing.

What else do you do to stay healthy?

I spent some time in New Mexico -- I was doing a movie called The Eye -- where there is the Ayurvedic Institute. I hit it off with them and sat in on some lectures, and it was fascinating. Your journey is to heal yourself through what your body is telling you. I hit it off with them and sat in on some lectures at the Institute, and it was fascinating.

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