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Mary-Louise Parker on Momhood and Marijuana

The "Weeds" actress talks about blended families, acting, and legalizing pot.

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Beyond Weeds, what will she tackle next? Parker has two new movies in the works: Solitary Man, in which she appears as the girlfriend of a sex-addicted car magnate played by Michael Douglas, and Howl, based on the life of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, still in production. She'd just shot her single scene for Howl the day before talking to WebMD.

“I’ve never been in a movie for just one scene before. I came in for one day and didn’t even have a proper trailer, but it was great,” she says. "I love poetry. It was sentimental to me because when my son was born my brother came to the hospital and read him a bunch of poetry -- we’re literary geeks in my family -- and one thing he read to him was 'Howl.'"

With all the memorable roles she’s performed, is there anything Parker still dreams of conquering -- any movie she wants, any play she's yearning to take to Broadway? "I'm not such an ambitious person -- I don’t think that far into the future. But I'd really like to do an animated movie, like a Pixar, for my kids," Parker says. "I love those things." 

Reviewed on May 21, 2009

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