Mary Louise Parker is known for playing roles in a number of popular and critically acclaimed television shows. After studying acting at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Parker made her Broadway debut with “Prelude to a Kiss” in 1990. Her performance earned her two awards and a Tony nomination. She quickly gained recognition as several TV and films followed. In 2001, Parker joined the cast of the acclaimed “The West Wing” as Amy Gardner, which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2002 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. At the same time, Parker also played Harper Pitt in the TV miniseries adaptation of the award-winning Broadway play, “Angels in America”, alongside Al Pacino. The role earned Parker and Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In 2005, Parker turned heads and impressed audiences again in her highly-acclaimed Showtime series “Weeds”, which earned her three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Since, Parker has been in a number of TV shows, most recently appearing in “Billions”, another Showtime series.
In “Weeds”, Parker plays Nancy Botwin, a suburban mother who starts dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies. Soon, Parker’s life began imitating her art as people constantly offered her free marijuana, “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.” She’s certainly always felt that “I don’t need that,” because weed never interested her other than in scripts, “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… It just never appealed to me.”