Mary Louise Parker, don't be bitter about going topless on 'Weeds'

Marylouiseparker_lMary Louise Parker told More magazine that she regrets doing a nude scene on Weeds last season. (Recall, she was glumly soaking in the tub on the season finale, when a lovesick and confused Andy came in.) According to the interview, "I didn’t think I needed to be naked, and I fought with the director about it, and now I’m bitter," Parker says. "I knew it was going to be on the Internet: ‘Mary Louise shows off her big nipples.’ I wish I hadn’t done that. I was goaded into it."

Look, I’ve seen Fame. I know how the world works, and even I find it a little tough to believe that the iconic star of a tentpole cable series would be on the losing end of a fight here. But I’ll grant the premise: MLP didn’t want to be topless in this scene; she caved; she regrets it. Well, consider me the bearer of good news, then, Ms. Parker: That scene was great and the relatively brief nudity legitimately added something of value. I find Nancy to be a pretty confusing character. She’s incredibly reckless and kind of horrible to everyone, but people seem to be drawn to her; it doesn’t matter how detached and spacey she often seems, she always manages to land on her feet. She is largely unaffected by death, violence, and betrayal. But something finally got through to her (human trafficking, a dead cop), and Weeds needed a way to really show us — not just tell us — that Nancy was bottoming out, that she was struggling, that she had reached her limit. In this case, nips = mission accomplished.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Was the scene gratuitous?

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  • Duy

    I didn’t think the scene was gratuitous. Moreover, Parker has never been shy about disrobing on screen before, so what changed?

  • Allan Hunt

    I’m not gonna lie…. the only thing gratuitous I see is that picture. And trust me, I am NOT complaining. BONECITY!

  • Mike

    She was naked in Grand Canyon almost 20 yrs ago. Pic was already on net.

  • Danny

    That scene could have been the very best in all of Weeds–and that’s saying something. It was heartbreaking and the silence of the scene was truly deafening–sorry for the cliche. It was a great microcosm of that brilliant season.
    As for her regret, isn’t she fairly recently a mother a second time over? Yes, she’s been nude before (completely, and with equal necessity, in Angels in America), but maybe she feels it’s inappropriate for her age and status as a mother of two? Who knows. Maybe it’s a self-conscious thing at this point…which is hard to believe but even the most drop dead gorgeous people like Ms. Parker can have some body issues.

  • Nix

    All of Weeds is gratuitous. Lemme know when the Mexican cartels soaks her kids in acid vats, then we’ll know how real this show is.

  • CJ

    All nude scenes are gratuitous. I’m trying to watch a movie or a really good TV show, not a “dirty picture”. I’d rather never see it. But that’s just me.

  • Jordan Sears

    I definitly agree with the director on this, only because he is doing his job effectively and if the mlp can’t handle it im positive there are many others waiting to fill in that spot.

  • Ari Ola

    Is this the same Mary Louise Parker who appeared topless in Grand Canyon and Five Senses, giving us good clear views of her perky little pokies in both movies.

  • cupet

    pengen nggbleh am mary louise…
    mntap bnget

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