Mary-Louise Parker

Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
  • Born: August 2, 1964
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress, Writer

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Mary-Louise Parker is an American actress and writer. After making her stage debut as Rita in a Broadway production of Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss in 1990 (for which she received a Tony Award nomination), Parker came to prominence for film roles in Grand Canyon (1991), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Client (1994), Bullets over Broadway (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), and The Maker (1997). Among stage and independent film appearances thereafter, Parker received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Catherine Llewellyn in David Auburn's Proof in 2001, among other accolades. Between 2001 and 2006, she recurred as Amy Gardner on the NBC television series The West Wing, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2002.

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I certainly was never the pretty girl at school, but I can go to a lot of different places with this face.
I do love my avocados, which are great for the skin. I eat pretty healthfully. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I don't get tired of hearing that somebody liked my work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't live in Los Angeles and I don't do a lot of superfluous press.
I don't often see the movies I'm in; I'm usually disappointed in myself and it only serves to make me self-conscious. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't put myself out there, so people aren't necessarily familiar with me or my face.
I don't really ever think about whether or not I like the characters I'm playing. I'm more into the minutiae of their behaviour or what they're doing in a certain scene.
I don't think you necessarily have to be part of a traditional nuclear family to be a good mother. Families, Children & Parenting
I enjoy cooking and baking. Alicia Silverstone's vegan cookbook is awesome.
I feel like movies, if there's any kind of budget whatsoever, there's so much sitting, and I really like to work. Otherwise my blood sugar just drops, you know, six hours sitting in a camper. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have a child and I don't want to be at work all the time when he's small. I want to spend time with him. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have to say, I haven't really worked with that many people in my career that I haven't liked, which I think is really rare.
I just want to make lunches and organize my kids' playroom.
I like A&E. I like those corny intimate-portrait things. They're so kind of ingenious and artificial and soothing.
I like to pretend that I'm a tough guy. It's kind of an admission of defeat if I have to ask for help - or even kindness. But if it doesn't come, at some point I snap and demand it.
I never feel more useful than when I'm making my kids a bowl of soup.
I never know why people come up to me. I think a lot of them just get super-excited because they recognize me from TV but they don't remember where.
I'm not comfortable with getting a job by being at the right Hollywood party; I'm not a terribly sociable creature.
In college, my teachers were usually after me for going after comedy too much, leaning too much in that direction.
It's good to feel stupid sometimes and do things that are out of your comfort zone.
Look, I don't care if anyone likes me when it comes to my work. But I can be massively insecure in other parts of my life. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Mediocrity is underrated.
My favorite scene in all of movies is Gregory Peck in 'To Kill A Mockingbird': You see him where he's on the porch, and his face is almost completely obscured. I don't want to see his face. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
My mother is a beauty.
My parents have been together for 65 years. They're both really stubborn. They're not quitters.
My sister's fish tacos are out of control. I'd give her a restaurant if I were a gazillionaire.
My way to combat anything is just to walk straight into it with my fists up.
People have a problem with me being different, but that propels me forward in life. Life
The theater is who I am - it's where I feel the most inspired, the most at home, the most useful.
Words are really powerful. I don't believe that axiom at all - words can absolutely hurt you. Words can wound. They can do a lot of damage. I think they can do way more damage than sticks and stones. I'll take sticks and stones.