Mary-Louise Parker wants to set the record straight: She loves being naked.
The star of Showtime's Weeds (Season 5 premieres Monday, June 8 at 10 pm/ET) is speaking out in response to a recent interview with More magazine that gave the impression that she regretted doing a nude scene in the Season 4 finale episode. "They made it sound like I was like, 'They made me take my clothes off and chained me to the bathtub,'" Parker says.
In the scene in question, Parker's character, suburban single mom/drug queenpin Nancy Botwin, sits in the tub and reflects on the many obstacles she faces. The long takes do not shy away from Botwin's nakedness - both physical and emotional. The More article, which was excerpted online under the ironic headline of "I Like to Reveal Myself," quotes the actress as saying that she didn't think she needed to be naked, and that she fought with the director about it, which made her bitter.
Not exactly, says Parker. "It made it seem like we were fighting, and nobody's fighting," says Parker, who repeatedly sang the praises of the show's creative team. Instead, she says, she was discussing the difference between editing styles in film versus television. "I was talking about that scene as an example of something I didn't love as much when I saw it because they kept cutting back and I was naked, but they liked the position of it."
But Parker wants to be clear that it wasn't the nudity that bothered her. "I mean, if you know me, it's like, someone sneezes and I take my clothes off," she says. "I'm naked in Esquire in August. I was naked on the set the other day. I'm always naked. I'm naked right now, in fact," she jokes.
We're glad she got that off her chest - so to speak.