Having had it up to here with a culture that feeds on the destruction of celebrities like Mary Louise-Parker sometimes, apparently, talented and beautiful Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker says she is “almost done acting,” due to the widespread negative criticism that is always being hypothetically levied at her by someone. Possibly you.
“The world has gotten too mean for me, it's just too bitchy. All the websites and all the blogging and all the people giving their opinion and their hatred … it's all so mean-spirited, it's all so critical,” Parker said of this “ugly” system that exists only to build people up in order to take them down, often by marveling at their seeming agelessness, taking their sides in difficult relationship dramas, and expressing enthusiasm about otherwise-dubious projects that are immediately improved by dint of their participation.
“I don’t know if you can imagine a friend sending you something they thought was funny, that was something mean someone wrote about you and there’s like 50 comments from complete strangers across the world about you—and you can say ‘Oh I let it roll off my back’ and ‘I wouldn’t take it personally’, but you have no idea until it happens to you. It doesn’t feel nice,” Parker elaborated of these articles that ostensibly exist somewhere, as well as her obviously terrible friends who don’t deserve her.
Acknowledging that she’s just “too thin-skinned,” which likely contributes to her luminous glow, Parker says she hopes to escape it all by getting out of acting altogether, doing only maybe a few more movies, “a couple more plays… a couple more years of a TV show” before abruptly quitting the business, say, a decade down the road, thus really sticking it to the Internet.
Instead, Parker says she’d prefer to spend more time with her kids and her goats—preferring the warmth and rationality of goats to Internet commenters—and to “throw my Internet in the lake,” which is something conceptually difficult to grasp, but certainly the always-smart and ever-wily Mary-Louise Parker can figure it out. And of course, “I would write, still. I write for Esquire and writing makes me happy,” Parker concludes, secure in the knowledge that at least writers never have to deal with negative comments from complete strangers.