"Weeds" star and supporting actress in this summer's RIPD and Red 2, Mary-Louise Parker, recently said that she is considering quitting acting. "I'm almost done acting," she said while also saying that she feels that the world has become too "mean" for her and that she can't really handle it any more.
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"I'm not really that into it anymore," the 48-year-old said. "I don't know how many more movies I wanna do. I wouldn't mind doing a TV show again, I'd like to do a couple more plays, but I'm almost done acting, I think."
"The world has gotten too mean for me, it's just too bitchy," Parker explained. "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. It's sport for people, it's fun to get on at night and unleash their own self-loathing by attacking someone else who they think has a happier life - or something, I dunno."
As a mother of a 9-year-old boy and a 6-year-old daughter, Parker said that her decision to leave acting is definitely to ensure her children's privacy and happiness.
"There's more of that than there is whatever praise people think you're getting," she continued. "There's way more mean-spiritedness. I stay away from it as best I can because I'm too thin-skinned, but still it finds you."
"It's only started happening to me recently that I've felt weary of it all, so I dunno," Parker said. "There's another play I wanna do after (The Snow Geese) and I wouldn't mind doing a couple more years of a TV show, but after that not much more."
So what exactly would the "Weeds" star do after acting?
"I would write, still. I write for Esquire (magazine) and writing makes me happy," she said. "I would take care of my kids and my goats. That's about it. Bake. Throw my internet in the lake ..."
Check out Mary-Louise Parker in the latest trailer for RIPD: