Molly Parker

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Molly Parker

Born

7/17/1972, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

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Canadian actress Molly Parker has developed a reputation as a gifted and versatile performer, thanks in part to her willingness to take on challenging, offbeat, and sometimes controversial roles. Born in 1972 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia (a town just outside Vancouver), Parker studied dance before developing an…more

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    • Molly Parker: I didn't go to theatre school, but I did study acting for four years with a really great teacher. I still walked around with the assumption that every other actor knew what they were doing except me. I thought they all had a plan, and when they got a part they took out this list and went down it. Of course, that's not true. Some people have very specific ways of working, but with me it's really a subconscious process

    • Molly Parker: I just pick the best writers. I don't care if the film is independent or not. Usually the scripts choose me.

    • Molly Parker: I find that in doing press it's the chance to articulate well. You're forced to see what it is in a way that, as an actor, I never think of. You just play a part and tell a story and then later you, 'Oh right. Maybe that meant that I was going to do that.'

    • Molly Parker:(On traveling for work) I've gotten to go to all kind of places I wouldn't have gotten to go to. That's fun. But it's always work and it gets lonely. I remember being very lonely in London.

    • Molly Parker:(About L.A.) I've been coming down here for the last three years, on and off, and basically hating it. But I've changed my head space about it, and now it's all right. It's a complicated place. It's funny and weird and strange. The weird thing about being in L.A. is that for myself and all my friends, you're only here to work. Your focus becomes about that, and it's hard to do anything else social. Living anywhere else you have an ability to step away from it, which is really important. It's easy from outside to go, 'Oh it's the centre of evil.' It's the epicentre of consumerism. You can't just walk around and meet people. But I have a community of friends now, basically all Canadian actors, all from home - Callum Keith Rennie, Sandra Oh, Eric McCormack. We're all down here and we all want the same thing. So you can stop being sort of shameful about wanting it. I think in Canada you're sort of forced into feeling shameful about wanting to be successful. And here it's like, 'What's the big deal?' Just by coming here you make that admission, and then you can move on.

    • Molly Parker:(On deciding to be an actress) I remember having a very sort of Pollyannaish moment. I was studying and taking acting classes in Vancouver, and it was just so fun. I remember thinking, 'This is so cool because you can do this forever and never get good at it.' You can keep challenging yourself and learning to do it until you die, and the work would still be interesting. And it still is. Ten years later I'm much more cynical, but the work still excites me. I'm doing a project now and I can't believe my life is this good.

    • Molly Parker: I am a fishmonger's daughter. I know how to wield a cleaver, gut a fish...you name it. I was very good at it. If there is a karmic hell, mine is filled with fish and crabs.

    • Molly Parker: As an actor, you usually live your life with faith.

    • Molly Parker: Sex, sexual dynamics and how we define our sexuality, is one of the major deals in everyone's life.

    • Molly Parker: In general, costumes are the first thing in life that let other people know who we are. They indicate who the person is without saying anything.

    • Molly Parker: I've always tried to be conscious of how I represent women in my work. They don't have to be good or strong women, but they have to be complex.

    • Molly Parker: I think it's damaging to know too much about a person, about an actor.

    • Molly Parker: I still don't look like what I think I look like.

    • Molly Parker: Bad directors will tell you they absolutely know how to do it, and how it has to happen; there's this insecurity that leads them to feeling like they have to control everything.

    • Molly Parker: The landscape you grow up in speaks to you in a way that nowhere else does.

    • Molly Parker:(About her character in "Swingtown") A seeker. She was pregnant at 16, did the right thing and got married. Now suddenly she can pursue ideas of personal freedom. Because of the moment she's in, she's really interesting.

    • Molly Parker:(About "Swingtown" on CBS) It's smart network television. It's such an interesting place for us to be. I don't think I'd be interested in telling these stories on Showtime or HBO, where I'd have to take all my clothes off, screwing the whole neighborhood. It's not that interesting for me to do that at this point in my life. To tell it without being able to show any of those things is much more challenging.

    • Molly Parker: I took jobs for a long time because the subject matter scared me. I would be like, 'Oh, I don't understand that, so maybe I'll do this and find out.' I wanted roles I felt challenged by. I wanted to be a character actor, to do stuff that was weird and interesting. That fueled my choices, and still does.

    • Molly Parker:(About the 1970's) My memories are those of a child. I grew up in Canada on a farm. I remember the music, the clothes... it was a much freer time. I have no memory of swingers, though!

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