Look what you've done, Internet: In a new interview with Australia's news.com.au to promote R.I.P.D., Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker announced that she is going to quit acting because, in her opinion, the world and the Internet have gotten too "mean" and "bitchy" for her liking. She explains:
"I'm not really that into it anymore...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. 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."
Damnit, everyone! This is why we can't have nice things!
Parker goes on to explain that her decision is mostly prompted by a desire to keep her two kids away from such "hatred," and that instead of acting, she'd be happier to just keep writing and living her life low-key. "I would write, still," she explained. "I write for Esquire (magazine) and writing makes me happy. I would take care of my kids and my goats. That's about it. Bake. Throw my internet in the lake."
She adds that she tries to stay away from drama online, but there's more hate around than there is praise for those in the public eye. "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," she said.
As for when she plans on quitting, Parker commented that she's not completely sure when, because her discontent with the profession just began recently. "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."
Internet, you've failed.