Elizabeth Perkins has been a busy actress for 20 years, but she says her current role is the one she’s always wanted.
She won an Emmy nomination for playing an off-the-wall suburban mom in the Showtime drama/comedy, “Weeds.”
When told by co-anchor Julie Chen on The Early Show Tuesday that she “was born to play Celia” (Perkins’ character in “Weeds”), Perkins responded with a chuckle, “Oh, thank you. I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not!”
Chen assured Perkins she did indeed intend for the remark to be a compliment.
“I think she’s (Celia’s) sort of insane, actually,” Perkins continued, with another chuckle.
“This show pushes a lot of buttons,” Perkins observed. “We go really far. You know, if there’s a boundary, we’re gonna cross it. If there’s an envelope, we’re gonna push it. And Celia’s pretty much politically incorrect in every decision that she makes, particularly in her relationship with her daughter, which is … pushing a lot of boundaries with eating disorders, with mothering issues. I would never talk to my daughter the way Celia talks to her daughter.”
Celia is always telling her 13-year-old daughter that she’s fat. Perkins’ real-life daughter is 15.
“This season, we go pretty far,” Perkins pointed out. “There’s a couple of episodes that are really intense.”
What makes Celia so out of control, so wild?
“I think Celia’s angry because she’s never — she knows she’s never gonna have the life she thinks they should have had. She’s never gonna have the husband she’s gonna be in love with for the rest of her life. She considers her daughter fat. Her other daughter is sent to juvenile hall. She’s not getting what she wants out of life, and she’s particularly not getting what she wants from Nancy Botwin, her friendship and love.”
Botwin is played by Mary-Louise Parker, and sells marijuana to continue in the lavish lifestyle to which she was accustomed before her wealthy husband died.
“In a lot of ways,” Perkins pointed out, “(the Botwin character is) making a societal statement. It would never occur to Nancy Botwin to downscale, to sell her mansion or cut her housekeeper back to one day a week or to sell her Land Rover or not buy $300 shirts. She’s doing what she has to to survive” in the manner she’s used to.”
The finale of this second season of “Weeds” airs Monday.