•• Her 2005 diabetes diagnosis “completely overwhelmed” her, but the Emmy nominee is feeling great these days and helping her fellow diabetics with a new documentary.
Elizabeth Perkins is always a scene stealer, and her performance in ABC’s “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” is no exception. Elizabeth Perkins plays Elaine, the laidback, free-spirited wife of Brad Garrett’s Max, and mama to Sarah Chalke’s single mom Polly, who moves in with Elaine and Max after her recent divorce.
The comedy didn’t make the cut for the network’s 2013-14 lineup, but Perkins’s TV schedule isn’t likely to remain open for long. Yahoo! TV talked to the actress about “Parents,” about her new documentary, which spotlights a fresh take on how diabetics can approach their health issues, and about “Weeds” and how she thinks Celia deserved a big send-off in the series finale.
-Elaine is definitely one of the least grandma-y grandmas on TV…
Yeah, that’s why I loved her. I loved Elaine. I just think she’s awesome. I had been on “Weeds” for five seasons, playing somebody who was incredibly bitter and angry and down. It’s not easy playing somebody like that (laughing) week after week. When (series creator) Claudia Lonow showed me the script for “How to Live” with Elaine, I thought, here’s a person … the glass is always half full. She’s always going to find the positive. She loves life. She likes to eat it and drink it and taste it. That was kind of where I was in my life, too, so it was a perfect match for me. I get to play somebody who’s happy and alive and stimulated and just loves to laugh and thinks everything’s funny. You don’t get to see a lot of middle aged women like that on TV. We’re usually sort of cranky and controlling… this was really a great opportunity for me, and I get to work with Brad Garrett, who’s awesome.
- You two have great chemistry, like you’ve worked together before, even though you haven’t. Was that instant?
Oh, I love him. He’s just so easy. Yeah, we definitely connected. Like I said, everything’s easy. It’s like I’ve known him forever. He’s such a professional that you can do anything in the middle of the scene, and he’s never thrown, because he’s a standup. He’ll just catch the ball and throw it right back. He likes to have fun, and so does Sarah Chalke. She’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever worked with. It’s a really different environment for me than shooting “Weeds,” which was a very dark, sardonic show. This is like, “How much fun can you have?” It’s perfect, because it’s exactly where I’m at in my life.
•• Over 125 new rare and site exclusive HQ episode stills from the season five of Weeds have been added to the ever growing gallery. Enjoy!
I just wanted to let you know that next week is “National Weeds Awareness Week” on TV Guide Network. The six-day marathon of “Weeds” kicks off on Sunday, October 17 at 9pm ET/PT airing seasons 1-3 and runs each night from 9pm to 2am ET/PT until Friday, October 22. And to keep “Weeds” awareness strong following the television marathon, TV Guide Network will air four back-to-back episodes of “Weeds” every Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT starting October 24.
“Weeds” has received multiple awards including: 10 Golden Globe® nominations, including one win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Mary-Louise Parker); 19 Emmy® nominations, including nods for Best Comedy Series, Best Actress (Mary-Louise Parker), Best Supporting Actress (Elizabeth Perkins) and Best Directing; and multiple Screen Actors Guild® Award nominations for Mary-Louise Parker and the entire ensemble.
Bob Degon of Cliqueclack.com wrote an interesting article about how Elizabeth has not won an Emmy for Weeds. Touching (of course) on the subject of Elizabeth’s great work with her hilarious character Celia Hodes. This article has been archived in the press room section.
I’ve been catching up with ‘Weeds’ and one big question that comes to mind while watching is: How has Elizabeth Perkins’s amazing performance gone Emmy-less over the years?
Over the past few weeks I’ve been catching up on Weeds, and I’m really loving it. In fact, I’m only a handful of episodes from being completely caught up with the new season. (If you’re looking for a virgin diary, check with Kona, who chronicled her thoughts as she caught up with the show too, or any of Aryeh’s current reviews). I’ve been impressed with the writing and the acting from the excellent cast (as well as the outstanding stable of guest stars). One thing that has surprised me, though, is the lack of awards for the show, in particular one member of the cast: Elizabeth Perkins.
She has been, deservedly, nominated three times for her performance as Celia Hodes, the super bitch that everyone hates. Well, I don’t hate her. I think the character is the highlight of the show. Sure, Nancy and her family are the main focus of Weeds, but I don’t think the show would be anything without Celia. She adds so much to the chemistry of the show, adding trouble, snide remarks, and a bad attitude — and it’s all a joy to behold.
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