Mary-Louise Parker, actress of television series “Weeds,” is considering quitting acting in movies, flustered by negative comments and criticism coming her way from the online community.
"I'm not really that into it anymore," Parker told Australia’s News.com.au, while promoting “R.I.P.D.,” an upcoming Hollywood thriller. But, the actress said she hopes to continue acting in plays and television series.
"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 48-year-old actress, who has acted in movies such as “Red” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” said she is no longer mentally prepared to handle unwarranted criticism from people on social networking sites, who lash out at celebrities with mean-spirited remarks.
Parker’s decision to step back from the entertainment industry is also driven by a need to keep her children -- William Atticus Crudup, 9, and Caroline Aberash Parker, 6 -- away from the media’s hatred, she told News.com.au.
“All the websites and all the blogging and all the people giving their opinion and their hatred … 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 ... And there's more of that than there is whatever praise people think you're getting,” she said.
Parker, who hopes to devote more time to her children, and other domestic chores, once she quits acting, noted that the culture surrounding the entertainment industry is rapidly changing, with reality television glorifying people’s suffering and their humiliation.
"It's a mean culture - it's reality TV and it's watching people suffer and watching people humiliate themselves. It's little girls in pageants and housewives and plastic surgery and people in rehab. It just feels like a very ugly … it's like someone just lifted up a rock and that's all we're looking at," Parker said.