Mary-Louise Parker has always radiated an earthy, thinking-woman’s sexiness to me. Of course, she forever stole my heart away as Ruth in “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Raise your hand if you wished you could be her personal bee charmer, so to speak. She so impresses me with her sly beauty and understated grace that I always think more highly of whatever lucky man is wise enough to partner up with her. But, her smarter-by-association charm also rubs the other way -- like when seemingly-sensible turned scurrilous-scoundrel boyfriend Billy Crudup left her, seven months pregnant, for his “Stage Beauty” co-star Claire Danes. Oh, no he di’nt just leave Ruth alone and pregnant with his child to trade up for a younger model! (p.s. Did you see the hilarious Gawker ad that parodies the whole sorted affair?)
Of course Parker handled the situation with wit and her own brand of looking good is the best revenge, when at the 2004 Golden Globes she thanked her then newborn son for her own set of newly-acquired golden globes. Ahem. Plus, two years later when she won again she said she wanted to make out with her entire “Weeds” cast, especially Elizabeth Perkins. Swoon. Right now I’m kicking myself for not naming her one of my AfterEllen hotties. (In my defense, certain people told me I could only have 10 and then certain people – cough, Scribe, cough – went and listed 12 themselves.) So please consider the luminous Ms. Parker one of my honorary hotties, with my eternal apologies to the cosmos for her glaring omission. Happy weekend, all.