Motherhood Is Mary-Louise Parker's Favorite Role

10/27/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
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Nothing beats the home life for Mary-Louise Parker.

“Becoming a mom is the best thing that’s happened to me,” the Weeds star, 45, told PEOPLE at the 5th Annual Worldwide Orphans benefit gala in New York City Monday. “I’ll be the first to admit that it can be very hard to raise two kids, but I absolutely love it. I can’t imagine what my life would be without my children.”

Mary-Louise, already mom to William Atticus, 5 ½, her son with former boyfriend Billy Crudup, adopted Caroline Aberash, now 3, from Ethiopia in August 2007. She says it was the “best decision I’ve ever made.”

“She says, ‘I love you, Mommy’ and asks, ‘Do you love me so much?,'” Mary-Louise says with joy. “She has a little bit of a speech delay; Amharic was her first language she heard. But she’s really indomitable. She’s really strong and she’s like a little warrior. She’s really amazing.”

And she’s a great fit with her big brother.

“They both want to put on shows all the time with top hats,” Mary-Louise shares. “It’s very vaudeville. They are really sweet together and sometimes they hurt each other, but they are just like me and my brother.”

These days Mary-Louise can share the joys of motherhood with her musician boyfriend Charlie Mars, 35, whom she calls a “great guy.” “He’s kind and very sweet,” the actress says.

Now that Mary-Louise has two kids in her life, what has she learned about herself? Patience!

“They really put you in touch on how little you know and how little you are capable of and much you are capable of,” she notes. “They are very humbling, children. I am more patient now. I’ve become much more patient.”

— Paul Chi

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Robert, SLP on

Just a point of clarification: learning a new language is not a speech delay. It’s learning a new language.

txgal on

Does anyone know if Billy Crudup is involved with his son at all? I never see pics of them together or hear interviews where he talks about his son. Doesn’t mean he isn’t but I was just curious.

Robert, if she was not speaking any language before she came to America chances are the change in dialect and sounds used to have caused her to have a delay in speaking any language. Most children who grow up in bilingual homes on avg. have a slight delay in speaking (learned that in my child dev class).

eva on

I really admire her.She seems to be content with her life and her interviews make her sound genuine and humble unlike most actresses I read about here.

Dee on

I love her, I remember first seeing Mary-Louise in ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ and she was just soooo awesome in it.