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Mary-Louise Parker’s Kids Are Ready for Their Close-ups

10/04/2010 at 04:00 PM ET
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Like mother, like child: Mary-Louise Parker‘s kids have officially caught the acting bug.

Her son William Atticus, 6½, and daughter Caroline Aberash, 4, perform so many musical acts in their living room that the Weeds star, 46, has no need to visit Broadway.

“My children are putting on shows all day long,” Parker said at a Saturday press conference in New York to promote her new film Red.

“I have a stage in my home actually because I was tired of them using the coffee table and the dining room table. So all day long it’s, ‘Ladies and gentleman, turn off your cell phones.’”

Not only is William a talented actor but he’s also a gifted writer who creates his own screenplays.

“There was a musical the other day called, The Absent Spaceman that my son wrote,” Parker tells PEOPLE. “And he thought the song ‘Hello, Dolly’ was about Salvador Dalí. I swear to God, my hand to God he did,” she says with a laugh. “So he kind of rewrote that and made a paper mustache. It’s really cute.”

However, Parker hopes her child with Billy Crudup doesn’t have the desire to follow mom and dad into the profession — but admits she may have no choice.

“It’s certainly nothing I would have wished for,” she says. “But you can’t really direct that or predict it or even redirect it because it’s just in some people.”

– Paul Chi

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B on

Looks might young for 46, most of the time. The flat hair ages her, but I thought she was in her early to mid 30s.

Anonymous on

she looks great i also thought she was in her 30′s

Ellea on

i was just about to say the wavy hair is more flattering on her. She’s definitely taken good care of her skin!!

CelebBabyLover on

I’m glad she put the kabosh on her kids using the coffee table and dinning room table for their performances! My brother played on a coffee table once when he was 2….and ended up requiring stiches in his chin after slipping and banging his chin on the table! Needless to say, he wasn’t allowed on the table after that!

So I know just how dangerous it can be to let kids play on tables!

JMO on

I love her on Weeds!!

Nicole on

I LOVE her! I love Weeds, I always an entertained by her interviews, and she just overall seems like a great mom. She must’ve gone through a lot when William was born, and I always admire the way she presents herself. :) Plus, she has the most adorable children!!

Allison on

I love Mary Louise..she’s an awesome mom!

Anonymous on

I love her on Weeds great actress, her kids sound pretty awesome. But straight hair adds age to her curls are for her.

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