Series creator Jenji Kohan on grappling with work, motherhood and drugs.
On the hit Showtime series Weeds, a widowed suburban mom, played by Mary Louise Parker, sells pot to the locals as a means to take care of her family. Series creator Jenji Kohan may not be a dealer, but she is a mom, and she talked to momlogic about dealing with motherhood, work, and drugs.
Momlogic: Why do suburban moms, or any moms for that matter, relate to Weeds?
Jenji Kohan: Everyone is flawed. Everyone thinks on some level they are failing. They get to watch someone else failing, but trying to do her best. I think it's very relatable.
ML: How would you feel if you found out a mom in your town was dealing to make ends meet?
JK: I think people make choices. I am not a judge. It's not my job.
ML: How do you juggle work and motherhood?
JK: You know, I feel I am constantly failing everyone, but I am doing the best I can. I love both jobs.
ML: Are you concerned about your kids getting too much exposure from your job?
JK: I work on a show with adult subject matter. I pursue it to its full extent. My children are too young to watch the show, and they don't. The way I deal with the material at my work has very little to do with what my children are exposed to.
ML: What do you tell your own kids about drugs? Some drug users on the show are very likable characters.
JK: My kids are young, so it's a very general conversation right now. I tell them it's against the law, and that I don't approve. Fortunately because they are 8, 6, and 2, it's not a big issue right now, but they definitely understand that my attitude is that they should not be participating.