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How the Creator of 'Weeds' Deals

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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.

The show's new season, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on Showtime, will feature guest stars Albert Brooks, Lee Majors, and Julie Bowen. For more info about the show, visit the Weeds site.

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