Mary-Louise Parker

Mary-Louise Parker Faces Her Fear of Snakes

08/13/2007 at 04:10 PM EDT

Mary-Louise Parker Faces Her Fear of Snakes
Mary-Louise Parker
Showtime/AP
Mary-Louise Parker could handle posing naked in a publicity photo for her offbeat Showtime comedy series Weeds. It was the snake that bothered her.

"I didn't think I was going to do it actually," the actress, 43, tells the Associated Press. "But then, they were there and the snake was there, and I didn't want the snake to win, so I put the snake on."

Parker is photographed from the back with a snake coiled around her shoulder and down her bare back, head poised mid-strike.

"I've been naked quite a bit, actually," says Parker. "You Google me, you'll see it all."

But she adds: "I grew to really love the snake – by the end of the day."

The third season of Weeds, which also stars Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins and new-to-the-series Matthew Modine, premieres Monday night, followed by the series premiere of Californication, which stars David Duchovny who is sometimes shown in the snake ad series – and not appearing to be wearing much, either.

As for Parker, she stars as a widowed suburban mother who starts selling marijuana to support her family.

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