July 7th, 2009
Here is an interview of Alanis talking about "Weeds", the book, more acting, getting ready for a marathon, and maybe one or two records to follow..
" "Weeds' was my solace and respite in the back of the bus on tour. I was in the middle of detoxing at the time,
and it was my replacement addiction for food," the alt-rock star says. " "Weeds' helps me," she says, laughing. "The irony is hilarious."
Now Morissette, who has acting experience, gets an opportunity other fans of the Showtime comedy would die for:
a seven-episode guest visit that began Monday, playing a doctor who cares for the pregnant Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker).
The popular Canadian singer enjoys the surreal world of Nancy, the marijuana-dealing suburban mom who has been spared death at
the hands of a Mexican drug gang because she's carrying the boss's baby.
"Somehow, they make very fantastical things seem very mundane and commonplace, which I love," she says. "And anything that pushes
the envelope politically. Touching on legalization just by having a show called "Weeds' is amazing."
Morissette put the guest possibility in motion by seeking a meeting with Jenji Kohan, creator of Showtime's most-watched comedy
(1.2 million viewers for Season 5's premiere).
"I have a lot of empathy for the Nancy character, and I thought it could be interesting to offer someone who could be in a
supportive position with her."
About her character, she says, "Nancy is in a pickle, and Audra helps her outside of what typically would be allowed in a hospital."
The more conventional doctor is horrified by the family's bizarre lifestyle "for a millisecond, and then it's alluring to her.
She's really drawn to the drama."
Alanis says she wants to do more acting. Before "Weeds," she hadn't been able to pursue it for more than a short commitment,
including a three-episode arc on FX's "Nip/Tuck," because she was constantly touring.
She's working on a book that "is decidedly not a memoir" and will include Q&A, philosophy, body-image conversations,
anecdotes, humor and photos."
And she's training for a marathon. "I'm doing it on behalf of eating disorders. My thought is, one great way for people to heal
their relation to food is treating the body as an instrument rather than an ornament."
Acting and the other pursuits won't preclude music.
"Once the book is finished, I will segue into one, if not two, records," Morissette says. "I never think in terms of having to
pick between two forms of expression. I do the one that calls me the most."
For now, she's called to "Weeds," something she has in common with her character.