Justin Kirk Justin Kirk

Showtime's dope new dramedy, Weeds (Mondays at 10 pm/ET), is getting good — and legal — buzz. With Mary-Louise Parker as a pot-peddling widow, Elizabeth Perkins as her uptight PTA pal and Kevin Nealon as her accountant/best customer, the series sports spot-on casting. On Aug. 29, the ensemble sparks up more with the arrival of Justin Kirk (Angels in America, Jack & Jill) as Parker's on-screen bro-in-law. Is the actor ready for some reefer madness? Ohhhh, yeahhh.

TVGuide.com: How do we meet Andy?
Justin Kirk:
Well, he was mentioned in the first episode [as the one who put Nancy in touch with her supplier], and he pretty much just shows up, like a bad case of VD, I guess. He's the sort of guy who's always somewhere in the world pulling some scam, some new deal. He arrives unannounced at the house and hilarity ensues.

TVGuide.com: What's his dynamic with Nancy? Are they "buds"?
It's slightly antagonistic, mostly on her part, with a little bit of love, one would hope. But her kids love me. I'm the "fun uncle" — probably not necessarily the best influence on them — and that is a lot of fun to play as an actor.

TVGuide.com: Will Andy bring some green into this cash-strapped household?
[Laughs] More than I'm taking out? It remains to be seen.
TVGuide.com: He gets wise to what Nancy is up to?
Yeah, that happens pretty quickly — and then I want a little piece of it. One of my particular skills is I'm a bit of a master gourmet cook, and so I've made it that I can contribute in that way if Nancy decides to go the way of "baked goods" and such.

TVGuide.com: Plus Andy can serve as a person for Nancy to talk to about her business.
Exactly. Kevin Nealon and I strike up a bit of a relationship and then become the sort of Beavis and Butthead of the show.

TVGuide.com: This is quite a departure from your usual type of role.
Yeah, it's awesome! I just did a play in my hometown where I was a murderous thug. After many of years of getting cast in sweet, angelic roles, I'm finally getting to play closer to my real life as a horrible person.

TVGuide.com: Speaking of angelic: You worked with Mary-Louise Parker on Angels in America, right?
Yeah, yeah, absolutely. We actually had two scenes together, but only one made it into the movie.
TVGuide.com: That miniseries earned you both Screen Actors Guild and Emmy nods. Did you know at the time that you were making something very special?
We knew that when we were doing it, which is what made it a fairly daunting job — and fairly stress-filled for over a year. [Laughs] Obviously, I'm thrilled to have been a part of it, but yeah, at the time it was pretty freaky. And all the stuff after it was also a learning experience, I suppose....
TVGuide.com: Such as...?
Mostly, I think I came out of it a different actor; I'll never be intimidated by anything again, I don't think, because that was about the height of it in terms of the material and the people you're working with.

TVGuide.com: I was going down the Jack & Jill cast list and everyone seems to be doing well. Amanda Peet? Doing movies. Jaime Pressly? Has a new NBC show--
Jaime's on a new show?
TVGuide.com: Yeah, she's playing Jason Lee's ex on My Name Is Earl.
Oh, really? Good for her. [Jack & Jill] was a great experience for me. I was a New York actor when I got the gig. I learned a great deal, mostly about being on a set and getting a new script every eight days. It lasted just the right amount of time.

TVGuide.com: You're also in good company in Ask the Dust [a feature drama due for a December release].
Yeah, those were some folks there as well. It's pretty much Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek, and then I'm in it here and there, and Donald [Sutherland] is in it here and there.

TVGuide.com: Lastly, I have a note here that says you are a "self-described radio nerd." Um, what is a radio nerd?
Ah, yes, press from five years ago haunting me on the Internet! Well, I love the radio; we've got a great station in L.A. right now called Indie 103 that I missed desperately while I was gone this summer. I just love the idea of radio. I probably can't do this anymore, but if you said a city, I could tell you a couple of stations in that market.
TVGuide.com: Okay... Hartford, Conn.
Oooh, um, that's not so big [a city].
TVGuide.com: Chicago?
Oh, now there you've got your big one.... Aw, f---ing hell. See, I'm not good anymore. But what was the one that was a big station that was....? Oh, forget it, I'm no good.
TVGuide.com: Hey, no problem. My short-term memory isn't what it used to be, either.