Parker Posey, <EM>The Return of Jezebel James</EM> Parker Posey, The Return of Jezebel James
Parker Posey, the indie-film darling and Christopher Guest stock-company perennial, is at last on television, starring in her very own sitcom, The Return of Jezebel James

(Fridays at 8:30 pm/ET, Fox; premiering tonight at 8 pm/ET). Created by Gilmore Girls

' Amy Sherman-Palladino, the show's about a single, workaholic children's-book editor who wants a kid of her own as she feels her biological clock ticking. Parker, it seems, can relate.

TV Guide: You've been stuck with this moniker "the queen of the indies." Not bad, though maybe that's made it hard for you to become a superstar?
Parker Posey: But, see, I don't want to be a superstar. I like what my career has been. It's been very, you know, diverse, and every time I read something, a lot of [reviewers] are like, "Ooh, what a departure, we never thought she'd do this." And I'm like, "Well, it's not a departure — I just try different hats and different things." I was right for these independent movies when independent movies were being produced. Now they're not that independent anymore.

TV Guide: And now you're starring in a Fox sitcom. So are you ready for your big close-up?
Posey:
[Laughs] I know, it's so silly, isn't it? Listen, I am an employed actor, do you know how hard that is? You know how rare it is to be a working actor, to be able to work in different mediums? I mean, I did Superman [Returns]; I played a vampire in Blade III [Trinity]; I did a damn soap opera [As the World Turns]! And I've acted in independent movies made for $200,000. I'm really grateful for having a career as diverse and interesting as I would have liked and what I intended.

TV Guide: It's rare and lucky.
Posey:
It is rare. It is lucky. And it surprises me that sometimes people will stir the pot and want to be all, "Well, aren't you disappointed that you're not a bigger star?" It's so weird. I'm not really here to win the race or...

TV Guide: Or be Julia Roberts?
Posey:
Right — because we have Julia Roberts! I went to the hardware store today and got a, you know, power-surge thing and an extension cord and lightbulbs. I live like a normal person. And that's the kind of life I'm trying to maintain while, at the same time, being comfortable at red-carpet [events] and things like that.

TV Guide: I've always thought a star at your level is the perfect place to be. You get the perks without the hassle.
Posey:
Oh my god, yes! I can love this restaurant and I can call them and be, like, [Whispers] "Hey, you guys, it's Parker Posey — can I come in and eat at your place tonight?" And that's it — it's a perk. But I don't have paparazzi following me around.

TV Guide: So what made you want to risk that and do Jezebel James?
Posey:
Well, I read it in one sitting and from start to finish it flowed. It was funny, it was moving, it was original, and the humor came from their characters and what kind of people they were. And although there are jokes, it has an Odd Couple dynamic with these sisters, and I thought it was kind of a modern twist on this thing that's going on right now with women my age — women who can support themselves. Most of the people my age I meet who are single are so happy to be single, and people who I meet who are married are like, "Oh my god, I'm miserable!" It's the evolution of kind of where we're at. Like, I ran into an old friend and she showed me a picture of her baby. And I was like, "He's adorable." And she said, "I love being a mother, I love it so much." Then she said, "But you know what? If I could do it again, I'd get rid of the husband. I don't need him." But there are all sorts of different relationships. This one in Jezebel James, she has a boyfriend and they don't talk about their personal lives or their families.

TV Guide: They have a loose relationship — they just have sex.
Posey:
They just watch Law & Order and have sex and maybe order in and then it's, "I gotta go." And there's something to that.

TV Guide: It's modern and often the way things are. Amy Sherman-Palladino is famous for stuff like that — and for lots of dialogue.
Posey:
Yeah, but little did I know! At the end of the first week, I was fantasizing about words coming out of my nose and my tear ducts — it was crammin' my brain!

TV Guide: Clearly you hadn't watched Gilmore Girls.
Posey:
Clearly I hadn't!

TV Guide: There was more dialogue in that show than yours.
Posey:
I know. I was like, "Should I call Lauren [Graham] and ask her how she did it?" Then I was, "No, I can do this. I'm just going to go and play ball!"

TV Guide: You have a great costar in Lauren Ambrose — you really do seem like sisters.
Posey:
Isn't that cool? I love when people come together and make something — that's what those Christopher Guest movies do. You never know what the reaction is going to be between people in those scenes; you just hope it's a good mix, and that subconsciously you're connecting.

TV Guide: Lauren's character agrees to carry your baby because you can't. So: babies. Do you want one?
Posey:
Oh my god, yes, I have such maternal instincts. And [I'm turning] 40 — things are getting real for me. I'm like, "What kind of woman am I? What kind of partner could I have?" I want to have it all work. I don't want to feel I have to sacrifice anything to have the experience and the enormous life change that having a child would be. I'm figuring it out. I'm like, "Do I have a fear of family or is that a sacrifice or what? Can I have a family and a career and be as focused and as passionate? I mean, hey, I'm about to work with Demi Moore, and she's got it all. I mean, that's a modern woman right there. Right?!

TV Guide: And she's got a young, hot husband!
Posey:
Yeah, come on! But that's amazing. We're at a time right now where we can make these choices and kind of carve it out the way you feel like carving it out. And be honest with yourself. And I'm in therapy, so I'm serious about it.

TV Guide: Speaking of men: I saw that last appearance you made on Craig Ferguson's show, and...
Posey:
[Laughs] Well, could I have been more on a date on live TV?

TV Guide: It certainly seemed like he was into you.
Posey:
[Giggles] I was all, "You seem like such a cool, funny guy — you probably have your s--t together!" And I go [in a Scottish accent], "I like that brogue." Meanwhile, it's being televised! I was horrified after that. I talked to a girlfriend and said, "I think I just went on a date on national television."

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