If you’d asked me a few years ago (sometime, say, between ’01 and ’03) if I thought Mary Louise Parker was a firecracker, I would’ve said, “Uhh, well…she’s attractive but not really.” MLP used to be a semi-struggling actress who did solid work in films like Fried Green Tomatoes and Angels In America, and on-stage in productions like Proof. Then she began starring in Weeds four years ago and now she’s totally reinvented as smokin’ material.

More power and all that, but this Esquire snap sums it up.