Weeds earned many fans throughout its eight-season run thanks to its frank take on the marijuana industry. Viewers were able to follow Mary-Louise Parker’s Nancy Botwin as she transformed from grieving widow to drug kingpin, resulting in misadventures and wild plotlines as she traveled from Agrestic to Ren Mar to Mexico to Washington to New York City (and everywhere in between).
The series earned critical acclaim throughout its run, and, although it definitely had its low points, the show’s highs far outweighed its lesser moments. The show also helped to launch the career of Jenji Kohan, who would later go on to become well known for creating the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.
Its cast, though, have had the most visible journeys since the show ended, moving on to impressive (and often unexpected) roles in film, television, and theater. Here is where the cast of Weeds looks like today.
Mary-Louise Parker won a Golden Globe for playing suburban mom-turned-drug dealer Nancy Botwin for the entirety of Weeds’ run. Parker, who already held one of the prestigious awards for her performance in the HBO miniseries Angels in America, has continued to build on her successful career with projects in television, movies, theater, and even literature.
Parker followed up Weeds with an appearance in the ill-received Ryan Reynolds action film R.I.P.D., and then reprised her role in the RED franchise for 2013’s RED 2. She also originated the leading role of Elizabeth Gaesling in the Broadway play The Snow Geese. In 2014, she had a role in the Selena Gomez-starring comedy Behaving Badly and played a recurring role on the NBC series The Blacklist.
In 2015, Parker took some time off from acting to publish her memoir, Dear Mr. You, which was well-received by book critics. She also appeared in the 2016 Broadway play Heisenberg. She returned to the small screen for the ABC miniseries about LBGT rights, When We Rise, and also booked roles in Billions and Mr. Mercedes. She later starred opposite Jennifer Lawrence in the 2018 blockbuster Red Sparrow, and, although she didn’t get much screen time in the spy film, her drunken performance was certainly memorable.
Hunter Parrish played Nancy’s older son Silas on Weeds, but, during the show, he was also building a name for himself off-screen in the theater world. Parrish joined Broadway’s Spring Awakening in 2008 in the lead role of Melchior. He later went on to originate the role of Jesus in the 2011 Godspell revival.
Parrish has had some impressive roles in film and television as well. He booked a recurring role on the CBS drama The Good Wife in 2013 before appearing in the Oscar-winning film Still Alice in 2014. The next year, he appeared in the TV series The Following and Hand of God and led the romance A Rising Tide.
In 2015, Parrish booked a starring role on the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt. Despite receiving mostly positive critical reception, the show was canceled after one season, and revival efforts faltered. Parrish bounced back quickly, though, landing a recurring role on the buzzy ABC FBI drama Quantico.
Parrish also has a part in Syfy’s attempted Tremors reboot, playing a role that should be very familiar to him from his work on Weeds: "the young, magnetic leader of the pot-growing, earth-worshipping tribe of Millenials" (via Deadline). Outside of acting, Parrish has been busy in his personal life as well, marrying his longtime girlfriend Kathryn Wahl, whom he’d met when she was a personal assistant on the set of Weeds, in 2015.
Alexander Gould went through quite the journey on Weeds, graduating from cute kid to full blown murderer as Nancy’s slightly unhinged younger son Shane. Unfortunately for fans of Gould, the actor has stayed away from the spotlight since the show went off the air, only booking two voice roles: Jimmy Olsen in Superman: Unbound and Passenger Carl in Finding Dory.
Gould’s role in the Pixar film actually has a bit of history behind it. The actor provided the voice of Nemo in the 2003 film Finding Nemo, although his voice was a bit too far past puberty to return for the sequel. However, he still snagged a part, playing one of the humans whose truck gets hijacked at the end of the film. Gould also attended the premiere of the movie and posed with the new Nemo, Hayden Rolence.
In addition to his work in entertainment, Gould kept himself busy as a student at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Gould, who graduated in 2017, studied philosophy and politics.
Kevin Nealon was one of the most famous cast members when he signed on to play the town free spirit Doug on Weeds. The former Saturday Night Live cast member had been appearing in big screen comedies for years, including Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Little Nicky, and Anger Management. During Weeds‘ run, he also led the Nickelodeon animated series Glenn Martin DDS, voicing the lead character.
Considering his already extensive resume and his impressive work on Weeds, it makes sense that Nealon has continued to land roles in Hollywood over the years. His credits include guest starring appearances on Drunk History, The League, Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Soul Man, and Idiots. He has also starred in the big screen comedies Blended, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and Sandy Wexler. He is probably best known, though, for starring opposite former Friends star Matt LeBlanc in the CBS sitcom Man With a Plan.
Justin Kirk scored one Golden Globe nomination for his role as Nancy’s freeloading brother-in-law Andy on Weeds. Hollywood clearly recognized his star power after the series ended, snapping him up to lead a number of potential series. Unfortunately for Kirk, though, none have been huge successes, despite his consistently impressive performances throughout.
Kirk’s string of soon-to-be-canceled shows kicked off with the 2012 workplace comedy Animal Practice, which only lasted one season. Kirk followed it up with guest appearances on Modern Family, Childrens Hospital, and The Blacklist before he signed on to lead the FX series Tyrant. Although the show lasted three seasons, Kirk’s character unfortunately only lasted one.
Kirk then went back to guest starring, appearing in Wayward Pines, American Dad, You’re the Worst, and Manhattan, with the latter earning him a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series. He also made a big screen appearance in Aaron Sorkin’s drama Molly’s Game. Kirk had a role in a potential Sarah Silverman comedy for HBO, but it didn’t go to series. His most recent attempt at leading a series was the Fox technology-focused crime drama APB, which was also canceled after one season.
Nancy Botwin may have been the star of Weeds, but her best friend/worst enemy Celia came close to stealing her crown on multiple occasions. Elizabeth Perkins, who played Celia to perfection throughout the show’s first five seasons, earned two Golden Globe nominations and three Emmy nominations for her efforts, although she tragically never took home an award.
Perkins’ charisma and talent made it easy for her to land roles after she left the show, and, after a guest appearance on The Closer, she was snapped up to lead the ABC sitcom How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). Unfortunately, the show struggled with ratings and was canceled after just one season. Perkins bounced back with guest appearances on How to Get Away with Murder and One Child, as well as a role in 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot.
Perkins has continued to pop up in top TV shows, guest starring on Netflix’s GLOW and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. She also played Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) mother Janet on NBC’s hit drama series This Is Us. You can next spot Perkins acting opposite Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson in HBO’s upcoming drama series Sharp Objects, based on the novel of the same name from Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn.
Andy Milder often got the short end of the stick in his role as Celia’s put-upon husband Dean Hodes, but the actor still played the part with aplomb throughout the entirety of the show’s run. During the time the show was on the air, he also booked guest appearances on shows like Royal Pains, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, The Closer, The Middle, and Parks and Recreation.
After the series went off the air, Milder continued to make the guest starring rounds, making stops at Grey’s Anatomy, Masters of Sex, NCIS, Perception, Hot in Cleveland, Rizzoli and Isles, Bones, Rosewood, and Lucifer. He also lent his voice to the Cartoon Network series Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and had a more permanent role as the father of Ally (Laura Marano) on the Disney Channel series Austin and Ally. Milder’s film roles include the HBO sports comedy Tour de Pharmacy, the drama Con Man, and the comedy Over the Hill.
Allie Grant played Celia and Dean’s daughter Isabelle throughout Weeds‘ earlier seasons, with the role marking one of the young actresses’ earliest parts after guest starring arcs on That’s So Raven and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Although Isabelle left the show alongside her mother after the series’ fifth season, Grant was still able to earn a Young Artist Award nomination and two Screen Actors Guild ensemble nominations for her role.
After Weeds, Grant booked a guest starring role on Private Practice before signing on to the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. She appeared throughout the show’s three seasons as Lisa Shay, the awkward best friend of Jane Levy’s Tessa. After the show’s run ended, she made appearances on Red Band Society, Zombie Basement, and Grey’s Anatomy. She also has a recurring guest role on ABC’s The Goldbergs.
Grant got more attention for her appearance in the 2015 short film The Red Thunder, which earned her the Best Actress prize at the Lionshead Film Festival and 30 Dies Festival. She also later booked a role on the Hulu series All Night, due out in 2018.
Tonye Patano had a memorable turn on Weeds as Heylia James, the drug dealer who is the first to work with Nancy as she enters the wild world of selling drugs. Patano was rewarded for her great work throughout the show’s run with an Image Award nomination, a Screen Actors Guild Award ensemble nomination, and a NAMIC Vision Award for Best Actress in a Comedy.
Patano has continued acting since the show ended, appearing in multiple episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit throughout the 2000s as Judge Maskin. She also had a recurring role on the soap One Life to Live, and she appeared in the failed NBC pilot County, which also starred a young Michael B. Jordan. The show was the first of a few failed pilots for Patano, with the actress also starring in the proposed Ed Asner-starring sitcom Bennie’s Gym and the USA pilot Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the IDW Publishing comic.
Still, Patano has made appearances on some successful series. Her laundry list of guest starring roles includes stops on Sneaky Pete, Elementary, The Blacklist, and The Americans. She has also appeared in a number of small films, including the dramas The David Dance and Time Out of Mind, the mystery Every Secret Thing, and the Netflix film Roxanne Roxanne.
Romany Malco’s Conrad was a regular fixture of Weeds‘ earlier seasons, and although he started appearing less once Nancy left Agrestic, he was still a memorable fixture of the show and an important part of Nancy’s journey. Malco’s talent allowed him to appear in quite a few other TV shows and films during and after Weeds‘ run.
While the show was on the air, Malco appeared in some memorable big screen comedies, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Blades of Glory, Baby Mama, and Think Like a Man. He was also a regular on the short-lived ABC superhero series No Ordinary Family and had a recurring role on the CBS procedural The Good Wife.
Once he permanently wrapped his run on the show, Malco continued to make appearances in theaters, starring in Last Vegas, Think Like a Man Too, The Duff, and Almost Christmas. He also made even more inroads on the small screen, guest starring on The Real Husbands of Hollywood and Key and Peele. He was also a regular on the Amazon Prime series Mad Dogs, which was canceled after one season.
More recently, he appeared in Patrick Stewart’s Starz sitcom Blunt Talk, which was canceled after two seasons, and signed on to the ABC drama pilot A Million Little Things. He also has a part in the Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart comedy Night School and is set to lead the comedy Prison Logic, which he wrote and directed.
Maulik Pancholy might not have had a huge part on Weeds, but he was memorable in his recurring guest role as Nancy’s protégé Sanjay. Pancholy appeared throughout the entirety of the show’s run, during which time he also booked guest appearances on The Comeback, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Web Therapy.
Pancholy also had a few more regular roles while he was appearing in Weeds, joining the cast of Whitney Cummings’ NBC sitcom Whitney, which was canceled after two seasons. He is probably best known, however, for his role as Jack’s (Alec Baldwin) put-upon assistant Jonathan on NBC’s 30 Rock, another recurring guest role that he held for the entirety of the show’s run.
Pancholy is also known for his voice work, including a long-time recurring role on Disney’s Phineas and Ferb and a starring role on Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig. (His Sanjay and Craig character, incidentally, has the same name as his Weeds character: Sanjay Patel.) Pancholy has also booked guest roles on The Good Wife, Friends From College, and Star Trek: Discovery.
Demián Bichir played Esteban Reyes, drug kingpin-turned-Nancy Botwin’s husband, throughout Weeds‘ fifth and sixth seasons. The actor earned his first ALMA Award nomination for his efforts, and he would later go on to earn two more for his appearances in the 2011 romantic drama A Better Life and the 2012 crime film Savages. A Better Life, Bichir’s first role after he finished up his run on Weeds, also earned the actor his first Oscar nomination, though he unfortunately lost out to Jean Dujardin for his performance in The Artist.
Bichir built off that Oscar nom and started a successful career on the big screen. In 2013, he starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the cop caper comedy The Heat, while later that year he appeared in the big screen action adventure Machete Kills. He also led the FX series The Bridge, alongside Diane Kruger. The series ran for two seasons before being canceled.
Bichir, though, bounced back quickly, landing a part in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight opposite another former Weeds star: Jennifer Jason Leigh. He also had a role in the 2017 sci-fi blockbuster Alien: Covenant, although his character met a pretty gruesome fate. Bichir is set to venture into horror over the next few years, with appearances in the Conjuring spin-off The Nun and the planned The Grudge reboot.
Guillermo Díaz brought the brick dance to Weeds when he joined the show as the drug dealer Guillermo in the third season. Although Guillermo was responsible for burning down Agrestic, he was still popular with the show’s fans, and Díaz wound up sharing in the show’s Screen Actors Guild ensemble award nomination in 2009.
Díaz didn’t take long to bounce back from the ending of Weeds. He quickly signed on to appear in the Shonda Rhimes political drama Scandal, which became a huge ratings performer and a critical hit when it debuted in 2012. Díaz’s role as the damaged former assassin Huck has earned him three Image Award nominations and an ALMA Award nomination. During his time on the long-running series, which wrapped up its run in 2018, he also made appearances in the sports comedy 2nd Serve and the TV thriller The Dating Game Killer. He also made a guest starring appearance on HBO’s Girls.