At 21, Hunter Parrish is a little old to be coping with the kind of overnight growth spurt that sometimes hits younger stars. But after playing Mary-Louise Parker’s apathetic, semi-scrawny teen son for three seasons on “Weeds,” Parrish showed up this summer suddenly buff — and the producers were more than happy to exploit the upgrade.
In one of the show’s more memorable scenes, Parker catches Parrish in a compromising position with a blonde twice his age. “This season, I think it was a goal of ours to actually have me be shirtless in at least every episode,” Parrish quipped on E!’s “Chelsea Lately.”
Broadway has similar designs on the actor, who strips down onstage as Melchior in the sexually charged “Spring Awakening.”
“I never conventionally thought of myself as good-looking growing up,” he says, adding, “I’m comfortable with who I am. There’s an adaptive essence to me, and I can change my look just by parting my hair. I love pulling myself out of the character and adding something that doesn’t exist.”