How Mary-Louise Parker Landed on The West Wing

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Mary-Louise Parker's West Wing character Amy Gardener can be divisive among hardcore fans. Is she Josh's perfect match, or is she just cock-blocking Donna on and off for a few seasons? Some debates are never meant to be won! But now one part of the Amy lore can be put to bed: How did Parker wind up being cast on The West Wing? Aaron Sorkin tells THR that she asked, and that she specifically asked to be a love interest for Mr. Lemon Lyman himself.

Mary-Louise Parker … left a message on my voice mail saying, "Hi, this is Mary-Louise Parker. Josh Lyman badly needs to get laid, and I'm the one to do it." She was in the next episode.

No trip to Tahiti necessary.