How Mary-Louise Parker Landed on The West Wing

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02:  Mary-Louise Parker visits the Aveda Institute on Spring Street to show support for Aveda's Earth Month 2014 clean water initiatives on April 2, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for AVEDA)
Photo: Brian Ach/Getty Images

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.