Kathy Bates Finds Peace, With ‘Disjointed’ and Some Herbal Medicine
Back in 2012, Kathy Bates lit up a cigar, spat out some salty zingers and won an Emmy for her guest role as the ghost of Charlie Harper in “Two and a Half Men,” the CBS sitcom cocreated by Chuck Lorre.
Now she’s lighting up again — only this time it’s reefer — as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, the owner of a Southern California medical marijuana dispensary in “Disjointed,” Mr. Lorre’s new Netflix comedy, starting Friday, Aug. 25.
Created with David Javerbaum, a former late-night writer for Jon Stewart and James Corden, “Disjointed” pits Ruth’s tie-dyed activism against the business acumen of her son, Travis (Aaron Moten), a newly minted M.B.A. whose father is a Black Panther turned corporate lawyer for Big Pharma. Ruth wants to rail against the Man; Travis wants to grow their shop into the Walmart of cannabis.
Why would an Oscar-winning actress with four seasons of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology “American Horror Story” on her résumé jump a prestige ship for a streaming sitcom? “David is so talented and Chuck has an amazing track record, so I decided to roll the dice with them,” Ms. Bates, 69, said in a call from Los Angeles. “I’m not stabbing or slicing anybody up. But there’s an intensity being in front of a live audience again that’s so much fun.” These are edited excerpts from the conversation.
So, do you smoke pot?
Yeah, I do. I’ve had a prescription for some time for chronic pain. I’ve really become a believer. I find it just as, if not more, effective than other pain relief. Originally, when I was going through breast cancer, my oncologist prescribed some, because my recovery was painful and the marijuana was a tremendous help. And now they have vape pens, which are a lot less caustic in terms of smoke. And since you can control the amount of your intake, you can smoke and be functional during the day — although I don’t smoke when I work. That to me is unprofessional.
And you support marijuana legalization?
I do and even more so now that I’ve become more educated about what its properties are. And you see how it’s helping people like the partner of our cannabis consultant, who has cerebral palsy, or the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, a group of football players I met who were suffering from different head injuries and it helped them tremendously.
In a WebMD article , you spoke about your double mastectomy in 2012 and about “going flat.”
Breast cancer runs in my family, and there was something suspicious in my right breast and I thought, you know, just make mine a double. I struggled for a long time with the prosthetics and the heaviness of the bra and the heat. I thought, why am I wearing false breasts when I don’t have breasts? I’m not saying every woman needs to do this, but at my age, what’s the big deal? I’ve had very, very heavy breasts all my life, so quite frankly it was nice not to have much of that. There is a silver lining: I can lie on my stomach when I’m getting a massage.
You aren’t doing “American Horror Story” this season, but you’ve credited Ryan Murphy with reviving your career. Can you explain?
At the end of the second season of “Harry’s Law,” we were canceled because they said our viewership was too old, and it was a real kick in the gut. Shortly after that, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I felt that, well, maybe I’m done here. One of the worst things you can be in Hollywood is old. Ageism is alive and well. But my friend Jessica Lange had done the first season of “American Horror Story,” and I said, “Boy, I’d love to meet with Ryan.” And so she arranged for that, and he pitched the character of Delphine LaLaurie to me — and it was spring’s awaking. This little kid inside me that loves to dress up and pretend, that I thought was done for, just came to life again. It gave me confidence. And I owe that to Ryan.
I’ve always felt that if you just were left to your own devices to mature and grow as an artist, it’s like the richness of wine over the years. And that should be appreciated and celebrated in a business that is about art. But the art and commerce butt heads instead of supporting one another. It’s a shame and a waste. Because even at our age we’re continuing to evolve and be inspired by other actors. And when you see the young ones who have that power, you go, “Ah yes, now I can begin to let go a little bit.”
Are you ready to let go?
I feel I went through a stormy sea and now I’ve pulled into a beautiful harbor, and I want to be here for a while.
The Oscar-winning actress talks about her new Netflix pot comedy and living on a high in her third act.
Does Kathy Bates from “Disjointed” Smoke Weed?
With the release of Netflix’s new cannabis-centric original comedy “Disjointed,” you might be wondering about the smoking habits of its star.
Kathy Bates is an actor from Memphis, Tennessee. Bates attended Southern Methodist University and immediately moved to New York City in 1970 to pursue a career in acting. In addition, Bates made an award-winning name for herself in film, broadways and soap operas. But, more currently, the actor is headlining as the star of the Chuck Lorre/Netflix original sitcom series “Disjointed,”. Doyle plays a cannabis activist and the owner of a medicinal marijuana dispensary.
And yes—this is the same comedy that Netflix created 12 weed strains for as part of a marketing campaign. But let’s get back to the main topic of discussion:
Does Kathy Bates Smoke Weed?
Multi-talented Kathy Bates. via Daily Leaf
In a recent interview with the New York Times, the award-winning actor cut right to the chase. Does she smoke weed? Her answer? A very blunt and very earnest “yes.”
“I’ve had a prescription for some time for chronic pain,” Bates explained. “I’ve really become a believer. I find it just as, if not more, effective than other pain relief.”
Bates started consuming medical weed regularly after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. It helped with recovery which she states is very painful. Also made sure to state that while she enjoys weed, she keeps it separate from her professional life. “I don’t smoke when I work,” she emphasized. “That to me is unprofessional.” She also professed her views on cannabis legalization, which she fully supports.
“I do and even more so now that I’ve become more educated about what its properties are,” she said.
“And you see how it’s helping people like the partner of our cannabis consultant (for the show ‘Disjointed’), who has cerebral palsy, or the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, a group of football players I met who were suffering from different head injuries. It helped them tremendously.
Kathy Bates is an actor from Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, the actor is headlining as the star of the Chuck Lorre/Netflix original sitcom series “Disjointed,”. Doyle plays a cannabis activist and the owner of a medicinal marijuana dispensary.