Mary Louise Parker
The Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress may play a marijuana-peddling single mother in the hit Showtime TV series
, but her life is a little less complicated than that. After nearly eight years together, actor Billy Crudup allegedly dumped Parker in December 2003—when she was seven months pregnant—for actress
. On January 7, 2004, she gave birth to her and Crudup’s son, William Atticus Parker—named after Crudup. Since then, she’s transitioned smoothly to being a single mom. “It's nice to be focused on someone other than yourself," Parker told
. “I kind of killed myself looking after Will in the beginning because I didn't want to leave him; I wanted to be the one there with him whenever I wasn't working.” Then, in September 2007, Parker adopted a baby girl, Caroline “Ash” Aberash Parker, from
. “I finally just decided, ‘OK, I’m going to do this, and it’s going to be really hard because I’m single, and I’m going to do it anyway,” Parker told
. “It’s not like I only wanted to enlarge my family. I really wanted to give a child a home.” And her love life has also taken a turn for the better: Parker has been dating rocker
since June 2009.