Kathy Bates pot smoking new role not too far from reality

Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates at the premiere of Charlottes Web in 2006.

Kathy Bates has proven time and time again how versatile she can be as an actress. From the frightening Annie Wilkes in Misery, to discovering herself as Evelyn Couch in Fried Green Tomatoes, she’s transformed herself.

She is now appearing as the proprietor of “Southern California’s finest and friendliest marijuana dispensary,” in the Netflix comedy Disjointed that premiered on August 25. 

Again it’s a massive transformation for the star, who’s normally sporting a shorter do, for starters.

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Before you go thinking Bates is not likely to have much experience smoking pot, think again.

The star of says she’s got a prescription for the drug due to chronic pain, and finds it more effective than other pain relief, reports New York Times.

It was first prescribed to her while she was dealing with breast cancer. 

“Now they have vape pens, which are a lot less caustic in terms of smoke,” she told NYT. “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.”

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She now supports the legalisation of marijuana, and has seen how it has helped others too, including those with cerebral palsy.

On the topic of breast cancer, Bates also revealed her decision to have a double mastectomy in 2012.

“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.

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“There is a silver lining: I can lie on my stomach when I’m getting a massage.”

Are you surprised to hear what she’s been through? Have you dealt with cancer in your family?