Close-up on Corey Parker
Lee, from ''thirtysomething'' on relating to his character and the disappointment of ''Eddie Dodd''
When Corey Parker auditioned for the part of Lee, Melissa’s twentysomething housepainter-turned-lover on thirtysomething, he told producers Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, ”You have to give this to me. It’s my life!”
He wasn’t being dramatic. A cocky 25 himself, Parker is married to a woman 10 years older, former actress Linda Kerridge, with whom he has a 20-month-old son, Charlie. And he understands the difficulties Lee faced last season when he tried to woo the skittish Melissa. ”There are younger men who are willing to commit,” says Parker. ”I didn’t have a dad [he died when Parker was 2 1/2], so I was always in a big hurry to grow up.” But in other ways, the doe-eyed actor, who was reared in Woodstock, N.Y., is nothing like the gentle Lee. ”Directors tend to talk down to you when you’re 25, and I have no patience for it and I get belligerent.”
Playing alongside Treat Williams, Parker was a button-down lawyer on ABC’s recent, quickly yanked Eddie Dodd. ”It’s not what I wanted it to be,” Parker says bluntly. But Lee is back — and he’s more determined than ever to show Melissa she made a mistake when she dumped him. Meanwhile, Parker is zooming around L.A. on his BMW 750. ”I’m in love with it,” he says. ”It’s a feeling of freedom.”