Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress and musician.
Following her role in Richard Linklater’s 1993 cult hit Dazed and Confused, she became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films such as Party Girl (1995) and The House of Yes (1997) that gained her the nickname “Queen of the Indies”. She later played improvisational roles in Christopher Guest mockumentaries, including Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), For Your Consideration (2006) and Mascots (2016). Her other notable film appearances include You’ve Got Mail (1998), Scream 3 (2000), Superman Returns (2006), and the Woody Allen-directed films Irrational Man (2015) and Café Society (2016). On television, Posey has guest-starred in numerous series, such as Will & Grace, Boston Legal, Futurama, The Good Wife, Louie, Parks and Recreation, and Search Party, as well as starring in the Netflix adaptation of Lost in Space.
In 2012, Posey starred in four episodes of the third season of Louie as Liz, Louis C.K.’s love interest. She received positive reviews for her stint on the show. The website Vulture stated “Posey is superb in a brilliantly written role.” Lindsay Bahr of Entertainment Weekly said “Posey used her arsenal of talent and the material written and directed by C.K. to bring Liz to life”. Andy Greenwald of GrantLand felt Posey was “funny, engaging, and breathless”, and went on to call Posey “one of the most gifted actors alive”. Later the same year she was honored with the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.
Posey appeared in Ned Rifle, the third and final film in Hartley’s Henry Fool trilogy, again reprising her role of Fay Grim. On November 6, 2013, Hartley launched a fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to produce the film, netting a total of $384,000. Posey, Liam Aiken, James Urbaniak, and Thomas Jay Ryan, as well as some crew members, appeared in several videos promoting the campaign. The film premiered on September 7, 2014 at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2015. In July 2014, it was announced that Posey had signed on to co-star in Woody Allen’s mystery drama Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and Jamie Blackley. The film had its world premiere on May 16, 2015, at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. In July 2015, Parker revealed that before being cast in the film, she had considered quitting acting, as she feared that she “saw the independent film movement go away from me… it’s a world market now. They’re made from real star power. Whoever’s hot at the moment.” When Allen cast her, she cried, as “the independent film way of working is something that was in my bones. It’s like being a part of a punk band but no one’s singing punk rock anymore. Only a few bands are able to play, and Woody Allen is one of them. That’s why I cried. It was a relief.” In 2018, she appeared as Dr. Smith in Lost in Space, the Netflix remake of the 1965 TV series.