Pamela Adlon found a niche in Hollywood on her own terms

Pamela Adlon
Updated 06 October 2017
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Pamela Adlon found a niche in Hollywood on her own terms

NEW YORK: Pamela Adlon jokes that she knew she was not going to take home an Emmy Award by her seating placement at this year’s show.
The co-creator, director, writer and star of FX’s “Better Things” was nominated for lead comedic actress. She was seated near Jimmy Kimmel and Stanley Tucci, who also did not win.
Adlon found her mind wandering to a possible consolation prize: a gift basket. “I tapped Tucci and was like, ‘Do you know if nominees get like a big gift basket or whatever?’ He was like, ‘I think we used to.’ I was like, ‘OK, I just want to make sure.’”
She brings that realness and perspective to “Better Things,” which airs on Thursday nights (10 p.m. Eastern). The semi-autobiographical series, now in its second season, is based on her life as a single mom raising three girls.
Adlon works steadily in Hollywood but does not have the level of fame that makes her a paparazzi magnet and says she often finds herself making sacrifices to mother those around her.
Adlon says she is always had a maternal instinct.
“It is never turned off,” she said in a recent interview. “When I was 19, my friends used to call me ‘mother and care unit’ because people would be crashing on my couch. On (the) set, everybody calls me mommy or commander. I like commander.”
Adlon, also known for her roles on “Californication” and “Louie,” directed every episode of the second season of “Better Things.”
“It is the ultimate. I got to do four or five jobs on my show. I got to produce, write with Louis C.K., direct and act. And I got to wear my own clothes and decide what people would not do to my face and hair, which is my favorite,” she said with a laugh.
She also makes sure to look after her TV daughters, well, like a mom.
“I am always considering where they are that day. Did you eat? This one is flat-lining, go get some food in it. This one is texting, let us take the phone away ... Things like that.”


Japan worker’s pay docked for taking lunch 3 minutes early

Updated 21 June 2018
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Japan worker’s pay docked for taking lunch 3 minutes early

TOKYO: A Japanese city official has been reprimanded and fined for repeatedly leaving his desk during work hours — but only for around three minutes to buy lunch.
The official, who works at the waterworks bureau in the western city of Kobe, began his designated lunch break early 26 times over the space of seven months, according to a city spokesman.
“The lunch break is from noon to 1 pm. He left his desk before the break,” the spokesman said on Thursday.
The official, 64, had half a day’s pay docked as punishment and the bosses called a news conference to apologize.
“It’s deeply regrettable that this misconduct took place. We’re sorry,” a bureau official told reporters, bowing deeply.
The worker was in violation of a public service law stating that officials have to concentrate on their jobs, according to the bureau.
The news sparked a heated debate on Japanese social media, with many defending the official.
“It’s sheer madness. It’s crazy. What about leaving your desk to smoke?” said one Twitter user.
“Is this a bad joke? Does this mean we cannot even go to the bathroom?” said another.
The city had previously suspended another official in February for a month after he had left his office numerous times to buy a ready-made lunch box during work hours.
The official was absent a total of 55 hours over six months, according to the city.