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.”


Michelle Obama says her memoir is a 're-humanization' effort

Obama said her memoir “Becoming” is a “re-humanization effort.” (Getty/AFP)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Michelle Obama says her memoir is a 're-humanization' effort

  • Obama shared snippets from the book, including the experiences that have shaped her

NEW ORLEANS: Former first lady Michelle Obama says her upcoming memoir “Becoming” is a “re-humanization effort” that shares the “ordinariness of a very extraordinary story” that she hopes will give voice to people who feel voiceless.
She made the remarks Friday as she helped kick off the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans.
Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden moderated a conversation with Obama before an estimated crowd of 8,000 inside the city’s convention center.
Obama shared snippets from the book, including the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive and her time at the White House. The book is being released in November.
The conference, which ends Tuesday, is expected to draw more than 15,000 participants.