“It’s just a fun way to show the weird things we have to do and have to go through in a funny way,” admits Pamela Adlon about the third season of FX’s “Better Things.” Adlon has earned two consecutive Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Actress for the show’s first two seasons. She earned an Emmy for her voice work earlier in her career on “King of the Hill.” In our interview (watch the exclusive video above), Adlon talks about the challenges of being the star, director, showrunner and head writer of the series.
Season 3 of “Better Things” was unique in that it was the first in which Adlon worked with a team of writers (Adlon had previously co-written the series with Louis C.K.). Describing the experience of working with a team of writers, Adlon declares, “It’s amazing. I love the whole thing. I love the experience. I love saying my ideas that I have into the room. It’s a great exchange when people’s minds are open and they’re turning each other on… brain wise.”
With the third season, Adlon says that she wanted to show people “falling apart,” but still able to succeed. Among the highlights is the season’s 10th episode “Show Me the Magic.” In the episode, Sam spends a rare night with her girlfriends — and without her children — giving her the rare opportunity for some female bonding. She describes wanting the episode to feel “like a (John) Cassavetes movie.” The episode, which combined scripted scenes with moments of improvisation, was important to her. “It’s hard to get women together,” Adlon explains. “I really wanted to show women having this intense bonding time and this intense expression of ‘what happened to me?'”
Adlon prides herself on taking good care of the people on her set, and does her best to create a happy and safe working environment, achieved mostly by feeding her cast and crew. “I know the feeling I want when I come to work,” she says. “Everybody feels taken care of. Everybody feels heard. It feels very safe.”
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