‘Com­man­der mommy’ in charge

Edmonton Journal - - MOVIES - ALI­CIA RAN­CILIO

NEW YORK Pamela Ad­lon jokes that she knew she wasn’t 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 didn’t 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 Thurs­day nights. The semi­au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal se­ries, now in its sec­ond sea­son, is based on her life as a sin­gle mom rais­ing three girls.

Ad­lon works steadily in Hol­ly­wood but doesn’t 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’s al­ways had a ma­ter­nal in­stinct.

“It’s never turned off,” she said. “When I was 19, my friends used to call me ‘mother and care unit’ be­cause peo­ple would be crash­ing on my couch. On 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’s 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 wouldn’t do to my face and hair, which is my favourite,” she said with a laugh.

She also makes sure to look af­ter her TV daugh­ters, well, like a mom.

“I’m al­ways con­sid­er­ing where they are that day. Did you eat? This one is flatlin­ing, go get some food in it. This one is tex­ting, let’s take the phone away ...

“Things like that.”

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