Summary of “Pamela Adlon, the TV Auteur Hiding in Plain Sight”

After decades on the fringes of Hollywood, the showrunner, writer, and actor talks about “Better Things,” sudden success, and her relationship with Louis C.K. Each day, on the set of her show “Better Things,” the director and actor Pamela Adlon retreats to a small room while the cast and crew eat lunch.
Felicia Fasano, the show’s casting director, has known Adlon for almost fourteen years, but after reading the script of the “Better Things” pilot she called Adlon to apologize: “I’m so sorry for all those times I’ve made you have dinner with me! Oh, my God, I forget how busy you are.”
She befriended Lenny Kravitz in high school; he was a guest star in the first season of “Better Things.” As a teen-ager, Adlon was friendly with Katey Sagal, who played Peggy Bundy in “Married with Children” and who starred in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.” Through Sagal, Adlon met Allee Willis, an eccentric artist and songwriter two decades her senior-she co-wrote the “Friends” theme song, plus hits for Earth, Wind & Fire.
Adlon and two friends made one that was chosen as a finalist, an achievement that she describes as “The most exciting thing in my life.” Around the same time, she helped direct a documentary called “Street Sweep.” Adlon and her friends would head to downtown Los Angeles to befriend and film people who had become homeless as a result of President Reagan’s federal housing-budget cuts.
Adlon married the movie producer Felix Adlon, in 1997.
In one of the many phone calls between Adlon and C.K. “To process,” Adlon told him that she, too, would need to sever ties.
“She was trying to promote her movie.” Even Gideon Adlon was asked about C.K., during the run-up to her d├ębut feature film, “Blockers.” At the Emmy Awards last September, where Adlon was one of the nominees for Best Actress, she avoided red-carpet interviews in order to dodge questions about C.K. Now every time his name pops up in the news-which is increasingly often, since he has made a foray back into standup comedy-she asks the people around her to refrain from talking about him.
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