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Woman Crush Wednesday: Pamela Adlon

In 1982 the sequel to the hit musical Grease came out.  It starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield.  It was panned by critics and was a bust at the box office.  When I saw it as a preteen, I fell in love.  I knew the songs by heart (Cool Rider FTW), had a crush on Maxwell Caulfield, and was thrilled that Pfeiffer’s character’s name was Stephanie.  And there was one character who I identified with: Dolores Rebchuck.  She was the little sister to Pink Lady Paulette and full of spunk:

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The actress playing Dolores Rebchuck is Pamela Adlon.  She has been acting since she was a child, often voicing animated characters.  She has starred on shows like Californication, Lucky Louie,  and most recently the show she is also directing and writing, Better Things.     Her characters are always strong, smart, and full of attitude.  In a recent episode of Better Things her character Sam is teaching acting students that an audience wants to see your weaknesses.  Adlon’s characters always show their weaknesses, making them even more relatable.

On the Showtime show Californication, Pamela Adlon played Marcy Runkle, wife to Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler).  Marcy is also known as “Cokey Smurf” due to her tiny stature and uncontrollable cocaine habit.  She is manic and has little to no time for bullshit.  She calls out both her husband Charlie and his best friend Hank (David Duchovny) when they get out of hand, showing tiny doesn’t mean weak.

HBO’s Lucky Louie was the studio recorded precursor to FX’s Louie.  Pamela played Louie’s wife Kim and also wrote one episode.  Louis C.K. created the show and has encouraged Adlon’s writing on Better Things.  They have great chemistry together.  In one memorable episode C.K. goes full frontal and his on stage wife doesn’t even flinch.

Better Things is one of my favorite shows on tv.  Sam is an actress mom to three girls.  Pamela wrote the show that is based on her life.  The honesty in each episode makes me jump up at least once and yell, “YES!”  A recent episode titled Eulogy is a requirement for any parent who is tired of feeling underappreciated.   As somebody who wears her heart on her sleeve but always polices her feelings, I love how direct, unflinchingly truthful, and even a little bitchy Sam is.  She is who she is and anybody who has a problem with that can exit stage right.

If you like comedies that keep it real and don’t hold back, watch Better Things.  If that isn’t your thing Pamela Adlon also voices characters on Bob’s Burgers, Uncle Grandpa, and even voices Halley Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory.  She is a talent in Hollywood that isn’t going anywhere.

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Women Crush Wednesday: Angela Kinsey and Busy Phillips

Angela Kinsey is an actress that played Angela Martin on the American version of The Office. Busy Phillips is an actress that was on Cougartown and Freaks and Geeks. I loved the shows they were on. They are both moms who live in Los Angeles. But these women are my crushes for their Instagram stories. It shows their actual personalities and gives an in depth look into their lives.

Angela is a working actress who is most famous for her role on The Office and is currently on Netflix’s Haters Back Off. I started following her on Instagram last summer after I read about her wedding to actor Josh Snyder. I was delighted to find out that she is the exact opposite of her character Angela. She is sweet, bubbly, and funny. Her stories consist of her flying back and forth from the Vancouver set of her show to her home in LA, spending time with her family, going to her favorite store Target, and hovering over the doughnuts at Craft Services. She even made somebody tearing her Eddie Bauer jacket while she was walking around Vancouver an endearing story that lasted a few weeks. And her best friend is Pam herself, Jenna Fischer. She is just a mom who loves her family and job that happens to be famous. She is relatable.

I discovered Busy on Cougartown. The show was silly but cute. Busy’s character was ditzy and always wore lively outfits. I followed Busy on Instagram because of the show but realized how cool she was when she started doing the stories. Her wardrobe is hipster chic, her nails always make me want to run to the salon, and her hair is always Coachella worthy. She does stories of her working out and sweating so bad I feel the need to workout harder, hanging out with pals Danny McBride and Colin Hanks, and going on a Disney cruise with her family for her parents 50th wedding anniversary. Most recently she was honest about how disheartening it was that her pilot for NBC didn’t get picked up. She is herself in a way that is refreshing for an actress who has been in the business for 20+ years. Add the fact that she is best friends with mega actress Michelle Williams and it doesn’t get much cooler than Busy Phillips.

Angela Kinsey and Busy Phillips are both hard working moms in the entertainment industry. They live their lives on social media so fans can catch a glimpse of their world. Their lack of self consciousness while showing their daily lives is something to look up to. It makes you feel as if they could be your friend.