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Get to Know…the Cast of Better Things

Executive producer, writer, director and star Pamela Adlon talks to us about the best piece of advice she's ever received.

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Name: Pamela Adlon
Role: Sam Fox, Better Things (also executive producer, writer and director)
Previous Work: The Big Bang Theory, Bob's Burgers, Parenthood, Monk, Boston Legal, Californication, King of the Hill, The Facts of Life

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What's the first thing you do when you get to set?
The first thing I do is I get lunch. They make me a wrap and I eat my lunch for breakfast and then I can go and tackle my day.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
"Don't take it personally." I still don't take that advice. [Laughs] Just don't take it personally.

When you're in a bad mood, what's something that always makes you feel better?
I go in a room, turn off the lights, take off my pants, throw a piece of black over my eyes and go to sleep.

What's your proudest accomplishment?
It would have to be my daughters.

Name: Mikey Madison
Role: Max, Better Things
Previous Work: Monster, Imposters, Nostalgia

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What's the first thing you do when you get to set?
Wash my hands.

What three words would you use to describe your character?
Unpredictable, new, sweet.

When you're in a bad mood, what's something that always makes you feel better?
Read a book, meditate and take a hot shower.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
Japan.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
To not take yourself too seriously and eat what you want and accept what you are.

Name: Hannah Alligood
Role: Frankie, Better Things
Previous Work: Powers, Paper Towns, Miracles from Heaven, The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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What's the first thing you do when you get to set?
Go in my trailer. Wake up. Refresh.

When you're in a bad mood, what's something that always makes you feel better?
Food and drinks. Nap.

What's your proudest accomplishment?
One time I flipped a bottle and it landed on the end. [Laughs]

Name: Olivia Edward
Role: Duke, Better Things
Previous Work: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mysteries of Laura, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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What's the first thing you do when you get to set?
Go in my trailer. And then see what they have for food and drink.

When you're in a bad mood, what's something that always makes you feel better?
Food works very well. Reading. Any hobbies.

What's your proudest accomplishment?
Being on this show is probably my proudest accomplishment and I'm trying to do Duke justice.

What's something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I am half Portuguese.

Name: Diedrich Bader
Role: Rich, Better Things
Previous Work: American Housewife, The Drew Carey Show, Veep, Milo Murphy's Law, BoJack Horseman, Phineas and Ferb, Bones

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What's the first thing you do when you get to set?
I get some water. I'm not a coffee drinker, not a tea drinker. I don't need caffeine.

What three words would you use to describe your character?
He's gay, everybody!

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
He's straight, everybody!

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
"Quit."

If there's downtime on set what are you usually doing?
I just like talking to the crew. I'm a very talkative person. I'm a social animal. I'm not a big "go back to my trailer" type. I'm a social butterfly, it's what I am.

Name: Alysia Reiner
Role: Sunny, Better Things
Previous Work: Orange Is the New Black, Sideways, How to Get Away with Murder, Equity

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What's the first thing you do when you get to set?
Hug Pamela.

What three words would you use to describe your character?
Crazy, loving, grateful.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Crazy, loving, grateful.

When you're in a bad mood, what's something that always makes you feel better?
Jump on my trampoline.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
"Don’t take it personally."

Name: Rebecca Metz
Role: Tressa, Better Things
Previous Work: This Is Us, Lopez, Shameless, Major Crimes, Nip/Tuck, Coop and Cami Ask the World

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What's the first thing you do when you get to set?
Put my stuff down and poke my head out the door to see who else is there. And then I run to crafty and see who is there.

What three words would you use to describe your character?
Loyal, cantankerous, ambitious.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Ambitious, loyal, cat lady.

When you're in a bad mood, what's something that always makes you feel better?
Cuddle up with my cats and listen to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue.

What's your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is getting to a place where I'm making my living as an actor, which is what I've always wanted to do. And on a show that I would be a huge fan of if I wasn't on it. I feel like I wandered into the most perfect place for me, as an actor and as a person, which is a pretty big deal.  

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