Pamela Adlon Feared She’d Be Replaced By A “Prettier, Cooler” Actress On Better Things

Faithful watchers of Better Things would agree: FX’s shaggy, frank, soulful comedy wouldn’t work without Pamela Adlon as its star. After all, as co-creator, writer and director, Adlon based the show heavily on her own life as a middle-aged, veteran Hollywood actor, a single mother of three girls and daughter of an eccentric British mom. And her performance as protagonist/alter ego Sam Fox is fittingly authentic, lived-in and detailed in a way that very few are. But Adlon — an onscreen fixture since childhood, from Facts of Life to Grease 2 to Californication to Louis, and a voiceover standout on King of the Hill and more — was pessimistic when she pitched the autobiographical project to the brass at FX.“I didn’t think that I could sustain a show,” Pamela tells Refinery29’s global editor-in-chief and co-founder Christene Barberich in this week’s UnStyled podcast. “I honestly thought I would sell the show, then Amanda Peet would play me. That’s what I was expect