Emmy Contender: Carrie Brownstein talks ‘Portlandia’ and joys of fandom

You may know Carrie Brownstein from “Portlandia,” the IFC comedy she created with Fred Armisen. You may also know her from her acclaimed rock band Sleater-Kinney, which released its first album in a decade earlier this year and toured behind it in the spring. (More shows in the fall!) She also appears in the acclaimed Amazon Prime series “Transparent” and has a small role in Todd Haynes’ next movie, “Carol,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month.

We talked about all these things when Brownstein stopped by the Los Angeles Times recently for a video chat, just before she was dashing off to meet Armisen for a writing session for “Portlandia’s” upcoming sixth season. We also got to the bottom of why she deleted her Twitter account: She’s busy! (“I have to create a container for myself in which to work,” she explains. “I’m just like anyone else. I’m prone to distraction.”)

Other topics: The wonderful photo Brownstein took with B-52s member Cindy Wilson and her accompanying words on fandom and the “weird dance” that came in the aftermath of this (“The catcher did not have to dive for my pitch. ... I was relatively in the strike zone.”) and (yes!) the announcement that she’ll be doing a book tour for her upcoming memoir, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl,” which will be published in October.

And when she’s done with that ... maybe, just maybe, some time off.


“I could take a vacation. ... I could stand to take one,” Brownstein says, smiling. “Maybe December.”

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