Enlightened
Character: Amy Jellicoe
Created by: Laura Dern, Mike White
Directed by: Mike White
Written by: Laura Dern, Mike White
Produced by: David Bernad, Jason Weinberg, Joanne Toll, Timothy Marx
Other cast: Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns
Premiere date: October 10, 2011
Episodes: Appeared in all episodes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Running time: 28min

A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.

Taglines

→ Meet the new face of tranquility
→ Peace had its chance.

Trivia

On a roundtable for comedy actresses put together by the magazine The Hollywood Reporter, Laura Dern commented her surprise regarding the journalist questions about the show. According to Dern, many of them emphasized the imperfect personality of her character, making the actress wonder if James Gandolfini or Larry David (stars of The Sopranos and Curb your enthusiasm, also on HBO) were asked the same types of questions, considering their characters are praised for how flawed they are. Dern reveals that she just assumed the audience would be interested in seeing a female character whose strength and comicality came from her extreme behavior, and that she never got those questions when promoting independent movies, where she had played characters with similar traits.

Reviews

Ms. Dern plays a career woman who is just this side of crazy, and there is Method acting to her madness. She is a protean actress who can look fairy-tale pretty one second and downright witchy the next. And that mutability extends to her portrait of Amy, who is laughably irritating and graceless except when she stumbles into a moment of good will. Her newfound spirituality flickers wildly and sometimes combusts into ill-suppressed rage, but sometimes she really is full of wonder. More than once she reveals a streak of shrewd self-interest hidden beneath her oneness with the universe.Alessandra Stanley