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Today I Learned: Mae Whitman Looks Great In Her Underwear

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 18, 2012 | Comments ()


So, I guess these images are spoilers (sorry), but if you've seen the most recent episode of "Parenthood," there's no doubt that this is where the show is heading. Are you watching "Parenthood"? If not, then WHY THE HELL NOT? You liked "Friday Night Lights," didn't you? The family dynamic is the exact same, only there's a lot more family members and a lot less football. Wasn't football the reason so many of you avoided "Friday Night Lights" for so long? Then "Parenthood" is perfect for you.

Seriously: The show has a incredible knack for turning plotlines that would be cheesy or unremarkable on other dramas and extracting and insane amount of pathos out of them. How? Brilliant performances (Peter Krause will floor you as Coach Taylor 2.0), great writing, and most importantly, intimately real relationships with characters that you can see yourself in. The Bravermans are your family on its best day, and if you stick around long enough, there will be a plotline that speaks to you in somehow, and it will probably destroy you. Every character is filled with so much goodness that if you didn't love them, you would hate them for being so kind, warm, and knowing. I can't watch an episode of "Parenthood" without wanting to wake up my kids and hug the crap out of them.

The only unfortunate side effect of watching "Parenthood"? A serious case of cryface. It's ugly.

Here's some more photos (compliments of Socialite's Life) of Mae Whitman's Amber with her soon-to-be boyfriend, played by "Friday Night Lights" Matt Lauria ("Parenthood" hosts a ton of former "FNL" cast members). My favorite is the header photo because Matt Lauria has his arm around Mae Whitman to provide warmth, even though the cameras are obviously not rolling. Goddamn, that's sweet.







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  • Strand

    Teach me the ways of the secular flesh!

  • Michelle

    Mae Whitman's not the only one looking good there. What's up, Matt Lauria?

    Also, while I agree that most FNL fans will find something to like in Parenthood, I think calling Adam Braverman Coach 2.0 is a bit.. much. He's certainly compassionate and the person that holds everyone together in the family, but he's very different from Coach. It would've actually been interesting to see the current Kristina storyline played out on FNL because I would've loved to see how Coach would handled that!

    PS: I saw Argo this past weekend and didn't realize Kyle Chandler was in it and when I saw him it made me so happy!

  • Ed

    Steve Holt!

  • zeke_the_pig

    Ahhhh, nothing like any sort of AD-related post to bring out the barrage of soul-warming quotes. Goddammit, Pajiba, if you had told me you were gonna be doing a 'her?'-eligible post I wouldn't have gone out drinking last night and I could've joined in the fucking fun! Now it's just too late.

  • chanohack

    Aw, Person Who Hands the Actors Warm Things After the Take! I've done that job. It feels so important.

  • littlealbatross


  • littlealbatross

    Note to self: Read the comments before making your own. Here I thought I was going to be the first funny Arrested Development Comment...I forgot for a moment I was on a site where the patrons have taste.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Why thank you. So...why does the hot guy have a girl's name?

  • ed newman

    Where the hell are Pookie and Barbadoslim right now to make appropriate non-appropriate comments about the header assertion?

  • See, I want Taylor Kitsch to realize that he is not, in fact, a leading man and take his brooding, Tim Riggins-y self over to Katims and ask to be on Parenthood. That would make Parenthood perfect. (This is not a slam on Taylor, I have a mad crush on him. I just don't think he's ready to carry a movie by himself. Yet.)

  • Bucky

    If Riggins joined Parenthood, it would create a lot of awkward moments for me wherein I am both fantasizing and crying hysterically.

  • Mrs. Julien

    There's a woman in the picture? If that guy had chest hair, he wouldn't be street legal.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Wow. I mean, not that I didn't like Mae Whiitman before, but it was more in a digging her personality kinda way. Now, respectfully, I'd like to do naughty things with her regardless of her personality. Guh.

  • gunnertec

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Coach Taylor was a Leader of Men. I think you meant to say Peter Krause is Coach Taylor 0.5.

  • I've only seen two episodes, and both times I had two responses. First, I wanted to take Mr. Krause's character out back and kick the crap out of him, for having to repeat the same process of being reactionary, upset, disappointed, remorseful and then circling around to try to do the right thing as a father and sibling. If we're sticking with the FNL analogy, you get enough practice and you should start to get better, improve, maybe be able to do your job. Second, I want to invite myself into the writers' room and repeat the first sequence, since it's their fault that characters are so expressly written as devices for pathos and melodrama rather than as characters. And I'm angry and disappointed that the pathos is put right in front of my face rather than more subtlety emerging from nuanced direction. Then, I feel a bit bad because the acting is good and I try to remember the value of the acting credo, "Act well the part. Therein all honor lies." So, I turn it off and go read a book.

  • Abbey Road

    Wait, so you're telling me there's a girl in those pictures? Hummina hummina Luke Cafferty. Now that you're not playing a high schooler.

  • Funky_Brewster

    Yeah... he looks pretty frack'n hot now. I like!

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    I am watching it! I am loving it, even though I basically cry at every episode. Also, I live in not-America and the series isn't even on here (or at least this series isn't). I've been known to find other ways...what? I have shipped the bloody dvd boxsets to American relatives and had them smuggle them in. And other stuff.

    It also makes me want to have many, many children so I can create my own clan of Bravermans one day.

  • Leigh

    I agree... Parenthood could delve into the cheesy, and yet it never does.
    And I think Monica Potter is the best actress on tv right now! I had only ever known her from some dumb Freddie Prinze Jr. movie, but once I saw her in this... she is incredible! She is so good at having an emotion flash across her face that conveys more than words or more overt acting could ever do. I'm impressed.

  • valerie

    Hey, I LOVE that dumb Freddit Prince Jr movie! but yes, this is a much more impressive effort for Monica Potter. I for one am floored everytime theres a scene between her and the actress who plays Haddie. The way they speak is so spot on similar. It's incredible mother/daughter casting.

  • JoannaRobinson

    I like the Luke Cafferty Home From War storyline and all, but I'm holding out for Jesse Plemons + Mae Whitman. Give me the Landry, Katims. Give it.

  • Outdated&Awesome


  • BarnabyJones

    It's as Anne as the nose on Plain's face.

  • dizzylucy

    Way to plant, Ann.

  • pajiba


  • Guest

    That is one smoking hot girl! And that dress! Wow!

  • L.O.V.E.


    Oh, sorry. I thought we were just randomly shouting out pronouns for others to echo.
    Carry on.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    COME on!

  • L.O.V.E.

    You insulting me? The guy wearing a $6,300.00 suit?

    Well, sorry if I didn't pass the latest reading comprehension test, because I can't tell from the one word question if "Her?" is meant as a compliment -- "Wow, I never pictured 'her' looking so hot in her underwear. Is that really 'Her?'" - or an insult -- "'Her?' You must be talking about someone else because she does not look good in 'her' underwear".
    Are we upvoting a compliment or an insult?
    [Edit. Oh, great, so I'm the jackass who didn't catch on to the whole "Her" thing for 7 hours. Can't any of who attach a Youtube clip to help me out? Come On! ]

    So I'm going to just drop this off here.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    Plus, that one is religious. It gets pregnant, it stays pregnant. I
    know, I dated a chick like that once in high school. Wait... no, I

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Egg has done well for herself there.

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