I’ve been on an Enlightened-thon watching the 2012 Golden Globe winning HBO TV series “Enlightened” for several days now, so this is a home tour on the mid-century style house on “Enlightened,” where the main character Amy Jellcoe lives, along with my review of the HBO TV show.
Enlightened is a comedy, drama starring Laura Dern, as Amy Jellicoe, an executive who in front of her co-workers at Abaddonn Industries, has a full-blown psycho-type breakdown after her affair ends with her boss who downgrades her position to an account she feels is beneath her worth. Amy then takes a sabbatical from work to a treatment center in Hawaii called Open Air where she’s enlightened and has inner peace and happiness. She now has the key to unlock the mysteries of the universe and wants everyone to know it and follow her out of the darkness into the light.
The house in Enlightened at 5511 Senford Avenue in Ladera Heights, California is a mid-century style house that I adore and would not make any changes to at all down to the design on the garage door. My husband and I wondered about the rocks on the roof. At first I thought it was just a typical California desert-type terracotta roof, but on closer look it is rocks and quite beautiful at that. I’ve learned that this kind of roof is Ballast Roofing used for many reasons such as wind protection and most likely used on this house for keeping it cool.
Amy returns from Open Air Treatment Center to Abaddonn Industries a healed woman. She is whole now, and filled with hope for the future and overly confident she will be get her job back. The show has Amy talking her thoughts out loud to the TV viewers in a lilting voice with cloud dancing music that takes you away like you’re at Open Air Treatment Center and all your worries are gone. Amy wants us to know “You can walk out of hell and into the light.”
After being enlightened, Amy reconnects with her ex-husband Levi, played by Luke Wilson. She drops off a therapy book at his door that he could care less about as he has his own set of problems since their divorce with using alcohol and drugs to escape reality.
This and the above photos are of the apartment where Levi lives reported to be in Pasadena, but I don’t have an address yet. UPDATE: A reader commented below saying the address for Levi’s apartment is 502 S Catalina Ave, Pasadena which is so great to know!
She doesn’t get her executive position back much to her bewilderment, but is stashed in the basement doing data entry with the rest of the rejects/hard to place employees/employees who are “difficult.” Here is Tyler, played by Mike White who is also a writer and Executive Producer on Enlightened. Tyler is lonely and the perfect patsy for Amy’s destructive plan to take Abaddonn Industries down.
For Amy, this is what Abaddon Industries begins to mean to her. It is the enemy, the place where evil lurks and must be destroyed. She is delusional and still half-crazy.
“Of course the world is vast and complex. To understand it you can reflect you whole life away and what have you done? Nothing! At some point you must do. It is not enough to have good intentions, you must act on them.”
In another episode showing the Abaddonn Industries building Amy’s thoughts are:
“What if this kingdom really is cursed?
It is cursed, with a lunatic logic death drive..its castles made of glass, and concrete, and cancer. Would if somehow you knew how to break the spell and only you could bring the light. Would if somehow you had found the key that could unlock the chains,
the magic key that could free us all.
Would you use it?
You have to use it!!”
So begins her twisted whistle-blower plans.
She doesn’t fit in and is shunned by her past work friends and must show them the light. She is a do-gooder, wanna-be for the wrong reasons at the most inappropriate times that is made clear at a baby shower where she makes a speech about people who don’t have it as good. She wants everyone to join her women’s activist group and only ends up putting a damper on the whole happy baby shower atmosphere.
Beautiful Diane Ladd plays Helen Jellicoe, Amy’s not good-enough Mom and is Laura Dern’s mom in real life, so I love that this mother-daughter team are on Enlightened together. The two have starred in movies together before. Most notably Rambling Rose for which they both received Oscar nominations.
Even Helen’s dog, Ginger, is orange, and Levi’s apartment is coral-colored so I wondered what the significance of this color implies for the show other than it is a warm and inviting color. ”Orange offers emotional strength in difficult times. It helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief.”
The pool with roses is a beautiful scene like many scenes from the show that are shown to the audience accompanied by soft music playing leaving the viewer feeling like they are floating on air, which is a better feeling than I get after watching other popular violence-themed shows.
Have you seen Enlightened is my obvious question and if so, how do you feel after watching?
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