Another season of Portlandia premiered last night, which means it's that time of year again—when Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are in every magazine, and when the sound of gritting teeth forms a cricket-like background drone throughout the streets of Portland.
Six years in, it's unclear what's left to learn about their "process" of writing the show, but recent interviews have revealed at least one interesting bit of information: Carrie Brownstein no longer lives in the city she became famous for skewering.
Carrie, you recently moved from Portland to Los Angeles. Does this mean you’re committing more intensely to acting in features and other series? We’ve not only seen you in Transparent in the last year, but you also had a small part in Carol.
Brownstein: I mostly want to focus on writing. Writing the book was a big accomplishment; I felt immense relief when it was over and said, “I’ll never do this again!” But within a couple weeks of finishing the tour, I thought, Okay, I need to continue writing! It a common through line in everything I’ve done. I think I’ve gotten better at it over the years. I also hope to do more acting, but being in L.A. for now is mostly about positioning myself in a different context, including in a much sunnier place. [Laughs.] And being around people who inspire me. I’ve loved doing Transparent, and getting to work even a little bit with Todd Haynes. I’m also so proud of Fred for everything he’s doing! I think when we step away from Portlandia and do other things, it allows us to not take it for granted.
It's unclear exactly when she relocated—she obliquely mentioned taking a long road trip on Twitter at the end of 2015, and then unpacking her record collection—or what this means for the future of Sleater-Kinney, whose other two members are still here, as far as we can tell. Of course, Brownstein spent a lot of time last year away from Portland, on tour with her band and promoting her memoir, and she has clarified that she's still living part-time in Oregon.
In the short-term, though, it appears that the one legitimate resident connecting Portlandia to Portland is gone—Fred Armisen lives in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood, after a brief flirtation with a west side apartment in Portland— which is sure to thrill the show's detractors.
Luckily for those people, Portlandia is nearing its end…sort of: They've announced show's will conclude after its eighth season. Its sixth season started last night, with an episode set at the Pickathon festival.