“Togetherness,” the new HBO series airing at 9:30 p.m. Sundays, is a look at four adults who end up living under the same roof. Along with a bathroom, they share the same confusion and frustrations about how their lives have not gone the way as they expected.
The four adults are played by Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Steve Zississ and Amanda Peet.
When it comes to facing the realities of chasing a dream, Peet knows those feelings well.
“I worked in restaurants and I auditioned and I carried bags around, suitcases around. I used to have more than one audition a day. Some of them would be for tampon commercials. But I would just carry around this huge bag with all these costume changes in it,” Peet says. “It’s really so cringy to think about now. And I would just go on the subway and go around the city doing that.
“So that was for a few years. And then, finally I got ‘Law & Order’ and I started doing actually more legitimate acting stuff, not just commercials.”
She never had to sleep on a friend’s couch but did crash on her parents’ couch. That was better than one of the New York apartments she had.
“I lived in a basement floor on 13th Street where people used to pee in this gully. There was a gully outside my window which had bars on it. It was kind of like I was in jail. And then the people from the Palladium would be wasted and come and see the gully. And evidently they would pee in it. Because of that my whole apartment smelled like urine. And my mom would come over and pour vinegar to try to get the smell out.