When the Washington state native was a guitarist and vocalist for the riot grrrl-inspired trio Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein already had a measure of celebrity in rock music circles.
And now Brownstein is a household name, if your household watches “Portlandia.”
If your household does not watch “Portlandia,” you may have seen Brownstein in a new American Express ad. She plays a businessman with oversize glasses licking an ice cream cone, a hipster who’s just made a rare find in a record store, a sitar player and a grocery-shopping mom who puts her foot down when one of her kids tries to add two more near-human-sized jars of peanut butter to those already in the shopping cart.
At the end of the ad, Brownstein’s voice says: “I’m Carrie Brownstein, and I get to be whoever I want.”
As Brownstein continues to evolve along whatever creative paths she decides to follow, she will be cheered by the legions of fans she has acquired by bringing the world’s attention to Portland through “Portlandia.”