Alison Brie is the star of Netflix female-empowerment show “GLOW,” but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been subjected to some of the exact opposite in Hollywood.
“It has not changed that much,” the “Mad Men” alum said of Tinsel Town’s treatment of women now versus the 1980s, which is the backdrop of her new pro-wrestling series. “The audition process has not changed that much.”
“Early in my career, I auditioned for three lines on an episode of ‘Entourage’ that I had to go on in a bikini!” Brie recalled at the ATX Television Festival, according to EW. “Or like shorts and the tiniest shorts. And they were like, ‘Okay, can you take your top off now?'”
Brie later clarified that story for Twitter:
Re:Entourage – CLARIFICATION – I had a bikini top on UNDER my top. They didn't ask me to get totally topless. Sorry to disappoint you! ????
— Alison Brie (@alisonbrie) June 12, 2017
Also at ATX, fellow “GLOW” star Betty Gilpin then remembered the time she auditioned for a room full of men, one of whom asked her to take her hair down after she completed the scene.
“GLOW” casting director Jennifer Euston replied, “That’s gross.”
The conversation continued on Twitter, with “GLOW” writer Sara Vilkomerson writing, “I won’t be able to unhear @alisonbrie Entourage experience.”
Here’s the exchange between the writer and casting director:
(I won't be able to unhear @alisonbrie Entourage experience)
— Sara Vilkomerson (@Vilkomerson) June 11, 2017
Nor I – makes me sick there are producers who abuse their power & if there was a Casting Director present, they did nothing? Inexcusable. https://t.co/BQZdfafg2c
— Jen Euston Casting (@jeneuston) June 11, 2017