Getting in shape to play a professional wrestler in the ’80s Netflix series “GLOW” required a ton of practice, but star Betty Gilpin said that came with the added benefit of bringing the cast closer together.
“Wrestling really fostered a real primal connection between us. We wrestled together before we acted together,” Gilpin said of her relationship to co-star Alison Brie in an interview with TheWrap. “We were in our pajamas learning how to wrestle.”
“It couldn’t have been more stripped down and vulnerable, and it was the best foundation to lay for a creative relationship together,” she said. Now, the two actresses are “very much in love,” she joked, adding that she and Brie recently spent Thanksgiving weekend together.
That’s a far cry from the relationship their characters share on-screen — a soured friendship turned successful professional collaboration.
Though Gilpin says the characters’ “impressive” ability to compartmentalize won’t last long come Season 2. Sooner or later, their in-the-ring partnership will have to reckon with the unresolved feelings of anger and betrayal.
“I think it’s sort of coming to bite them in the ass this season. When you don’t have open dialogue about extreme pain, repression turns into — in Debbie’s case, rage,” she said. “I think we’re going to see Debbie’s rage.”