The Mad Men star returns to TV as an 80 s wrestler in GLOW. Its a long way from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce
In the dimly lighted art-deco pomp of a Knightsbridge hotel bar, performer Alison Brie is immaculately coiffed( artfully tousled bob) and costumed( persimmon formal era dress) for our interrogation. The 34 -year-old veteran of Mad Men and Community , now positioned to break out in her Netflix vehicle GLOW, radiates the steely position and self-possessed charm of a busines diplomats wife.
Best known for her Mad Men persona as Trudy, the reluctantly woke Stepford Wife of oleaginous ad accounting exec Pete Campbell, Bries tinkling, musical roar as she deftly scoops a handful of rice crackers from the proffered silver bowl( These are my achilles heel) is straight out of Trudys playbook. Her earnest perkiness, recognisable from her form as Communitys relentlessly bubbly ingenue Annie, is on display, too.
But its a ascribe to the skills of this South Pasadena-bred behaving wonk that she is virtually unrecognisable in upcoming 80 s kitschfest GLOW as Ruth, a cruelly permed Hollywood bit-player altered gung-ho wrestling baddie. GLOW stands for Gorgeous Females of Wrestling, and this fascinating 10 -episode show-within-a-show is a affection homage to the eponymous low-budget female striving TV conference that aired from 1986 to 1990.
Even though mediocre is the highest kudo one might realistically lavish on the original GLOW, that unabashed gondola hurtle of rope-a-dopes and soap opera tropes, incompetent raps and idiocy skits performed by performers and sometimes interspersed with actual wrestling lives on in sect infamy. A 2011 documentary on the phenomenon of the same figure remained the spark radiant, and by the time scribes Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch successfully sloped it to Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, Brie was eager to be part of its continuing legacy.
GLOW is such a unique animal, she shows, in her accurate, cultured flavors. Its really unlike contemporary wrestling that is being done today. On the one side, its about physicality, detecting comfortable and powerful within yourself, and its also about detecting your internal warrior and your alter ego; another personality. Extremely for the status of women here, that are able to messy and vigorous in ways that girls[ in real life] so often feel like they cant.
Bries role model for her inner fighter is her baby, a hard cookie who was that working single mama who did it all: direct, getting her masters degree, getting my sister and me to clas. Certainly thats where Ive got my work ethic from. That work ethic powered Brie through CalArts prestigious theatre program, including a year in Glasgow, where she struggled to understand the regional accent. Theyd tell things to me at length, and Id precisely … She mimes moronic nod: Id agree to everything. I got a lot of sardonic looks.
Right out of university, Brie orchestrated her first television undertaking: an evil hairdresser on an bout of Hannah Montana. For the audition, I decided to do a Long Island accent, she answers, and its what got me the capacity. When I was waiting out in the dorm, I heard them telling the other actresses to do it with that accent, which blindsided all of them. She chuckles: And when we went to shoot the picture “theyre saying”: Its remarkable, only lose the accent.
GLOWs opening vistum pictures Bries persona permitting a crucifying audition for a one-line character. Brie can refer. Ive had my fair share of vexing know-hows, she articulates. Ive auditioned for chapters of Entourage where you had to go in a bikini top. Oh, OK, my entire shirt should be off Ill just be in the bikini? Great , no problem! She flashes a rictus smiling. You stand those mini-humiliations all the time. And did she get the bikini responsibility? No I did not. And thats crushing, of course.
In 2007, she got the call that molted been thrown in AMCs Mad Men, and two years later she was a featured participate in NBCs Community as well. Its rare to be a regular on two pop registers at the same occasion, and even rarer to cinema for the two registers in one day, as Brie sometimes did.