‘GLOW’ – Brie steps behind the camera


How Alison Brie got the big picture while directing

Alison Brie of ‘GLOW’ on Netflix

Q: How did you like directing this season’s seventh episode?

A: I loved it. It was so much fun. It was really exciting to connect with our crew in a different way and be like fully present and engaged with them in this new capacity, was really fun. Our crew was excellent. Everyone was so wonderful to me, our crew and our actors. Everyone couldn’t have been more supportive. I think more than anything, some of the girls on the show would say to me, “I’m a little nervous because I just want to do a good job for your episode.” (Laughs) Which was incredibly endearing. Yes, very supportive, there was no diva behavior and it was just fantastic. I felt very stimulated in a new way.

You know, as a director you’re not just thinking about yourself, which is mostly what we do as actors. We have a lot of time to indulge in our own narcissism so it was nice to be outside of that. It was really refreshing to spend days – because I’m hardly in the episode acting-wise, so it was really nice just to be behind the camera and spend full days not thinking about what I look like and really be able to focus on our other actors and their performances and the look of the show as a whole. And working with our (director of photography) Chris Teague, was a very special experience and such a fun collaboration, I definitely want to do it again.

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Q: Does that experience change how you look at acting?

A: In some ways, yes, and in other ways, no. I think definitely it gave me a lot of perspective. Again, as an actor, sometimes you can think that certain things are more about you than they really are and I think being on the other side of it I was able to see how little it has to do with what the actors are doing because there are so many moving pieces. But I don’t think it really has changed much about the way I approach acting or anything like that. I think I just gained a larger understanding and respect for directors – and actors.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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