‘GLOW’ – Shooting series fun for Brie

An actress learns to wrestle

Alison Brie of GLOW on Netflix

Q: What is the biggest difference between men’s and women’s wrestling?

A: I think it’s less about male wrestling versus female wrestling and more about ’80s wrestling versus contemporary wrestling. So today you find a much more polished performances going on in wrestling and what we’re doing on “GLOW” was a bit more scrappy. The women of “GLOW,” like us, we’re actresses learning how to wrestle. Most of them were not wrestlers before they started shooting the show, so you see a lot more hair-pulling, a lot more really raw moves. And you see the hair mares and things like that that wrestlers still do today, but when they do them today they just pack a little more punch.

The showmanship is a little bigger … and there are more moves that have been created since the women were doing the show in the ’80s, so there are moves that we’ll – when we watch contemporary wresting, I think sometimes we get a little disappointed ’cause we come in like, “I wanna learn how to do this!” And Chavo (Guerrero Jr., the show’s wrestling coach) is like, “That move wasn’t created till 1992. It’s not gonna make any sense.”

Q: In episode eight, were there any differences or subtle gradations to how you do the Zoya voice and how you did Olga?

A: I think for episode eight all subtlety was shoved to the side. I wasn’t intentionally trying to make any differences between their voices. They are identical except for the clubfoot. But Olga’s hair was sort of enough to put me in a slightly different mood. It was such a fun character.

Shooting that episode is maybe the most fun I’ve ever had working on a show. And I used to work on “Community,” which was damn fun. But I just think we all – there’s something about where the characters are when they’re shooting episode eight where they’re like, “We’ve got nothing left to lose. Let’s all just have a great time, play to our strengths and not overthink it.” And I think that was kind of the mood while shooting that episode as well.

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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