An epidemic of binging broke out over the weekend after Netflix dropped season 1 of GLOW. Folks could not tear themselves away from the addictive story of 1980s female wrestlers, leaving many to now drown in their own tears over the sorrow of having to wait until God-knows-when to learn what happens next to Zoya the Destroya, Liberty Belle, Machu Pichu, Melrose, Welfare Queen, and the rest of the gang.
It turns out we’re not the only ones in the dark. Stars Alison Brie and Marc Maron haven’t a clue what’s to come next. We found that out when they stopped by EW Morning Live on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) and we asked the duo what they know about season 2. The answer? Nothing. “We don’t know,” Brie reveals. “We really don’t know. I think we won’t know until…everybody gets a chance to see it.”
Considering season 1 was still being written during filming, it isn’t a huge surprise that season 2 is not already completely mapped out, but Maron does have one big wish for season 2 — and it has nothing to do with his character of B-movie director Sam Sylvia. “All I’m hoping is, if it happens, it shoots at the same place,” Maron says. “Because I live in Los Angeles and I got this role and I was like, ‘Oh, f—, I’m going to have to drive to the Culver City!’ But then it turned out there were these studios I didn’t know about 10 minutes from my house in Atwater. I was like, a pair of studios in Atwater?!?”
Brie says those less-than-glamorous studios fit the tone and theme of the show. “You say studios, but it really is a handful of stages behind a storage facility and a police station,” says the woman behind Ruth/Zoya. “It actually felt so right for the show because of what the women are going through and what they’re putting together that we weren’t driving through the shiny gates of Paramount. It felt like what the women probably experienced.”
And the women on the show experienced plenty themselves. Maron points to the fact that they had to wrestle wearing leotards and experience “the struggle of keeping things out of your crack and making sure your boobs aren’t falling out.” At that, Brie laughs and says, “At a certain point, I was like, ‘Don’t tape the leotard to my butt. Just let the butt show. The cheeks are going to be out. I’ve committed to this. We’re going all in.'”
Brie committed to the role in more ways than one. She had to fight just to land the part, with her impressive résumé (Community, Mad Men) actually working against her in casting. “At first I think it was more about them wanting to discover new talent, which is a really cool thing. Not a lot of people go about casting shows in that way where they really want faces they have not seen before. Ruth is described in the first episode as being very unconventional and I think for them I have played a lot of very polished characters. They’ve seen so many pictures of me with hair and makeup done and sexy photos taken and they sort of thought, that’s not who this character is.”
She continues: “But I really was looking to play a different type of character, and I think part of what made me want the role was how much they didn’t think I was right for the role. Like, that I really should do something like this to prove not just to them but to myself and to them and the world that I am capable of doing grittier stuff and stripped-down kind of stuff.”
That “grittier stuff” was not just learning wrestling moves, but learning the art of not getting hurt while doing them. “That was a big part of our training,” says Brie. “A lot of it was, ‘Here’s how you can do these moves over and over and over and not get hurt.’ And nobody got seriously injured while we were shooting the show. But I will say, the moves hurt.”
That training also led the star to appreciate the true masters of the art. “You learn to really respect wrestling, and the athleticism behind it that’s very real. Whatever people say about wrestling, these people are superb athletes. It’s like acrobatics and dance and a sport at the same time. When your body is slamming on the mat, it hurts. Your whole body is slamming on the mat. I think the biggest misconception about wrestling is that there is a trampoline under the mat because everyone bounces so much. Really, it’s wood and metal under a thin mat. You’re hitting a hard surface.”
As for Maron, he had some pretty intense training as well. “I had to relearn how to do coke and smoke cigarettes,” he says. “It took about 10 minutes of training. Yeah, it comes right back to you, oddly. I’m a natural drug athlete apparently.”
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