This weekend, Netflix unveiled their latest contender for binge-able devotion with the women’s wrestling series GLOW. And it had us Overlords enraptured. The show stars comedian and podcaster Marc Maron as a schlock director trying to get the Gorgeous Ladies of Wresting off the ground. And following in the tradition of Orange Is the New Black features a slew of exciting new talent. But for all of you who wondered, “Who is that actor? I KNOW THAT FACE!” Here’s a rundown.
Alison Brie IS Ruth Wild, A.K.A. Zoya The Destroyer
“What do I know her from?” My Mister asked as we watched Ruth throw her whole body into her redemption arc. And for many, Brie is best-known as the sweet Annie from Community. But she’s a bit of a “that guy,” playing the scene-stealing sidekick in The Five-Year Engagement, the sexy ex in Get Hard, or lending her distinctive voice to Unikitty in The Lego Movie and several characters in Netfix’s own Bojack Horseman, chief among them Diane Nguyen. She’s also shown her drama chops in Mad Men, playing the prim and pretty wife of that jackass Pete Campbell. And all of these performances (and more) had us begging Hollywood to finally give Brie a lead worth her talents. With GLOW, our wishes for her seem to have finally come true. Ironically, struggling actress Ruth is the kind of complicated role women are too rarely offered in film and television.
Betty Gilpin IS Debbie Eagan, A.K.A. Liberty Bell
Gilpin has had recurring characters in such beloved TV dramas as Nurse Jackie, Elementary, and Masters of Sex. But you may have recognized her most recently as Audrey Moon’s betrayed bestie in American Gods? Remember the bitter widow who pissed on her cheating husband’s grave then tried to seduce Shadow on Laura’s? That was Gilpin, throwing down and scoring some the show’s earliest dark laughs.
Kia Stevens IS Tammé Dawson, A.K.A. The Welfare Queen
This is not this bravado-fueled broad’s first time in the ring! Stevens has been wrestling as Amazing Kong (and later Awesome Kong) since 2002. Or you might know her as WWE Raw’s Kharma.
Ellen Wong IS Jenny Chey, A.K.A. Fortune Cookie
This Canadian ingenue has previously landed recurring roles on TV shows like Combat Hospital, The Carrie Diaries, and Dark Matter. But her breakout part was as the ass-kicking girlfriend who deserved better from the navel-gazing, anxiety-ridden hero of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. That’s right, Wong was sword-wielding Knives Chau.
Chris Lowell IS Bash, A.K.A. The Money Man
It’s friggin Piz! Since Veronica Mars, Lowell has also appeared on Private Practice, Graves and Enlisted, a show Dustin insists is amazing and cruelly hard to find now. But he’ll always be Piz—“for better and worse—to us.
Andrew Friedman IS Glen Klitnick
Friedman has a long list of appearances, popping up on shows like Happy Endings, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Fresh Off the Boat. But Pajibans undoubtedly know him best as Charlie’s creepy uncle, who is fixated on the size of his own hands.
Kate Nash IS Rhonda Richardson, A.K.A. Brittanica
Yes, that Kate Nash, the English singer/songwriter whose debut album, Made of Bricks, made her a pop star in the UK, and a cult sensation in the US. She’s snagged some TV and movie roles before this, but is far better known for appearing on soundtracks of Grey’s Anatomy, Bridesmaids, The Inbetweeners, and Community. And now we’ve come full circle.
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