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‘The Act’ Star Joey King on Her ‘Honesty Policy’ With Patricia Arquette: ‘I Felt Supported by Her 100%’

Joey King took on the most “mentally and physically demanding” role of her life when she signed on to play Gypsy Rose Blanchard in “The Act.”

Gypsy Rose’s mother, Dee Dee (played by Patricia Arquette in the fact-based Hulu limited series), convinced her daughter that she suffered from illnesses like leukemia and muscular dystrophy, although doctors never found any evidence that Gypsy had the conditions. She did have a unique voice, though — a high-pitched little-girl voice that King studied by “going to sleep with interviews of Gypsy playing through my headphones.” (She never spoke directly to Gypsy, who is currently in prison for her role in her mother’s murder.)

King didn’t read for the role in that voice, though. “They didn’t want people to audition with the voice because they didn’t want it to seem like they were mocking the character, and instead hoped to find someone who just really captured the soul of the character,” she said. “Only after I booked the role did I say to our producers, ‘I really think it’s important for me to try and do the voice.’

She also watched the HBO documentary about the case, “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” “probably more times than I can even count” to capture Gypsy’s mannerisms. But the most challenging scene for King, she said, was the one between Gypsy and boyfriend Nick Godejohn (played by Calum Worthy) that took place after he killed Dee Dee so the two lovers could be together.

It’s the scene when myself and Calum were hiding in the closet from the SWAT team,” she said. “We decided we were going to stay in character and stay in that closet the whole time, and we didn’t want to see the SWAT team before the scene of them dragging us out happened. We wanted it to happen organically.”

The powerful dynamic between King and Arquette, both Emmy nominees, was not restricted to what happened in front of the cameras. “I learned so much from Patricia, not just about acting but about being a kind and amazing person in general,” she said. “We developed such a trust between the both of us — we had an honesty policy with one another. If we ever thought that the other needed another take or could use some improvement in any way, we would always be honest and tell each other what our real feelings were. I felt supported by her 100%, and I know that she probably felt the same.”


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The Act’s Joey King Talks Emmy-Nominated Role, Teases Kissing Booth 2

Joey King is known for her light-hearted roles in teen drama films and family comedies, including Ramona and Beezus and the hit Netflix flick ,The Kissing Booth. However, her most recent project, The Act, is anything but playful.

Her depiction of Gypsy Rose Blanchard – the meek, “ill” girl turned murderer – has made an impression on the industry and recently earned her an Emmy nomination.

The Act and The Kissing Booth strike completely different tones, and King, 19, felt these differences while shifting from one role to another. She says the contrast between her two characters reminded her why she wanted to become an actress in the first place.

“I love them so much because they are so different,” she told PEOPLE before the Emmy nominations were announced. “It’s almost like I’m a different person when it comes to each of them. But that’s why I love my job so much. I can do things like The Act and The Kissing Booth and still be the same person at the end of the day. I love being able to experience new characters and push the boundaries and do something different every time.

Moving forward, King said she wants to remain open to every kind of role and “tell as many stories as possible” through different characters, lenses and experiences.

Her willingness to endure the emotional rollercoaster that comes with portraying a story as complicated, violent and disturbing as that of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother has definitely paid off. In a video, Joey burst into tears as she heard the announcement of her Emmy nomination.

“I actually cannot believe it,” King said of the Emmy buzz. “Sometimes I’m like, ‘No, not me, surely not me.’ I’m so flattered and excited to be working alongside all of these amazing women. Being nominated for an Emmy is one of the highest honors you can get. It’s just one of the most insane accomplishments and greatest moments for me in my life.

While she soaks in the accomplishment of her nomination, King is on set for The Kissing Booth 2.

So many fan favorites are back and you can expect a lot of crazy things to happen in Elle and Lee’s friendship, as well as in Noah and Elle’s relationship,” King teased.

Plus, she confirmed the sequel will definitely include a kissing booth!