Joey King is currently receiving critical acclaim for her starring role, which is based on the shocking true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee. Dee Dee suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy and made Gypsy pretend to suffer from multiple diseases for years on end. In 2015, Gypsy killed Dee Dee and she is currently serving 10 years in prison for second degree murder. Now Gypsy has spoken out about Joey King.
According to E!, Gyspy is very fond of Joey. Speaking to the publication, Gypsy’s family friend Fancy Macelli said: “That was someone she really liked. She was very excited about Joey portraying her.” However, Fancy then went on to add: “But she’s very unhappy with the actual series itself.” Gypsy hasn’t been able to watch the series in prison. Not only that, but she has already revealed that she intends to sue the creators.
In a statement to Bustle, Gypsy wrote: “I am unable to watch The Act. However, I feel it is very unfair and unprofessional that producers and co-producer Michelle Dean has used my actual name and story without my consent, and the life rights to do so. Therefore, there will be legal action taken against the show’s creators.” As it stands, everyone working on The Act is profiting off of Gypsy’s story without her consent.
Speaking to E! Fancy also said that Gypsy is worried about how her friend Aleah (who is called Lacey in the show and is played by Anna Sophia-Robb) is being portrayed in The Act. “She heard from people about how Aleah was being portrayed and she was very upset about that because Aleah was such a positive influence for her like an older sister and she didn’t like that.”
Many viewers of The Act have warmed to Lacey (her character is warm and kind) but, given that Gypsy can’t even see the show to judge for herself, it’s understandable that she’s concerned. Fancy is currently developing her own show about Gypsy with Gypsy’s involvement. It is currently unclear who will star in the series and when it will come out.
Gypsy is due to be released from prison in 2024 but people are petitioning for her to be freed sooner.