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Joey King delves into a twisted true-life killing in ‘The Act’

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Joey King will tell you that when it came to preparing for her role as Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the young woman whose twisted upbringing would make headlines after her involvement in the death of her mother, that it was as much a mental journey as it was a physical transformation.

Hulu’s “The Act” is a dramatization of the real-life horror story of Blanchard and her mother, Dee Dee. For years, Dee Dee made her daughter believe that she suffered from a number of serious health maladies, earning the pair public sympathy and help from charity organizations. Experts would later deem it to be a case of Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a mental disorder in which a caregiver makes up or induces illnesses for sympathy or attention. After figuring out she hadn’t really been sick, Gypsy helped to plot her mother’s death in 2015. (Gypsy is currently serving a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to her role in her mother’s killing.)

The case gained national attention following the release of a 2016 Buzzfeed article and an HBO documentary, “Mommy Dead and Dearest.” King, 19, relied on interview footage to help capture Gypsy’s demeanor and childlike voice. She also wore prosthetic teeth and shaved her head to better resemble Gypsy. But then came the internal navigation.

I had to imagine what Gypsy was like in her more quiet moments by herself,” King said when she recently stopped by the L.A. Times video studio. “There’s this way that she is around her mom — and you can see a lot of that in the footage that’s been put out there. But when she’s alone, I imagined, what I put out there, would just be a little bit different — especially as time goes on.

“The Act,” which is nearing the end of its first season, spends most of its time exploring the mother-daughter dynamic over a seven-year stretch, after the two moved to a home built by Habitat for Humanity in Springfield, Mo., in 2008. It chronicles how Gypsy comes of age — or at least tries to in secret — and slowly realizes the deception at play.

The bottom line is, she and her mom both had the same desire: to love and be loved,” King said. “But Dee Dee’s love for Gypsy was so toxic and so unhealthy that even though Gypsy loved her, she just wasn’t getting what a young girl needs from a mother or from anyone. So doing these things in secret, eating the sugar, I wanted to play that. There is a sense of guilt from Gypsy when she does all these things because she does love her mom. You should never get the sense, throughout the series, that Gypsy hates her mom. … I think when Gypsy is experiencing these new things on her own, it’s exciting, it’s freeing, it’s her little secret, but there is a sense of guilt that comes with that because she doesn’t want to hurt the person that is closest to her even though she wants to break away from that closeness.

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Gypsy Rose Blanchard reveals how she feels about Joey King playing her in The Act

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.

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