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.
Joey King has come very far from her days as a child actor. The burgeoning star is transitioning into a brilliant film and television career as she approaches her 20th birthday, most recently giving a command performance in The Act on Hulu. In the series, King plays Gyspy Rose Blanchard who murdered her abusive mother who spent her life fabricating her illnesses and disabilities to scam people.
King has proven her range and depth as an actress as she takes on these more challenging roles. At 5’4’’ she’s the little lady with the big acting range. Last year she started in The Kissing Booth on Netflix, proving her ability to take on leading lady roles in romantic comedies. From comedy to drama, King has proven she can do it all and then some.
AS IF sat down with her to discuss her recent and upcoming projects, her approach to acting technique, and her other interests and passions in addition to acting.
Let’s talk about your character Gypsy in The Act. Playing Gypsy was the first time you transformed yourself for a role. Tell me about the process of that transformation and the responsibilities you have of telling the story of a person who’s still alive? People have been asking me if I am a Method actor who stayed in character on and off set, and the answer to that is no. I’m not the type of person that can do that mentally, it would take too much of a toll on me. But, there were times when I took Gypsy home and it was really hard to shake her off. I had to decompress by watching cartoons. I started the process of becoming her by getting to know her through information available online, like news articles and videos. I was really lucky that we had Michelle Dean working on the project with us. Michelle was the writer who wrote the Buzzfeed article that made the story go viral, and she was one of our producers. Michelle was on Gypsy’s side because she had a personal relationship with her, so I could turn to Michelle whenever I had any questions.
You are not a Method actor, but let’s talk about the scene in the court room. It was very emotional. How did you get to that place? I definitely give myself about five minutes to get into a certain headspace before the camera rolls. It’s interesting because I’m playing a character I don’t have a lot in common with, so getting in that headspace takes more focus because I’m trying to relate to something that I can’t possibly begin to imagine. I was really fortunate to have such great directors, and the entire crew was so supportive that it made the process that much easier. Once I started getting into the headspace of the heavier scenes the character that I came to know took over for me—once I started going to that place my character knew what to do.
Do you prefer acting in one genre more than the any other? My heart lies with drama. I love all genres, like comedy, but my heart lies in drama and when working in drama I feel most productive.
This is not the first time that you’ve shaved your head for a part. Right.
The first time you did was when you were 11-years-old? Yes.
You had a lot of controversy aimed at you for doing so, and one would think in today’s day and age, where many stigmas and stereotypes are dissolving, that women could shave their head without an onslaught of negative comments. Shaving my head again, this time for The Act, and playing a character so different than anything I’ve ever done before, helped me learn so much about myself. I have never felt happier than working on this project. Shaving my head was something I was a nervous about even though I had done it before. I don’t know what has happened to me over the years, but the negative comments people say don’t really register anymore, which I’m so thankful for because I feel beautiful, and I feel proud of myself. I feel proud of myself for being allowed to play this character and to work with actors I admire so much. I am proud that I got to tell someone’s life story to the best of my ability. This was such a great opportunity for me as an actor that it didn’t even cross my mind that people would judge me for the cosmetic aspects of the role. The reality is I’m proud of myself and happy with the way I look. It was a bizarrely enjoyable experience to be able to completely strip away all vanity and become Gypsy, so fuck what other people say, I’m proud of myself! (laughs)