In 2016, Michelle Dean wrote an article for BuzzFeed about the toxic, secret-filled relationship between Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her oppressive mother, Dee Dee, which ended in a twisted murder. Now, that story is the foundation of Hulu’s true-crime anthology series The Act, starring Oscar and Emmy winner Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee and Joey King as Gypsy Rose.
“Getting into the emotion and getting into the character of Gypsy was something I was so excited to tackle, but I was also admittedly super-nervous for,” King tells EW. “This is the first time I’ve ever gotten the privilege to really, really transform myself for a role.” That transformation included wearing fake teeth and shaving her head. “Transforming into Gypsy was one of the most challenging but most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” she says.
Arquette was equally prepared to transform herself for her role as the manipulative, overbearing Dee Dee. “She is a fearless actress,” says executive producer Nick Antosca. “She is not concerned about playing a terrible mother. She’s not concerned about playing a deeply complicated, scary character who does have humanity under the surface. Patricia is willing to go there.”
To Dean, who is executive-producing and writing the series with Antosca, the heart of the show is its emotional complexity. “I’ve spent three years listening to people tell me how crazy they think the people at the heart of this story are, and they were never that crazy to me,” she says. “They always seemed like human beings who had an emotional logic to what they did. Horrible things, but they did them out of truly human impulses. We made that into kind of a mission statement: We want people to understand the people behind the act.”
Joey King has been hard at work on her new TV series The Act for the past few months in Georgia and now a premiere date has been announced!
The first season of the anthology series will debut on Hulu on Wednesday, March 20 and new episodes will air weekly.
The first season of the series stars Joey and Patricia Arquette and it’s based on the BuzzFeed article, “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered,” by Michelle Dean.
The story follows Gypsy Blanchard (King), a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother (Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora’s box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder.
Calum Worthy and AnnaSophia Robb also star in the show!
Each year, a handful of fresh faces stun on the TV screen. Australian newcomer Eliza Scanlen did it this past year with her juicy role opposite Amy Adams in HBO’s Sharp Objects, as did Stephan James via his starring part in Amazon’s Homecoming with Julia Roberts. As the “Peak TV” era shows no signs of slowing down, 2019 is sure to usher in a new crop of breakout stars. Among those positioned to reach a new level of fame are model-turned-actress Hunter Schafer (HBO’s Euphoria), Dunkirk discovery Barry Keoghan (FX’s Y) and Olivia Hussey’s daughter India Eisley (TNT’s I Am the Night). Ahead of the new year, The Hollywood Reporter highlights seven actors — some newbies, others more recognizable — who are poised to make their mark on the small screen in 2019.
Joey King The Act, Hulu
As a child actor, King rose to fame as Ramona Quimby in the adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s children’s book Ramona and Beezus. But in recent years, the 19-year-old actress has shed her kid star persona with edgier parts in horror flicks like The Conjuring and Slender Man. She catapulted to a new level of fame in Netflix’s summer rom-com The Kissing Booth. Despite being poorly reviewed, the film developed a bit of a cult following that boosted her and co-star Jacob Elordi’s profile. Next, she’s graduating to Hulu’s true crime anthology series The Act, in which she’ll star alongside Patricia Arquette and Chloë Sevigny. The first season is based on a 2016 Buzzfeed article and follows Gypsy Blanchard (King) as she tries to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora’s box of secrets that ultimately leads to murder — a role juicy enough to already be drumming up buzz for King. She even shaved her head for the part.
Joey took to Twitter to reveal that the man thought she had cancer because she’s bald…
It is no secret that Joey King is one of the breakthrough stars of 2018. After wowing fans as a child actress in The Conjuring and Ramona & Beezus, she has since shot to international fame thanks to her turn as Elle in the hit teen drama The Kissing Booth. She also received widespread acclaim for her performance as Wren in Slender Man this August. Critics and fans alike cannot get enough of her.
Last month Joey shaved her hair for next major role. The 19-year-old will be playing the part of Gypsy Rose Blanchard in Hulu’s new true crime anthology series The Act. So far so normal. Except over the weekend, someone sat next to Joey on a plane assumed that she had cancer and thought that it was okay to joke about it. Wtf? Joey took to Twitter afterwards to explain what happened.
Last night Joey tweeted: “Y’all I’m on a plane & this man next to me literally turned to me with his phone in my face & took a photo of me as if I wouldn’t notice”. It goes without saying that this is not okay but it gets even worse. Joey then added: “& texted his wife that he’s sitting next to a girl who has cancer (just cuz I’m bald) & that hes scared to “catch it”…Y R PPL STUPID SUMTIMES“.
Seriously, people can be the worst. Joey followed up the tweet by revealing: “I read his text over his shoulder it said “some bald chick next to me with Fckn cancer coughed and I don’t wanna catch it”…..um ya jokin?“.
There is so much wrong with this. First of all you shouldn’t take photos of people without their consent. Then there’s the fact that cancer is not contagious and that being bald and having cancer are in no way mutually exclusive. Also shaming anyone for their appearance in 2018? Tragic.
Fans immediately replied to Joey’s tweet with kind words of support. One wrote: “you are a strong, beautiful and confident woman, who doesn’t need hair to feel beautiful” and another tweeted: “UGH. THAT IS NOT OKAY. Cancer is a serious and painful disease“.
Fingers crossed that people learn something from this incident and that Joey doesn’t have to go through this sort of experience again.