Nurse Jackie alumna Betty Gilpin is set to co-star opposite Alison Brie in G.L.O.W., Netflix’s 10-episode straight-to-series comedy executive produced by Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan.
Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch , G.L.O.W. was inspired by the real story of the 1980s female wrestling league. Set in Los Angeles and showcasing big hair and body slams, the series tells the fictionalized story of Ruth (Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling via a weekly series about female wrestlers. Gilpin will play Debbie Eagan, a former soap star who left show business to have a baby, only to be sucked back in when her picture-perfect life is not what it seems.
Kohan and Tara Herrmann executive produce, with Flahive and Mensch serving as showrunners.
The Reagan-era female wrestling league G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling), a female answer to the male-dominated World Wrestling Federation, was showcased in the eponymous kitschy, Las Vegas-based syndicated TV series, which ran for four seasons, featuring sketches, songs and wrestling.
Gilpin recently did arcs on Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, CBS’ Elementary, PBS’ Mercy Street and the upcoming American Gods on Starz. She is repped by ICM Partners and David Williams Management.