GLOW 's Betty Gilpin Pens Heartfelt Eulogy After Series Cancellation: ‘Best Job I’ll Ever Have’
Betty Gilpin says goodbye to GLOW.
The 34-year-old actress wrote a heartfelt eulogy for the hit series on Vanity Fair, published on Wednesday, after Netflix announced earlier this week that the show would not return for the planned fourth season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"I'm sad. It was the best job I'll ever have," wrote Gilpin. “Our business is a strange mixture of trying to realize childhood dreams in a room full of sleeping people and evading the dignity of awake tomato throwers. This was one of those extremely rare times when we had to make the dream come true for awake people. And that too didn't disappear into an audition room or an unsent email. We did it on a show, recorded it all, I swear. Thirty episodes. "
Gilpin, who played Debbie "Liberty Belle" Eagan on the show, said she would be "forever grateful" to creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.
"You changed my life," she continued. "It's sad and strange to end like this. But we did it 30 times. I mean, I cried a lot on this subway. I never thought I could do it."
Ali Goldstein / Netflix Betty Gilpin
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Gilpin went on to joke that "GLOW apparently only really numerated men in kimonos and women in cat hair, who to me are the beating heart of the arts and the reason I keep waking up above."
The star also thanked many of the show's cast and crew, including Marc Maron and Chris Lowell, whom they described as "two perfect guys I will love forever."
Gilpin closed her post with a heartfelt message to Costar Alison Brie: "Because of course I'll miss you the most."
Ali Goldstein / Netflix Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie
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Netflix's decision to cancel GLOW came more than a year after it was renewed by the streaming service for a fourth and final season that had already started production.
"We made the difficult decision not to play a fourth season of GLOW due to COVID, which makes it particularly difficult to shoot this physically intimate show with its large cast," a Netflix spokesman said in a statement on Monday. "We are so grateful to the creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, Jenji Kohan and all the writers, performers and crew who shared this story about the incredible women of GLOW with us and the world."
GLOW tells the story of Ruth (Brie), an unemployed actress who got her last chance at fame through professional wrestling in the 1980s in Los Angeles. It follows the trials and difficulties of a diverse group of women who throw themselves into the ring - and into the spotlight.
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