Megan McLachlan goes to the mat for Season 2 of GLOW on Netflix, nominated for five Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Betty Gilpin).
In Season 2 of GLOW on Netflix, things really start to gel. The ladies are actually a part of a TV series and get to share with the world of cable access TV the characters we grew to know and love in the first season.
GLOW didn’t receive as many Emmy nods for its second season, but that doesn’t speak to the quality. Season 2 breaks some bones, hearts, and ends with the most unlikeliest of weddings—one where the fact that it takes place in a wrestling ring isn’t the weirdest part.
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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Betty Gilpin
Gilpin is the sole acting nomination from the cast and maybe that’s because Debbie is one of the strongest, loneliest, and messiest characters on TV.
Gilpin said of her character: “Going into Season 2, Debbie is using GLOW, the show within a show, as a safe space to try out a stronger version of her identity than she has been living in her outside life. The combination of playing Liberty Belle and learning how to wrestle and having her life implode is actually freeing to her, wiping the slate clean. It lets her find her power in the ring and outside of the ring. I think we see ways in which Debbie succeeds in that and ways in which she fails in that. She’s the strongest and messiest and loneliest person I’ve ever played.”
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non Prosthetic) & Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
Lana Horochowski and Theraesa Rivers talked about what it took to create Olga’s look in the Emmy-nominated “The Good Twin” episode.
“It’s supposed to a spin on the Dorothy Hamill haircut,” says Rivers. “It is a knock-off.”
“There were so many discussions about that,” offers Horochowski. “At first, we were just going to make [Olga] look like Zoya. We thought, ‘She should just have the same makeup as Zoya.’ Then, we thought, maybe that would be confusing. We went backwards and made it the opposite. She really wore no makeup and we just put that mole on her and that ridiculous wig, which actually ended up being way funnier than what we originally thought. She [Alison] is so funny, she’s just such a funny person, that all you really had to do is put on the mole and she did the rest for us.”
Outstanding Period Costumes
Costume designer Beth Morgan talked about real-life inspiration for GLOW‘s wedding in the ring and what it took to create Rhonda’s wedding dress.
Morgan: “I had family members that got married during that time period, so looking at that and finding research online of real weddings. We didn’t really look at any magazine weddings. The only magazine I looked at was this amazing photo of Cindy Crawford in a wedding dress that had some inspiration for Rhonda’s wedding dress. Really, Rhonda’s dress was taking pieces from all of the things that were in style at the moment and putting it together. It’s pretty unbelievable that that was the style. The huge ruffle on the shoulder and the headpiece with a veil was the height of the over-the-top ’80s wedding. It really works for our characters because they have such amazing hair. It was great to show everybody’s body in a different way, to be able to show Machu Picchu (Britney Young) in a leotard. And to show yes, this is a challenge that will be forever in our history—putting people all in the same thing is really challenging.”
Outstanding Stunt Coordination
It’s no real surprise that GLOW stunt coordinator Shauna Duggins won in this category last year, and in Season 2 she faced new challenges with filming that climactic Battle Royale scene.
Duggins: “There were so many girls in the ring, and the ring gets very small very quickly. And you had stories to tell for each little vignette, and the timing is crucial. What one girl does times out to when the next girl goes out and then when the next girl goes out, and we didn’t get them all together until maybe right before we shot it.”
Vote for GLOW in the following:
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
Outstanding Period Costumes
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program