Who Is Emmy-Nominated, Betty Gilpin’s ‘GLOW’ Character Based On?

The Netflix show follows the lives of women who star in a wrestling show. This is based on the real show, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which aired from 1986 to 1990.

Betty Gilpin is currently nominated for an Emmy for her role. Fans may wonder if her character is also based on a real person. Here is the answer and more to know about how she prepared for her role.

‘GLOW’ is based on the real show ‘Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling’

The documentary GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling is the inspiration for the show. The 2012 documentary showed what all went into the wrestling program.

“Wrestling was funnier in 1985, which seems to be missing from today’s style. It was definitely theater, but there’s also that kind of vaudeville,” co-creator Carly Mensch told Vanity Fair. They made sure the Netflix show focused on “empowerment versus exploitation.”

A lot of the wrestling characters on the show are also based on characters from the original wrestling program. However, the names of those characters changed.

Liberty Belle is based on Americana

Gilpin plays Debbie Eagan who plays Liberty Belle on the Netflix show. She’s usually posed as the hero going up against Ruth’s Zoya (Alison Brie.)

Liberty Belle is based on Americana played by Cindy Fera. She went up against Spanish Red, Ninotchka, and Palestina, according to Insider.

Gilpin revealed what it was like to prepare to play the wrestler. “We did a month of wrestling training with Chavo Guerrero Jr. of WWE, and then we trained throughout shooting — five months total,” she told Variety.

“[Co-star] Alison [Brie] and I did all the moves you see in the series,” she continued. “Being the taller, curvier person to Ali, I did a lot of lifting her, throwing her. We learned body slams, head scissors, sunset flip.  …  It’s really a trust exercise. The victim is doing just as much work as the aggressor. It’s like couples therapy; everyone should do it.”

Betty Gilpin is nominated for outstanding supporting actress

Betty Gilpin of 'GLOW'
Betty Gilpin of ‘GLOW’ | Mike Pont/Getty Images

Gilpin is currently nominated for an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role. This is the second time she has been nominated.

The actress has some tough competition. The other nominees are Sarah Golberg for Barry, Sian Clifford and Olivia Colman for Fleabag, Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live, Anna Chlumsky for Veep, Alex Borstein and Marin Hinkle for Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Gilpin has talked about how close the writing for her character comes to her real life. “Liz [Flahive] and Carly [Mensch] are very meta in their writing,” she told the New York Times. “They see where I am in my fear and empowerment journey, and they write it into the script like evil genius demons. As Debbie finds her self-worth, I’m doing that on our set, which is like a feminist Montessori bio-dome experiment.”

Soon we will know who will take the award. The award show airs on Sept. 22 on Fox starting at 8 p.m. EST.