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Netflix has a show unlike anything else on TV, streaming or otherwise, with new series GLOW. It follows a group of out-of-work actresses who sign on for a professional wrestling TV show. Despite not knowing anything about the sport, the women who make up the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling bust out their best 1980s workout clothes to get into gear. The cast of GLOW actually did their own stunts for the show, and I was able to speak with actresses Kimmy Gatewood and Rebekka Johnson about what it was like to get in the boxing ring. They told me about how they got their biggest bruises, saying this:
Given how the ladies of GLOW spend a good chunk of the first season learning how to fight and fall hard, I would have guessed that they got the most banged up while actually wrestling each other. According to Kimmy Gatewood and Rebekka Johnson, however, it was the ropes surrounding the ring that actually did the most damage. Of course, professional wrestling does involve a fair amount of faking injuries, so obviously they weren't going home every night with busted bones and concussions from battling their co-stars. Evidently you simply can't fake running into thick ropes.
That said, Kimmy Gatewood and Rebekka Johnson were very clear to me that the whole team behind the scenes at GLOW took the actresses' safety very seriously and nobody suffered real injuries while filming wrestling scenes. Hopefully the extra padding on the ropes helped lessen the bruises. I can vouch for the fact that you definitely can't tell that the ropes got a little extra padding, so kudos to everybody at GLOW for doing such a thorough job selling that these women were taking all the bumps and bruises from beginning to end. I was sore just watching some of the wrestling scenes!
Considering that GLOW is a comedy -- and a completely hilarious one at that -- it's probably a good thing that the production team discovered the issue with the bruising ropes when the actresses were just beginning training. Episodes might have been distinctly less funny if the characters were all black and blue from start to finish. In fact, bruises might have distracted from all the epic 80s fashion and hair, and that would have been a tragedy. The shoulder pads, leotards, and big hair of GLOW really add a lot of humor to even the serious scenes. I may rewatch the season just to fully absorb everything, from the fashion to the wrestling.
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