Actress Alison Brie is currently the star on Netflix’s new series GLOW, as she plays Ruth Wilder, an out-of-work actress living in Los Angeles in the ’80s, where she finds unexpected chance at stardom in the world of women’s wrestling.
Recently featured in Playboy’s 20Q, Alison shares her thoughts on everything from how couples cheat on each other in Hollywood, smoking weed and eating pot brownies with her entire family, to being naked in GLOW and how she prepared to be a raunchy nun in her upcoming film, The Little Hours — premiering this Friday, June 30.
A few of the Q&A’s are featured below but check out the full interview here.
You’ve been in the business for more than a decade. What surprises you most about the way Hollywood works?
“I guess it’s that everybody cheats on their husbands and wives. It always bums me out. I mean, it makes sense on some level because there’s such an immediate intimacy to what actors do. You shoot scenes with people where you’re falling in love with them or making out with them or pretending to have sex with them. So I understand. And you can be away from your loved one for months at a time, and hackers are making it more and more difficult to send sexy photos to one another, so what are you going to do? But it still really shocks me.”
You’ve described your parents as reformed hippies. Was there a lot of herbal medicine around when you were growing up?
“Well, there’s still a lot of pot. On Thanksgiving we all smoke tons of weed. I mean, not tons of weed; we go through phases. Some Thanksgivings I’ll bring a pot brownie and we’ll be sneaking into the closet and having bites of it. At this last Thanksgiving, it was just my parents and my sister and then a bunch of our friends out back with vape pens. It’s been fun introducing my parents to the new weed technology. They both have their pot cards now, though. I used to be the keeper of the weed; now they’re on their own.”
You get naked in the first episode of GLOW. Did you train for that too?
“Oh absolutely. I definitely did some push-ups and sit-ups in my room to pump up the right muscles beforehand. I’ve passed on a lot of projects that had nudity, but I was obsessed with getting GLOW. Nudity is a part of the show, and I had no hesitation. I love the character. I understood why they wanted it. Getting naked on camera is like ripping off a Band-Aid. The hardest part is the transition from being in your robe to being naked on set. Once I was naked, it kind of reminded me of my nudist days from college and that feeling of, Oh yeah, I love my body and this is fun and silly and it’s fine.”
Additionally, Playboy’s July/August 2017 issue is now available for download at its official website and will hit newsstands nationwide tomorrow, June 27, 2017.
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- Source: Playboy
- Photographer: Stephan Würth