Post Mortems
GLOW Season 1 Episode 1 Babies Fight Debbie

GLOW's Betty Gilpin Praises Her Tiniest Co-Star's 'Devastating' Performance

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the series premiere of GLOW. Proceed with caution.

By now, there’s a good chance you’ve watched the first episode of Netflix’s female wrestling comedy GLOW. So can we talk about that fight at the end?

No, not the stunt choreography. And not the dramatic ramifications of Debbie learning about Ruth’s affair with her husband. (Though both of those are, to use GLOW-era vernacular, rad.) Instead, we want to discuss the preternatural calm that baby Randy exhibited while his mom stormed into the boxing gym and prepared to destroy her former friend in the ring.

Such poise! Such emotion! Such a lack of drool! We were so captivated, of course we had to ask on-screen mom Betty Gilpin, as well as co-stars Alison Brie and Marc Maron, about the scene when we caught up with them at a press event prior to the premiere. Read on for their take on their smallest co-stars’ Emmy-worthy performances.

TVLINE | One thing struck me when you’re carrying the baby in and you’re screaming at Alison’s character, did you have to swap that baby out? Did the baby start crying because you were yelling?
BRIE | No, the babies are incredible.
GILPIN The babies are amazing.

Glow Season 1 Episode 1 Baby Betty Gilpin

TVLINE | Can they hear OK? Because you guys were screaming, and they didn’t seem to pick up on any stress. 
BRIE | I did ask that!
MARON | They just kept looking amazed. Never cried.
BRIE They were so entertained by Betty’s performance.
MARON The funniest babies.
GILPIN | Liam and Charlie, they’re twins. They are, present company excluded, some of the best scene partners I’ve worked with.
BRIE | I hear that.
GILPIN | You look into their eyes and… At first I was like, “Oh, that sucks. I have to be the person with a kid. They’re going to be annoying.” [But] their eyes are like [they’re] 6,000 years old, [with] the history of the whole world, and [the babies] reflect back whatever you’re giving them. It is crazy.

TVLINE | That’s amazing.
GILPIN | There’s one scene in… whatever the diner scene is.
BRIE | Oh yeah, with your mom and dad.
GILPIN | Yeah. Charlie was giving the performance of the whole season. Looking at you, recognizing you, and then he gave me a look back. It was devastating. Giving you options.
BRIE | Yes.
GILPIN | Amazing.

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  1. A fan of TV says:

    I despise wrestling intensely, but I loved this show. And that baby was just ovary-melting.

    I’m only disappointed I have to wait a year for more story – why can’t GLOW be one of their twice a year shows, like Fuller House or The Ranch (neither of which are as good as this, IMO)?

    • Cody Drennen says:

      So you hate wrestling but why? I been watching it for 30 years now so why the hate and dont say it is fake or anything of that nonsense.

      • A fan of TV says:

        I tuned in for Alison Brie, whom I would watch read a phone book from 1958. I hate pro wrestling, the steroid use for fake (yes, fake!) fighting, and the over-reliance on terrible stereotypes, and that’s allowed ;) when it’s is played for a bit of parody, though, and there are other things going on as there are in this series, I can tolerate everything about it that I personally don’t enjoy. If it makes you feel better, I was far more turned off by Rich Sommer and his latest TV dbag than I was by any of the on-screen wrestling.

      • A fan of TV says:

        I could also rant for days about the evil greed of Vince McMahon, but I think that anything I might have to say would really just go without saying, and I don’t have the time ;)

  2. dan says:

    I mentioned to my wife how “involved” the baby looked during the diner scene! It was like the baby knew what was going on during the conversation. The same thing happened in a later episode when the husband was feeding the baby and Debbie came home; the baby was following the conversation. Good casting!

  3. Tee says:

    I loved the frowned look the baby gave during the home dinner scene, when he seems to slam down the celery stalk on his high chair’s table. Like he’s bummed that he has it, considering his mother just said “He doesn’t have teeth yet. We can’t feed him celery.”