Alison Brie chats about her Golden Globes nomination for her Netflix series GLOW and dishes on what it was like filming Steven Spielberg’s The Post with Meryl “f***ing” Streep.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced on Wednesday morning. Alison has been nominated for her work in GLOW for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series award. GLOW was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series. Congratulations to Alison and the GLOW cast and crew!
EW – On Wednesday, the SAG Awards announced their nominees for this year’s best performances in film and television, kicking the Oscar race into high gear.
Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash announced the nominations from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Wednesday morning. In the film categories, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri led with a total of four nominations, including Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson, as well as a nomination for best ensemble. Award season favorites like Lady Bird, Get Out, and The Shape of Water also picked up multiple nominations.
The SAG Awards also recognized rom-com favorite The Big Sick, which was surprisingly shut out of Monday’s Golden Globe nominations. Holly Hunter scored a best supporting actress nod, while the film was also nominated for best ensemble.
Historically, the SAG Awards are the awards show that best predict the eventual Oscar nominees — especially because SAG voters most closely overlap with Academy voters. There will always be some upsets, but as a general rule, SAG’s picks for actor, actress, supporting actor, and supporting actress are a good indication of who will eventually get nominated for an Academy Award. The award for best ensemble — SAG’s version of best picture — can also help a film gain Oscar buzz: Last year, four of SAG’s five best ensemble nominees all went on to score an Oscar nom for best picture.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW — Britt Baron, Alison Brie, Kimmy Gatewood, Betty Gilpin, Rebekka Johnson, Chris Lowell, Sunita Mani, Marc Maron, Kate Nash, Sydelle Noel, Marianna Palka, Gayle Rankin, Bashir Salahuddin, Rich Sommer, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn, Ellen Wong, Britney Young
Orange Is The New Black
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
The eventual winners will be revealed at the SAG Awards ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 21, on TNT and TBS.
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations have been announced! Alison has been nominated for her work in GLOW for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Alison’s other recent project, The Disaster Artist, was nominated Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Congratulations to Alison for her nomination! The Golden Globes will air on January 7, 2018 on NBC.
EW – Welcome to awards season: Monday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for this year’s 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, an event that annually honors the best in television and film.
In terms of network, HBO nabbed 12 nominations total, while Netflix followed with nine and FX with eight.
The Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, air Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
The Greatest Showman
NET-A-PORTER – A series about female wrestlers proved not just to be Alison Brie’s first starring role, but a life- and body-changing experience, too. The actress talks about working with her husband Dave Franco and finding her inner Glow with Jennifer Dickinson
A new job, a great one, can make you feel like a new person. For Alison Brie, her Golden Globe-nominated role in this summer’s surprise hit, Glow, made her look like one, too. The cult Netflix series tells the story of a group of women in the ’80s who sign up to become wrestlers, with 34-year-old Brie playing the engagingly imperfect Ruth. The actress really wanted to win the part. And even though her wide-eyed, lithe-framed, impossibly-glossy-haired brand of beauty had placed her on multiple ‘world’s most beautiful women’ lists – and this character required a helmet-like perm and borderline-steroid muscles – she didn’t hesitate. In fact, it made her desire it more.
“I’d really been wanting to do something where I looked totally different, because I felt like in all the roles I’d done in the past,” – including Trudy in Mad Men, Annie in Community, and Lucy, the online-dating expert in How to be Single – “I’d always looked the same. Nobody would ever let me cut my hair. Every job that I’d get, I’d be like, ‘Maybe she has a short, blond bob?’ And they’d say, ‘What? No! You’re gonna look how you look, that’s why we cast you to do the part.’”
But while a bad perm only involves a few hours and an assault on your nasal passages, a body that looks as though you spend a minimum of three hours a day in the testosterone-thick weights corner of the gym takes, well, three hours a day minimum in the gym. And making those physical changes turned out to be a psychological game changer for Brie, too.
“It’s not just, ‘Oh, we got in amazing shape for this show, so I feel great’,” says the actress, displaying the fruits of the very labour we are discussing in a pair of denim shorts and a ‘We should all be Mirandas’ T-shirt with the sleeves rolled back, showing both her love of Sex and the City’s most under-appreciated character and some very impressive triceps. “It was more about learning to use our bodies in this totally different way,” she explains. “It really changed the way I felt about my body. It felt so empowering and exciting, and it proved that we were capable of so much more than we expected. Glow is such a body-positive show; all of the women on it feel really comfortable in their bodies, and that is such a healthy thing to be surrounded by.”
The Glow workouts, says Brie, have flipped the script on the traditional, society-honed view of what women’s bodies should look like and what we should strive for ours to be. But the actress thinks that men can be just as hard on themselves, if not more so. “In my experience, it’s the men that I’ve worked with who have been much more obsessed with what they were eating and what sort of shape they were in, talking about that kind of stuff,” she says.
“On [our] show, if we’re talking about our bodies, it’s because we’re talking about a [wrestling] move that we’re learning, or workouts that we’re doing to prepare for a move.”
Take a look at Brie’s Instagram (@alisonbrie) and you’ll find – and start watching on repeat – video clips of her intense training sessions. We’re talking bear crawls, pull-ups, hauling three times her own bodyweight. When we meet, the actress has just begun filming season two and is working out like the professional athlete she portrays. “While you’re doing something really physical and it has to do with your body and being healthy, the goals are not necessarily about weight-loss, which is so important,” she says.
Even between seasons, pressure dissipated, Brie keeps up the pace. There is an unmistakable aura of the worker bee about her; a sense of someone who is not exactly driven to succeed, but who actually enjoys getting up each morning (before her alarm, no doubt) and getting stuck into a challenge. She is also to-the-core nice. Smiling, unpretentious, almost effervescent with contagious happiness vibes –perhaps a byproduct of all those exercise-induced endorphins.
Today’s meeting spot – chosen by her – is a stone’s throw from some of LA’s most popular hiking trails and within screeching distance of a group of five year olds and their particularly resilient piñata. Her husband, actor Dave Franco, was here with her until a few minutes ago and this is one of their regular haunts – getting outside, being on the move, is pretty much essential for this California native. Relaxing is not really in her repertoire. After months of pushing her body to its limits for Glow, she barely paused to recover: “I took a two-week ‘break’, just running and doing mellower workouts. I love to workout, so I try to [do it] six days a week: three or four days with my trainer, then cardio at weekends.”
As well as exercising, she used the show’s hiatus to film The Post (out Dec 22), Spielberg’s examination of the US battle between media and government. Co-starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, Brie clearly still can’t believe that she is part of such a team. “Shooting [it] was so exciting and insane, it was just like a dream,” says the actress. “It’s Steven Spielberg, it’s Meryl Streep, it’s Tom Hanks…it’s just super surreal. And it’s about this whole thing that couldn’t be more relevant right now.”
But neither The Post or Glow are what Brie is here to talk about, happy though she is to veer off course. This month sees the release of The Disaster Artist, an indie project directed, produced by and starring her brother-in-law James Franco, the first film on which he has teamed up with his younger sibling Dave. The unusual plot centers on the story the 2003 film The Room, otherwise known as ‘the worst film ever made’. Conceived and made by the eccentric Tommy Wiseau, who has a cameo in Franco’s movie, The Room became cult viewing because of its many plot holes and inconsistencies. It’s an unusual premise and it’s taken two years to finish, but the reviews are stellar.
Signing up was a no-brainer, says Brie. “It was a last-minute decision.
Maybe two weeks before they started filming they were like, ‘Oh, do you want to play Dave’s girlfriend?’ And I said, ‘Why not?’”
Brie and Franco met in 2012 and married earlier this year. “We spent the first few years of our relationship on opposite sides of the world, because I was shooting TV shows that were based here [in LA], and he was shooting movies that were in Berlin, London, places like that,” says the actress. “It was kind of great, because on my breaks I could travel the world, but it’s hard to be apart from your partner, so to shoot this with him and James was very special.” While film used to be Brie’s ultimate goal – “When I was small, I performed all the time for my parents and my neighbors, putting on costumes, creating characters and doing sketches, singing songs… I just probably always wanted attention and liked the feeling of entertaining” – it is the small screen and Glow’s Ruth that have finally fulfilled her.
“I was such a snob when I was in theater school; I never thought I would do TV,” she says. “[But] this job has completed me in so many ways. I don’t just feel proud of my work, I feel proud of the show and what it is – that it is representative of powerful women, women creating their own way and finding success for themselves. Maybe in my mind I had this dream of being a movie star, but as the dream has become realized, I’m like, ‘Oh, no, this is the dream.’ The first season of shooting was unlike anything that I’d experienced, it was like euphoria all the time. [The set] feels a little like an island of misfit toys, I think, which is an environment I’m comfortable in.”
Even challenges such as the show’s nudity and Brie’s first in-depth sex scene felt empowering rather than nerve-wracking, she insists.
“Very early on in auditioning it was a case of, ‘Don’t come to any more auditions unless you’re comfortable with nudity, because it is a part of the show.’ It was a deal-breaker, for sure. At that time, I just wanted to be on the show so much that I really didn’t care. It was important that the show be a realistic portrayal of life in the
way people live and the way they have sex. And also that our show be about every aspect of women’s bodies, and women not being ashamed of their bodies. We’re not being shot in a way that’s over-sexualizing us, or exploiting us. I found it very freeing and empowering, and I’m so glad that
I did it.”
Glow may have made Brie look different, but it’s changed her irrevocably on the inside, too. Here’s to jobs that do that for all of us. Though hopefully without the ’80s perm.
The Disaster Artist is out now
Alison is NYLON’s December/January digital cover! Check out the photoshoot and interview below.
The actress is ascending into true stardom
NYLON – Name a mediocre movie, like any mediocre movie, from the mid-’80s to early-’90s—Look Who’s Talking, Defending Your Life, Just One of the Guys, um, Look Who’s Talking Too—and Alison Brie has not only seen it, but can quote from it extensively, describe its most arcane plot details, and even sing—full voice, at the drop of a hat—its Cher-helmed end credits song.
Alison attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards (November 15).
Let Alison Brie—with an assist from her trainer, Jason Walsh—lead you on a deadlifting, bench-pressing, hip-thrusting journey of true transformation.
WOMEN’S HEALTH – Alison Brie doesn’t want to talk about shooting the second season of the Netflix “lady wrestler” hit, GLOW. Or the two Oscar-bait movies she’s in this month. Her wedding to actor Dave Franco (brother of James) earlier this year? Thanks, but she’ll pass. The 34-year-old would rather wax poetic about split squats. (Yeah, the brutal, one-legged kind.)
“I just did my heaviest ones ever—80 pounds,” she says, slipping her legs, still clad in black camo workout pants, under a weathered picnic table in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park. “Usually I peak at 50, but today we went up and I was like, ‘Oh my god!’ It was intense.”
Alison’s enthusiasm makes sense when she describes how her workouts of the past two years have had a ripple effect on her entire life. “I came out of it feeling like a totally different person. It changed everything.”
I’ve added photos of Alison attending the screening of The Disaster Artist during the 2017 AFI Fest in Hollywood, California (November 12).
Public Appearances > 2017 > November 12: “The Disaster Artist” Screening – After Party – AFI Fest 2017
Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.