At a screening this weekend for her new Netflix show GLOW at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, Alison Brie spoke about how the auditioning process for women is still as sexist as it was in the 1980s when the show takes place.
“Early in my career, I auditioned for three lines on an episode of Entourage that I had to go on in a bikini!” she told the audience, confirming that not much has changed. “Or like shorts and the tiniest shorts. And they were like, ‘Okay, can you take your top off now?’”
GLOW follows Brie as a struggling young actress who has trouble finding roles that are actually interesting for women. She ends up trying out for GLOW, the “Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling” show based on a real 1980s Los Angeles TV program, which proves to be an unconventional outlet for women who are tired of playing girlfriends and secretaries.
“I’ve gone through auditions for Marvel movies and auditioned a million times for roles with three lines and you are begging for them,” she said. “And I’d be glad to get them! It’s brutal, it just is.”