If you aren’t familiar with the true story of Gypsy Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee, buckle up for a wild ride. Hulu’s new limited series, The Act, focuses on the twisted true story, with Patricia Arquette playing Dee Dee, and Joey King playing her daughter who seems to be suffering from a host of mysterious illnesses. Forced into a wheelchair and infantilized to make her seem younger, Gypsy is best friends with her mother on whom she depends entirely. But as she starts growing up, she has questions about whether or not she’s really sick, and why she has to live such a sheltered life, and Dee Dee’s lies begin to unravel. Those questions lead to revelations and resentments that ultimately end in murder.
The Act is not a typical story in almost any way, and Arquette is again masterful at playing a sneaky and selfish woman who is only interested in her own happiness at any cost (she played the same kind of character in Showtime’s underrated Escape at Dannemora). King also absolutely nails the look and cadence of Gypsy Rose, who learns that her whole life is a lie. Chloe Sevigny also stars as a neighbor who almost immediately starts to recognize that something is wrong.
Check out the trailer below; the first two episodes of The Act premiere Wednesday, March 20th on Hulu, with the 6 subsequent episodes streaming weekly:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Act:
The Act is a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. Season One follows Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King), a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora’s box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder. The series stars Patricia Arquette (Dee Dee Blanchard), Joey King (Gypsy Blanchard), Chloë Sevigny (Mel), AnnaSophia Robb (Lacey) and Calum Worthy (Nick). Nick Antosca and Michelle Dean co-created the series based on Dean’s original Buzzfeed article and serve as executive producers alongside Greg Shephard and Britton Rizzio. The Act is produced by Universal Content Productions.