Alison Brie Practices Her Wrestling Moves on Husband Dave Franco | Screen Tests

On 'Glow,' Alison Brie is a pro-wrestler, with the moves to show for it—and you can thank her husband, fellow actor Dave Franco, for the hours of practice Brie put in testing those out on him. Here, the actress talks about playing a female wrestler, her favorite Hallloween costume, and gives us a taste of her karaoke prowess.

Released on 7/26/2019

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Starring: Alison Brie

Transcript

00:00
Here's the thing about wrestling:
00:01
it requires the cooperation of your partner in the ring.
00:05
So season one, I would come home very excited
00:08
having just learned a new move,
00:10
and go to Dave, and try to do the move on him,
00:13
and he'd sort of fight back,
00:14
and then I would have to explain to him,
00:16
no, no, no, you have to kind of submit for the move to work,
00:19
and it just didn't go over well.
00:21
[Lynn laughing]
00:22
I was like, you don't understand it,
00:23
I have to do it with women.
00:24
[Lynn laughing]
00:31
I fought tooth and nail, and then GLOW came to me.
00:35
My agents called me and said it's about a women's wrestling
00:39
television show in the '80s, and I said I want that job.
00:44
However, I very quickly learned
00:46
that they didn't think I was right for the role.
00:49
I went in four times.
00:51
I wore a bodysuit and tight-fitting pants,
00:55
like workout pants, leggings.
00:56
So after numerous auditions,
00:58
I basically just wore them down.
01:01
Well my go-to karaoke song is Lady Marmalade,
01:05
the original, not the Pink version.
01:09
♪ Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ♪
01:11
[laughs] So timid.
01:12
I need the mic, I need the lights.
01:15
♪ Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? ♪
01:19
[laughing]
01:20
[Lynn] I think we have to applaud.
01:21
♪ Just sat in a boudoir ♪
01:22
Just kidding, no, I'm not gonna...
01:24
[laughing]
01:26
My first real kiss, like make-out kiss,
01:30
was along the banks of the Kern River in California.
01:34
I used to take camping trips up there
01:36
with a friend and her family.
01:39
We would always meet boys up there.
01:41
And I met this boy, don't remember his name,
01:45
I just remember us sitting on the sand next to the river
01:48
in an inner-tube, kind of sharing it,
01:51
and he had a cherry cough drop in his mouth,
01:54
so there was a bit of passing back and forth
01:56
of the cough drop, and like,
01:58
that's a bit of sense memory for me.
02:00
It was 1960, is when the first season takes place
02:03
of Mad Men, and I definitely went
02:05
to my audition in character.
02:07
I spent maybe two hours doing like, a side-sweep bee-hive
02:11
in my hair, and maybe bought a new dress for the audition
02:16
that had a bit of an a-line, and like, a little cowl neck,
02:19
and I felt really good about it.
02:20
And then I didn't hear back from them for two weeks.
02:23
I felt like it was destined to be my role,
02:26
and then I didn't hear back, and was devastated.
02:28
And then out of the blue, I got the call that I got the job.
02:32
The text chain would start going
02:34
maybe a month before Halloween,
02:36
and people would field ideas.
02:39
We've done synchronized swimmers, we've done ostriches,
02:43
but I think the best was when we attempted
02:45
to be California raisins, and one of my friends said,
02:48
oh, we'll wear black leotards,
02:50
and then we'll make the costumes with trash bags.
02:53
So as a raisin, I sort of envisioned us wearing
02:56
a big trash bag, and having it be poofy and wrinkled,
02:59
but my friend had cut the trash bags into tiny little vests
03:04
that wrapped around, so we were just in black leotards
03:07
with vests, and then we had different accoutrements,
03:10
you know, to be the California raisins,
03:11
like big sunglasses, or bulky tennis shoes,
03:14
or one person's in heels.
03:16
We had blow-up instruments, like a saxophone.
03:19
And at some point during that Halloween party...
03:22
Well, this feels off-color to say now,
03:24
but someone asked us if we were all different stages
03:26
of Michael Jackson in his career,
03:29
which I thought, how did you get that from this costume?
03:32
And now it seems very inappropriate.
03:34
We were raisins, and we spent most of the night
03:36
singing I Heard It through the Grapevine
03:38
so that people would know what we were.
03:40
A fun piece of trivia actually about this costume
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is that at that Halloween party,
03:45
this was years before my husband Dave and I met,
03:47
we realized that we had both been
03:49
at this same Halloween party, and then I found a video
03:53
on my computer of me and my friends
03:56
singing I Heard It through the Grapevine,
03:58
and in the back of the video, you can see Dave
04:00
and his friend dressed as Mario and Luigi.
04:03
It's pretty cute.
04:04
One of my crushes growing up was Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
04:08
because he was on Third Rock from the Sun,
04:11
and he had like, a long bob, and for some reason
04:13
I found that incredibly attractive.
04:15
[Lynn laughing]