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This is Debby Egan (Betty Gilpin), one of the misfit heroines of Netflix’s enormously appealing new series GLOW, cracking the code of how to carry herself as a professional wrestler.
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Seeking an acting gig that would test her limits physically, Alison Brie found all the power bombs and headlocks she ever dreamed of with GLOW.

The 1980s-set Netflix wrestling comedy (streaming Friday) brings together 14 women in various stages of career desperation to become the mainstays of a lean, mean pro-wrestling TV show, and the challenge mirrors the experience of Brie and her Spandex-clad castmates as they hopped in the ring and got ready to rumble.

“Before we knew each other’s last names, we were grabbing each other’s thighs and butts and rubbing our faces in each other’s armpits. It was definitely a crash course,” says GLOW co-star Betty Gilpin.

“It’s nice feeling like you know something about yourself that the world doesn’t quite know yet,” Brie adds about learning to be a pro wrestler. “You are aware of what you’re capable of, and it’s your secret.”

Based on the Reagan-era Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, GLOW centers on the group of misfits cast by has-been B-movie director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) that has to learn the ins and outs of flying elbows and body slams while juggling personal issues, dealing with financial obstacles and getting their in-ring characters ready for the girls’ big TV debut.

Ruth (Brie) is a stage-trained actress with no luck in Hollywood, while her best friend Debbie (Gilpin) struggles after leaving the role of soap-opera sex object behind for motherhood.

A bad decision creates a deep rift, but the frenemies figure out a new dynamic in the…