Alison Brie: ‘Being married made me feel more free’

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Alison Brie and Dave Franco surprised a lot of people, myself included, when they announced they were married back in March. The couple are starring together in the upcoming movie The Disaster Artist. At the AFI Fest screening of the movie in Los Angeles on Sunday, Alison gave PEOPLE an update on married life, asserting that “Something about being married made me feel so settled, almost more free, I guess, rather than like trapped.” The 34-year-old actress went on to add, “It’s great. So now, let’s go do whatever we want. Onward and upward.”

The Disaster Artist, if you haven’t heard yet, is about the making of one of the worst films of all time, The Room. Dave’s brother James, who directed the film, plays Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director/producer of the 2003 stinker, which has become a cult classic. Dave plays Wiseau’s friend Greg Sestero, whose 2013 memoir serves as the basis of the script for the movie, which is set to hit theaters on December 1. I, for one, cannot wait. And, side note, Alison plays Greg’s girlfriend, Amber, naturally.

During a red carpet interview with the Los Angeles Times, Alison joked about parallels between herself and Wiseau, as far as turning perceived failures into successes, saying, “I would say every job I’ve ever not gotten is an example of that. You look back at jobs that you lost sleep over [not getting] and shed tears over, and you realize if you got that, you wouldn’t have gotten something else that changed your life.”

I don’t know if she’d consider it a “life changing” role, but Alison had only positive things to say about her role on Netflix’s love letter to 80s ladies’ wrestling, GLOW. She told PEOPLE that being on the show “was such a body-positive experience and everything in general. I think I had a lot of confidence coming out of that.”

Speaking of GLOW, Alison recently posted some images to Instagram in anticipation of the show’s second season. In the first, she posted a photo of with co-star Betty Gilpin as their alter egos Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan and Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder. She captioned the image “We’re back… #glownetflix #season2.”

We're back… #glownetflix #season2

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Alison posted another snap with Betty, sporting almost identical hairdos, joking “On a long enough timeline everyone becomes a Zoya.
#workinprogress #hairandmakeuptrailer#bettygilpin #glownetflix#zoyathedestroya #libertybelle.”

Alison’s GLOW bob has been generating some social media buzz as many fans think she’s channeling another Netflix series favorite, Millie Bobby Brown’s character Eleven from Stranger Things. After Alison posted a shot of her curly 80s do’ to Instagram, fans noticed the resemblance. One fan cracked, “Remember eleven from that show? Feel old yet.” Another fan simply noted, “You look like a grown up eleven.”

Goodnight, and good luck. #glownetflix

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I not only see the resemblance, I think Alison rocks the bob. I’ve always been a fan (and I LOVE GLOW), so I’m glad she is enjoying married life. And is it December 1st yet?

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Premiere of Netflix's Series 'GLOW'

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  1. Susanne says:

    I love glow, and brie has this amazing ability to transform her appearance through her acting. Good acting, I suppose. So talented.

    • susiecue says:

      I was about to post a similar comment. She’s such a chameleon, looks different every time I see her! I’m a big fan. She seems to have a great sense of humor offscreen and she’s great in everything I’ve seen her in. Also gorgeous AF

  2. Erinn says:

    Loved Glow. I also have always had a soft spot for baby Franco.

    I have a love hate relationship with the Room. It’s such a crap fest, but it can be pretty amusing anyway – mainly in how absolutely awful it is. Note to anyone who didn’t know but might care – Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sistero have another movie coming out – Best F(r)iends. It looks like it’s going to be just as weird and insane as anything else Wiseau has touched. I’ve also been able to sit through a few “The Tommy Wi-Show” which was… a whole different level of strange.

    The strangest thing is that nobody really knows anything about Tommy. They assume there might have been some name changes along the line – but nobody understands where he’s gotten his money, or where he’s from, or anything like that. He’s a complete mystery.

    • HelloSunshine says:

      It’s really crazy how little information there actually is about Tommy Wiseau! Like you said, no one knows where he’s actually from or where he gets the funding for anything he does. I really want to know though lol

      I’m really excited for the movie! My husband and I love the Room and how ridiculous it is. If you want a taste of the craziness Wiseau creates in TV format, try to find his show The Neighbors. It’s.. it’s a train wreck but worth a watch hahah

      • Sarah B says:

        Or that accent! He tried to explain it off once and it just confused everyone even more.

      • Norman Bates' Mother says:

        For Polish people like me, it’s obvious where he’s from 😉 I knew it the first time I watched The Room, because of his accent, the way he called scotch “szkocka” and said “cip, cip, cip” while pretending to be a chicken, which is Polish for cluck, cluck, cluck. To further confirm it, I read an article from a guy who was obsessed to find out about Tommy’s roots and found his family in Poznań, Poland and found out his real name is Tomasz Wieczór (Wieczór is Polish for Evening).

    • tealily says:

      Ahh, I can’t wait!

      • HelloSunshine says:

        @Norman Bates: You are awesome! Excuse while I fall down the rabbit hole of finding more info cause I’m a weirdo 😉

  3. David says:

    Fun show.

  4. Patricia says:

    Oh my goodness she just keeps getting more lovely.
    I agree with her in marriage, I felt the same exact way. Good for her!

  5. Lala says:

    Allison has the same type of energy on film as Holly Hunter to me…that “spark”…that is electrifying!!! She has become one of my faves!!!!

    • lucy2 says:

      Excellent comparison, I see it too. I’ve liked her in everything I’ve seen her in too, she’s an interesting actress. GLOW was even better than I expected.

  6. megs283 says:

    WOW. Her hair in the top pic is amazing. She’s practically unrecognizable!

  7. InVain says:

    I. cannot. wait. for. this. movie. I remember when they announced they were making it and I was so happy. Yes, I’m that person who goes to screenings of The Room with a football and plastic spoons. I truly hope it does not disappoint, I’ve never been more excited to see something opening weekend (mostly because I’m not much of a movie theater person). Scotchka anyone?

  8. Feedmechips says:

    I’m so excited for GLOW. I literally sat on my couch and watched the entire first season all in one sitting.

  9. Ira says:

    What??? I dont know they’re married. I thought Alison are married to the guy from HBO series, Vinnyl?

  10. Electric Tuba says:

    Ahhh yes, young lovers, but getting divorced is even more freeing and delicious. You’ll see. Lol

  11. Heat says:

    The Disaster Artist doesn’t disappoint. It’s HILARIOUS, and one of my favourite movies this year. I saw it at Midnight Madness at TIFF, and it is probably the most engaged crowd I’ve ever seen a movie with. The whole cast was there plus Tommy and Greg so it was pretty epic.

  12. tealily says:

    Shout out for Betty Gilpin! Haaaaayyyyy!!

  13. Betsy says:

    That hair is awful but I assume it’s for Glow?

  14. a reader says:

    I have been a fan of Alison since Mad Men and Community…. and I absolutely ADORE GLOW!!! Finally finished it this past week and I wished there were more episodes. I’m THRILLED to learn they got a second season.

  15. Tiffany says:

    I get the bang thing now Kaiser.

    Oh Alison, no.

  16. RedWeatherTiger says:

    “Hell’s bells, Trudy!”

    I love Alison Brie. I must watch these other shows she’s on…I only know her from Mad Men, where she was underused.

  17. Veronica says:

    I don’t know much about her husband, but she is excellent on “Glow.” They did a remarkable job of making her unrecognizable.

  18. Newyorking says:

    Looks like she got a nose and lip job. Looks fake. I love her and she is pretty, didn’t need to mess with her face.