Here's a teaser for the true crime series about Gypsy Rose, who murdered her mother, Dee Dee
If you're fiending for a new true crime series to get into after Netflix's Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Hulu's got your back. On March 20, the streaming service is releasing an anthology drama series about the complicated relationship between Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother, Dee Dee. According to Hulu, the first season is about "a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother."
In 2015, Gypsy Rose was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of her mother. She allegedly concocted the plan with Nicholas Godejohn, a man around her age (23), whom she met online. Godejohn stabbed Dee Dee to death while she slept, and was convicted of first-degree murder last November. However, the case is not so simple, as Gypsy Rose claims she was a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Munchausen syndrome by proxy, or MSBP, is a mental health problem where a caregiver makes up or induces an illness in a person under their care, such as a child, an elderly adult, or a person who has a disability, in a bid for sympathy, attention or financial gain.
According to Dee Dee, her daughter suffered from leukemia, muscular dystrophy, sleep apnea, epilepsy asthma, hearing loss, chromosomal defects and had the mental capacity of a seven-year-old child. She shaved her daughter's head to resemble a sick kid, forced her to use a wheelchair when she was totally capable of walking, and subjected her to invasive surgical procedures, like asking doctors to implant a feeding tube.
Gyspy, now 27, began serving a ten year prison sentence in 2016. She was spared from getting a longer sentence due to her mother's history of abuse, and the fact that Godejohn carried out the murder.
In The Act, Dee Dee is played by Patricia Arquette (Boyhood, Medium), while Gypsy is played by Joey King (The Kissing, The Conjuring). This week Hulu released a forty-second teaser video, and it's pretty intense. "You are my angel," coos Dee Dee in the beginning, as she puts Gyspy to bed. "You will protect me and I will protect you." Then it ends with Dee Dee in court, facing the fatal question: "Did you kill your mom?"
Last October, King shared a video of herself getting her head shaved on Instagram. In the caption, she wrote, "My name for the next 4 months, is Gypsy Rose Blanchard. This story is very disturbing and I am honored to be able to portray it."
During a February interview with Teen Vogue, King expressed her desire to tell the story: "The story is so messed up and there are so many layers, and it's so, so heavy," said the 19-year-old actress. "I never want it to feel like we're making fun of the story or we're doing anything to romanticize it. It's nitty-gritty; it's really disturbing."