'The Act' star Ashley Dulaney reveals how Joey King and Patricia Arquette mesmerized her on the sets of the show
Actor Ashley Dulaney plays the role of a journalist in the Hulu show 'The Act'. The show, based on the real-life story of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Blanchard, stars Patricia Arquette and Joey King in lead roles respectively. Ashley portrays a journalist investigating the relationship of the mother and daughter, as well as what leads to Dee Dee’s death, which is set in the present. Right now, the show is featuring a flashback that reveals the truth about the relationship between Dee Dee and Gypsy before the murder. In this exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Ashely reveals what it was like to play a character in a series such as 'The Act' and how it is working with Patricia and Joey.
Ashley revealed that she knew about the case much before the audition for her role took place. She said, "I knew about the case long before the audition came my way. I was so fascinated by the documentary, and when the audition came, I jumped at the chance to get to be part of telling this story." She also added that this was the first time that she was a part of a series which depicted a true story. She said, "The biggest thing for me was just looking at anything and everything I could get my hands on dealing with interviews, from the characters to when they really came on to the scene and then all the way through the trial and up to the conviction."
Speaking of working with Patricia and Joey, Ashley said that it was by far one of the coolest things for her. "Joey and Patricia both just totally embodied these roles in every single way, so sitting across from them in my first scene was completely mesmerizing! Everything they did down to side glances and the way they used their hands was so captivating to me. Not to mention they were just insanely kind and gracious people - honestly a dream team," she said and added that the most memorable thing was to be on the sets, "I would have to say just getting to be on set throughout the whole process, from the first few days of filming, all the way up to the final days. The excitement from everyone on set was so genuine and I’m so excited for everyone to see the journey the cast and crew took during the filming process because it’s really been a labor of love for everyone involved."
As an actor, Ashley says that she is grateful for every step that she takes. She explained, "I honestly just feel really lucky on my journey so far (as an actor). I have had so many amazing people in my life guiding me and pushing for me. It truly makes a world of a difference! There are a few people that have just really had my back in a big way and that not only has helped shape who I am as an actor but also into the person I’ve become. I love this journey and the people coming into your life that help shape it and bring you to a new part of it."
After 'The Act' Ashley is the most excited about 'The Fash Life', which is described as 'a new hybrid sketch-blogger talk show featuring real-life influencers discussing all things fashion, food, beauty, mom life and more' with a comedic twist. About this Ashley said, "This is by far one of my favorite characters I’ve gotten my hands on and really had the chance to mold and change over time. Being able to help structure how this show is going to look and to be given total control to play with a character really is amazing!"