'The Act' Season 1 preview: Deedee Blanchard's caring mom mask slips and Patricia Arquette nails it

A new trailer of 'The Act' was released on Monday by Hulu and we see Deedee Blanchard's evil side in the trailer portrayed stunningly by Patricia Arquette


                            'The Act' Season 1 preview: Deedee Blanchard's caring mom mask slips and Patricia Arquette nails it

'The Act', a crime-anthology series based on the true story of DeeDee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Blanchard, is set to air on Hulu on March 20. The show will follow how a girl in a toxic relationship with her mother, who suffers from Munchausen By Proxy Syndrome, ends up seeking the help of her online boyfriend to escape from the clutches of the mentally-unstable and abusive mother. Patricia Arquette plays the role of DeeDee while her daughter Gypsy is played by 'Kissing Booth' star Joey King. 



 

In the recently released trailer of the show, which was shared on Hulu's official Twitter handle, we see Patricia nail it as the mother who manipulates her daughter into thinking that she suffers from multiple medical conditions including paralysis from waist down. The trailer also captures the moments when DeeDee's mask slips — it is just mere seconds, but they are crystal clear. There is no way we would not notice how creepy DeeDee's looks are, or how intrusive she is when it comes to her daughter's life.

Joey King will portray the role of Gypsy Blanchard in 'The Act'. (Source: Hulu)
Joey King will portray the role of Gypsy Blanchard in 'The Act'. (Source: Hulu)

The dialogues in the background are contrary. We hear DeeDee tell in a caring voice — "Everything I do, I do for her", but the look on her face when she receives a cheque to support her daughter is predatory. She makes her daughter do things that she doesn't want to, which includes lying to the doctors, child protection services representatives and even their neighbors. But when it comes to something that Gypsy does want, and in this case, it is a cupcake — she doesn't just stop her daughter but also loses her temper. 



 

The scene where DeeDee asks her daughter, "Do you love me?" will have to be one of the highlights of the show because we see Patricia do what she does best. We feel Gypsy fearing her mother, hesitating over her decisions and the things that she is asked of and all of that changes when she meets her "Prince Charming" on an online dating site. She starts to gain confidence, question her mother's intentions and as days pass, she begins to feel more trapped. Through it all, DeeDee watches over her daughter like a hawk, ready to swoop in at any instant if she senses trouble.



 

DeeDee cannot stomach the fact that her daughter now wants to rebel against her, or that she wants to meet men, like other girls. She instead tries emotional blackmail, repeats "Nobody can ever do what I do for you" enough times to make sure Gypsy feels guilty if she were to step a toe out of line. 

The frustration over being trapped, the excitement of finding love together leads to Gypsy committing a crime that shocked the country. This crime unraveled the lives of DeeDee and Gypsy as people knew them, to reveal the truth behind the facade. 



 

 

Catch 'The Act' on March 20 on Hulu.