Teaser For The New Gypsy Rose And Dee Dee Blanchard Series Is Here
We’ve been on a bit of a true crime kick around here, and luckily for us, our favorite streaming networks are all too happy to feed our obsession. We binged both Fyre Festival documentaries, which convinced us people with too much money are … a problem. Then we watched Abducted in Plain Sight and still haven’t quite recovered, to be honest. We now know more about Ted Bundy than anyone should. But we can’t get enough! There’s something so fascinating about true crime stories. In recent years, one story in particular has captivated us and broken our hearts. In 2015, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was convicted of murdering her mother Dee Dee. But the reasons behind her actions are far more sinister than the crime she committed. And Hulu is bringing her story to the small screen, with a series dedicated to telling the true story behind the murder.
The Act, premiering on Hulu March 20, brings the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard to life. And we have your first look here.
In case you’re not familiar with the story and missed the fantastic HBO doc Mommy Dead & Dearest, let us recap for you. Gypsy Rose Blanchard spent years of her life in and out of hospitals with various illnesses. She was confined to a wheelchair and forced to undergo several medical procedures. Her mother Dee Dee told people Gypsy had, at various times, a litany of serious medical issues. According to Dee Dee, her daughter had leukemia, asthma, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, and chromosomal defects. Dee Dee told everyone Gypsy had the mental capacities of a 7-year-old. Gypsy’s head was shaved by her mom, presumably to make her appear genuinely ill.
Dee Dee reveled in the attention she received for being Gypsy’s devoted and loving caregiver. The pair were given money, gifts, and trips by fans and supporters all over the country. It was a devastating story, this poor girl who was battling so much. But it was all a scam. Gypsy wasn’t sick, not even a little bit. Her mother faked every single malady, and bilked people out of thousands and thousands of dollars. Dee Dee held her daughter captive for years, and one day, Gypsy finally snapped. She murdered her mother, who we now know was suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Gypsy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence.
The new Hulu show stars Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee. Joey King takes on the role of Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
It’s a truly heartbreaking story, and we hope that Hulu does it justice. But more than anything, we hope that Gypsy is getting the help she needs while she’s incarcerated. Can you imagine growing up like that? Being actively and regularly harmed by your own mother? For years, Gypsy believed that she was sick enough to be at death’s door. Even though she’s in prison, we imagine that she finally feels … free.