Marc Maron Interview: ‘GLOW’
“Living in the 80’s for a few months every day doing something I always find amazing is a pretty good way to go to work,” explains Marc Maron about starring in “GLOW” Watch our exclusive video interview above where he adds, “Also I get to wear black cowboy boots and bell-bottoms. That I could do now, but am a bit old for it.”
“GLOW” is a series about a struggling actress named Ruth (Alison Brie) who joins a group of aspiring women wrestlers about to start a TV promotion called ‘Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling’ (or ‘GLOW’). Maron plays Sam Sylvia, a failed filmmaker who is tasked with directing ‘GLOW.’ Maron says that “coming into this show, I always thought it was theirs. It’s the women’s show. Whatever I represent on the show is a foil to that. And a way for them to work against me. They see me for what I am.”
He says that Sam is “slightly delusional, but you’ll see in season two he is able to show up for people. That’s kind of a surprise. As we peel back the layers of Sam there’s a pretty decent guy in there. He just can’t really accept that. He doesn’t know how to be in the world without being somewhat of a dick. It’s naturally funny to have a slightly delusional guy who thinks he’s more important than he is. I think it’s also funny that he knows nothing about what he’s doing. He has no real sense about how wrestling is suppose to work. He brings a wad of filmmaking baggage and slightly pretentious ideas about himself to the table.”
For four seasons Maron played a fictionalized version of himself in the show he created, “Maron.” Working on “GLOW,” a difference he noticed was “the feeling of community that happens. You have a very eclectic set. And a very diverse set on all levels. And just watching these women grow and work with this unity was all very moving. I really relished not having the responsibility that I had on my show. Just being an actor. Having to be there for the people you are in a scene with. Being able to make changes and take notes. That’s life changing: to be vulnerable and open and well supported. And to not be self important or feeling alone on a set. It’s pretty great.”
Maron reflects that his favorite scenes are the ones that Sam shares with Ruth. “I like the dynamic between me and Alison. It’s sort of this love-hate thing. I think it evolves into a begrudging working relationship. But it’s slightly abusive emotionally. You’ll see in the second season that relationship has a bit more give to it. There’s a lot of times in the scenes with Ruth I can feel myself holding back emotions as Marc. Then I realize that’s sort of Sam too. He’s an insecure guy. Any of those scenes where I’m being cruel or mean to Ruth comes from a painful place. Those are always interesting because I feel them.”
He says that in playing Sam “there are moments where it gets pretty intense. In the second season there will be some real emotionally brutal and aggressive scenes. They come from a deeply insecure place that Sam goes. They are painful to watch and painful to do. It sees the effect of how emotionally horrible men behaved in the workplace back then.” The full second season debuts June 29 on Netflix.