A true story turned into a must-see show


Rolling Stone

Joey King and Patricia Arquette bring a haunting tale of mother and daughter to life in new Hulu series "The Act."

On March 20, Hulu will release “The Act,” a new series starring Joey King as Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee Blanchard.

Featuring a young girl who, according to IMDB.com, “is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother,” the series documents Gypsy Rose’s quest for independence. This opens a “Pandora’s box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder.”

According to her mother, Gypsy Rose suffers from multiple illnesses, including leukemia, muscular dystrophy, asthma and an allergy to sugar.

Dee Dee not only shaves her daughter’s head but also forces Gypsy Rose to take pills she doesn’t need and eat through a feeding tube.

Gypsy Rose, confined to a wheelchair, is perceived as a very sick child. Her mother forced her into the wheelchair despite Gypsy Rose’s ability to walk perfectly fine.

When Gypsy starts chatting with a boy she meets online, they both figure out that everything her mother has said about her was a lie.

Dee Dee has Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP), a mental disorder in which a caregiver, in this case Gypsy’s mother, makes up or causes injury or illness to their child or elder to seek attention and sympathy from others.

Gypsy and her new boyfriend find a way to get her out, one which unfortunately ends in murder.

In real life, Gypsy and her boyfriend were found guilty of murder and Gypsy was sentenced to 10 years in prison for being an accessory to murder, while her boyfriend was sentenced to life for actually committing the murder. We will have to see what twist Hulu takes on the shocking story.