While their onscreen personas were larger-than-life, many of
the women were wannabe or struggling actresses. Similar to Ruth’s story on the Netflix
series, they turned to GLOW in order to get a glimpse of fame and notoriety. “I
always wanted to be an actress. I love being in front of an audience,” Hayden
For several members of the cast, moving to Las Vegas to join
an all-women’s wrestling league simply seemed like a fun way to spend their
formative years. Others saw GLOW as an opportunity to get themselves noticed
and use the series to showcase their abilities as performers. Appearing on the
series required wrestling, acting in comedy sketches, singing in music videos
and staying in character for long stretches of time -- sometimes all within a
single episode. “You have to be a very good actress. You have to be a hard
worker and a team player. You have to be very athletic,” Hayden explained.
“It's given me a license to be a rock star,” said O’Hara,
who joined GLOW to support her music career. But in addition to being a “rock
star,” she also forged a second career as a stuntwoman. “I have just been able
to use my talents to their fullest.”
She wasn’t the only one looking beyond the ring. “I’m taking
commercial classes right now. Hopefully that will be in the future,” said Helena
LaCount (Daisy), who went on to appear on the sci-fi series Hard Time on Planet Earth.
And those who didn’t leave the ring -- including Lisa Mary
Moretti (Tina Ferrari) and Olympia Hartauer (Corporal Kelly) -- eventually
continued on at the WWE, furthering their fame as professional wrestlers.