Joey King Discusses Portrayal of Gypsy-Rose Blanchard in “The Act” at“ ”Disney FYC Event with“ ”Patricia Arquette

During a Disney FYC Event, the actresses reflected on King's performance in the 2019 Hulu series about Gypsy-Rose Blanchard

<p>Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup for Disney Television Studios/Shutterstock </p> Joey King (L) and Patricia Arquette.

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Joey King (L) and Patricia Arquette.

The Act continues to play a relevant role in Joey King and Patricia Arquette's lives.

The actresses starred as Gypsy-Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee Blanchard, respectively, on the 2019 Hulu true crime anthology series, and reflected on the King's role playing Gypsy-Rose, 32, who has since been released from prison.

On Saturday, June 1, King, 24, and Arquette, 56, spoke about The Act and We Were the Lucky Ones, during Powerhouse Performances: An Evening with Joey King & Riley Keough as part of Disney FYC Fest at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.

"I'm very happy to be here tonight. And I'm going to bring out an actress who I have an incredible amount of respect for. I worked with her on a show called The Act. And she's one of the most talented and generous actors that anyone could ever hope to work for," Arquette said as she introduced King to the audience.

The two actresses had a wide-ranging conversation, in which they discussed King's role portraying a Jewish woman, Halina Kurc, whose family seeks refuge during the Holocaust in TV series, We Were the Lucky Ones, adapted from Georgia Hunter's book of the same name, which is based on the real-life experiences of the writer's own family.

As well as the two discussing difficult scenes King filmed for We Were the Lucky Ones, the effect of working on such a powerful show and King's experience of her losing weight and changing her hair color for the role, Arquette commented on actors taking on roles in pieces based on historical events and people.

<p>Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup for Disney Television Studios/Shutterstock </p> Joey King attends the Hulu "Powerhouse Performances" FYC panel at the Directors Guild of America on June 1, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Joey King attends the Hulu "Powerhouse Performances" FYC panel at the Directors Guild of America on June 1, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

"I think when your heart is in the right place, and you care about the material, and you want to honor the material, you have to open your heart in a way to this collective experience. That is like one of the awful things of humanity, you know, that man does to men, and I think that's why historical things I think are very intense," she said, before asking King about her experience of playing Gypsy-Rose.

"I know in The Act, you played Gypsy-Rose, and... now she's out of jail. But this is also based on a real person. And does it feel different when you're acting? Like, somebody who actually... existed?"

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"Yeah, it does," King responded, adding, that Arquette's comments were the "perfect description" of "what I mean when I say that the least we can do as actors is feel overwhelmed by the emotion that we are given in a scene. That's the least we can do. When playing someone who went through something so horrible. It's a real person.

"Halina Kurc is a real human being who lives through this and I met her children, I hugged her children. It’s a different kind of responsibility. It's also different than when I did The Act with you," she told Arquette.

"Gypsy is a person who is alive, and people can see her and hear her and experience her in the world. And there's a responsibility to that in a different way. Because it's like, 'Oh, some people can draw direct comparison to... what I did," she said, referring to her portrayal.

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"This is so different," she explained of We Were The Lucky Ones, adding, "because Halina is not alive anymore. But her story is so you know, hopeful and devastating, heartbreaking. And, there's just so much joy in it as well, in certain parts. I just felt a real, not pressure, but... undertaking to do this justice to make her family proud. I think we all felt that way. Every single one of us in the cast was like, we just want to make this beautiful family proud."

Later in the conversation, King mentioned her husband, Steven Piet,  — whom she married in 2023  — prompting Arquette to ask if she was "still a newlywed?"

"I don't know. I’ve been married for nine months now," she said, adding after Arquette confirmed she did indeed still have newlywed status: "I’m still a newlywed. But I have silver jewelry on today so I left my wedding ring at home because it didn't go with my outfit. But I'm still married."

<p>Brownie Harris/Hulu</p> Joey King as Gypsy-Rose Blanchard in 'The Act'

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Joey King as Gypsy-Rose Blanchard in 'The Act'

Arquette was moderating a discussion with King about her new series, We Were The Lucky Ones — which was followed by a conversation between Riley Keough and Jena Malone about Under the Bridge — and the duo's time working together several years ago came up in conversation.

Following Gypsy-Rose's release from prison in December 2023, King said that she had been in touch with the Munchausen by proxy syndrome victim.

"Gypsy sent me a message recently. We didn't have any contact when we were filming the show, but since she's been released, she reached out, and we had a quick little exchange, which was really nice," King said on an April episode of Armchair Expert.

The actress, who earned an Emmy for her portrayal of Gypsy-Rose, said that making that series "was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had" as she called it "an exciting piece of material."

"But also [it's] someone's real life. There's a big responsibility there. It's not like a biopic, and the person's not alive anymore."

King continued, "It's also so different from obviously who I am. I don't sound like that at all. Of course. And I don't really move like that. I really enjoyed the idea of like stripping away any kind of vanity that I have on a lot of other sets. Getting to be so challenged with a character. It was a great experience. And having that real person exist, too, was scary. But it was also like, okay, I really wanna do it right."

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Following Gypsy-Rose's release, Arquette told PEOPLE that she's "been through a lot" as she expressed her hopes for her as she returned to her life.

"I hope it's not too much. And I hope people are gentle on her, and I hope she enjoys her freedom. No child should ever go through that," Arquette said. "I hope she has a beautiful life."

The Act is now streaming on Hulu.

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