Some parents love to take credit for their children’s accomplishments even when they have nothing to do with it. “Glow” star Betty Gilpin knows that she would not have met her husband if it were not for her parents.
Born in July 1986, Betty Gilpin always knew she would be an entertainer. She grew up with New York actors Jack Gilpin and Ann McDonough and spent much of her childhood de ella watching them perform.
Jack and Ann mainly worked in Off-Broadway theaters in New York and regional theaters in the Northeast. Although Betty’s parents loved her acting, they did n’t want her to follow her in their footsteps.
UNUSUAL FILM DEBUT
Betty Gilpin’s parents told her she needed to go to college before becoming an actress. They allowed her to major in theater, but she had to take science, math, and history lessons.
The actress went to Fordham University and graduated in 2008. However, she began working on plays during her college years. Ironically, Betty’s parents are the reason why she got her first role in a film.
Jack and Ann went to New York City to participate in an audition for “Northern Kingdom.” They told Betty there was a part for a 19-year-old woman and urged her to give it a try. Betty added:
“I just came with them and put my name on the sign-in sheet, which I would never have the confidence to do—it’s the confidence of a stoner.”
Fortunately, she booked the part, and her parents were excited for her. Betty admitted that “Northern Kingdom” was crucial in her future because she got an agent and met her now-husband, Cosmo Pfeil.
MEETING BETTY GILPIN’S HUSBAND
Betty Gilpin and Cosmo Pfeil played siblings in “Northern Kingdom,” and although they prefer to keep the details of their relationship away from the spotlight, it’s fair to say they hit it off right away.
Pfeil was born in December 1977 in Vermont. Apart from “Northern Kingdom,” he also worked in “Shotgun Stories,” “The Good Wife,” and “Person of Interest.”
His last acting credit dates back to 2013, but he served as the First Assistant Director in 2015’s “Providence.” Pfeil eventually retired from acting and began working at a nonprofit.
“GLOW” AND OTHER PROJECTS
Gilpin and Pfeil tied the knot in 2016, one month before she began filming “American Gods.” Shortly after, she was cast as Debbie Eagan in Netflix’s “GLOW.”
The actress confessed that having Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch as writers and producers gave her enough confidence to be part of the show because she knew it would be a narrative-driven story instead of an excuse to show “butts.”
Gilpin also discussed with Flahive and Mensch how difficult it was to book roles and be typecast, so she reminded them she liked playing complex characters instead of people who got it all together.
In May 2021, Gilpin made headlines again after being cast in “Gaslit,” the TV series about the Watergate scandal and the untold stories of forgotten characters.
Betty Gilpin’s character, Maureen “Mo” Kane Dean, is the wife of John Dean (Dan Stevens). Julia Roberts plays Martha Mitchell, the wife of Richard Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell (Sean Penn). Gilpin’s career is on a steady rise.