'The Act' Hulu True Story

'The Act' On Hulu Is Your Next True Crime Binge

Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard are getting the Hollywood treatment in an unsettling coming-of-age story that is all based on real events.

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The true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard is one that is bone-chilling and unsettling, making it a story that could be easily adapted into a television series. This is exactly what Hulu has done with their new original series "The Act". Only four episodes are available for streaming right now, but it's a show I anticipate watching every Wednesday when new episodes come out. The story follows Gypsy Rose Blanchard, a very sick girl with many diseases and physical dysfunctions, who is taken care of by her single mother, Dee Dee. It sounds like a heartwarming tale from the surface, but there are many more layers to this story. The main shocker being that Gypsy Rose is completely healthy and is only convinced of her various diseases by her mother. From here the television series follows Gypsy as she is learning more about herself physically, mentally, and sexually while also discovering the fraud her mother has created by using the false illnesses she perpetrates on her. The result of all of this results in the ultimate murder of Dee Dee, but with this, there is so much going on with these characters that you can't help but sympathize with all of them at one point or another.

Since this is based on a true story and Gypsy Rose Blanchard is still living, although incarcerated, it was important for this show not to romanticize anything and to show what was truly at stake. So far Hulu has done a fantastic job at making sure Gypsy and Dee Dee are as realistic as possible. The show presents both of them as flawed humans to garner sympathy while also showing the viewers that the psychology of these people would be very hard to fix and the tragic ending was almost inevitable. You feel sympathy for Gypsy at times while hating Dee Dee and vice-versa. The portrayals of both people make the actresses behind them almost undetectable. Joey King from Netflix's "The Kissing Booth" has undergone an insane transformation in order to portray Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Patricia Arquette's performance as Dee Dee Blanchard further proves her abilities as a Golden Globe-winning actress.

In a way, Gypsy's journey is a coming of age story. She is unsure of her age but she is feeling changes in herself and what she wants for her future. She is disillusioned by her mother, but also the media's obsession with finding a partner. Her ideas of romance and intense desires cause some questionable decisions to be made and some high stakes to be created. She truly feels trapped in her body and in her home. Although it is deemed wrong to sympathize with murderers and criminals, in this case, it's nearly impossible to not feel bad for Gypsy. The Hulu show is not romanticizing a criminal, but truly showing what was at stake and the abuse that was being perpetrated onto Gypsy. I am so excited to continue watching this show not only for its True Crime story but also the psychological aspects. Make sure to check out "The Act" on Hulu and follow along with the crazy true story.


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My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

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You don't have to search very hard for the good stuff!

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During my recent travels, my flight got delayed over an hour, giving me a lot of free time to wander around the airport. During my adventure, I was surprised by how many healthy snack options there are available! Of course, there are also a lot of unhealthier options, too. But, you don't have to search very hard for the healthy ones! Below is a list of some of the healthy options I found in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Dallas, Texas airports!

1. Fresh fruit

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Most stands have bananas, apples, and oranges. Many also have fruit cups (also veggies) in the refrigerated sections!

2. Dried fruit and fruit strips

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You can never get enough fruit!

3. Protein/energy/nutrition bars

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Luna, Clif, PowerCrunch, Lara, Nugo, Health Warrior, and more! Most of these bars use relatively natural ingredients!

4. Nuts and trail mix

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5. Vegetable chips

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7. Organic Cookies

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Oatmega and RXBARs are full of natural ingredients and super yummy!

9. Instant oatmeal cups

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10. Organic granola

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Purely Elizabeth granola is completely natural and delicious! It is great on its own OR mixed with yogurt (which can also be purchased in the airport).

11. Organic nut butters

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12. Greek yogurt

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Greek yogurt is always a great snack option! It has protein and healthy bacteria to support gut health! It goes great paired with fruit, granola, oatmeal, nuts, and nut butters (also available in the airport)

13. Bobo's Bars

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Bobo's Bars are super yummy. Again, they are made with wholesome, natural ingredients - which I LOVE!

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