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In order to film GLOW, Netflix's hit about a real-life female wrestling program from the '80s, a lot of the cast went through some spectacular makeovers to ensure their characters truly looked like they belonged in the decade of Aqua Net and legwarmers. For Gayle Rankin, however, her transformation into Sheila the She Wolf was a little bit more extreme. In GLOW, the Meyerowitz Stories actress, who has also starred in Broadway's Cabaret and is currently in the Public Theater's production of Hamlet, rocks a wild black wig, out-of-control smoky-eye makeup, and yellowed teeth to express her inner wolf. In real life, though? Gayle looks a whole lot different.
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Without Sheila's wig, the 27-year-old classically trained Scottish star has short, white-blond hair (and significantly less eye makeup). We get a glimpse of the actress underneath the costume briefly in one of the show's later episodes, when Sheila opens up to her new roommate, Ruth (Alison Brie), about suffering from "species dysmorphia" (she believes she actually is a wolf). Sheila is by far one of the show's most interesting characters, and we have our fingers crossed that it gets the green light for season two so we can see more of her (with or without the wig, we're fine with either).
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