The show will be available in 4K HDR as well. When Kia Stevens saw the comedian John Oliver’s damning dissection, on “Last Week Tonight,” of professional wrestling’s often callous treatment of its stars, she broke down and cried. I think when she sees his face she feels shame, this real sense of, ‘Oh I did wrong.’, “To go from performing to please people to, ‘Oh my gosh I feel vulnerable and naked right now’ so quickly was my biggest challenge. I had to really weigh the consequences of that. We wanted to illustrate the profoundness and the extremeness of it — how far people had to go to be in the entertainment industry and how far they would go in exploiting their own people to get their foot in the door. “So I get the audition scenes just as my husband and I are headed for Aja Kong’s anniversary show and we put my performance to tape which involved some rapping in Tokyo Narita Airport and rolling around on my kitchen floor,” the former TNA champion recounted. The Netflix wrestling series GLOW has a fantastic cast of diverse individuals but when it comes to being a professional wrestler, there's only one person on the cast who fits the bill - Kia Stevens. But was it difficult for her to swap roles, going from a wrestler to a mentor? Kia Stevens, the wrestler-turned-actor, portrays a bizarro version of her own life in Netflix’s wrestling comedy series. Despite the danger, people keep wrestling. It is. has been providing all the latest news in the world of professional wrestling since 1998. But the health care system in professional wrestling outside of “All Elite Wrestling,” which provides health care for its wrestlers, is atrocious. Like you, Tammé also deals with back issues. Were there times shooting this season where you stopped and thought, “O.K., this is too real”? I was like, “I’ve got to send this man a basket of muffins because that was awesome.” [Laughs.]. Stevens, who plays Tammé Dawson, has spent nearly two decades as a pro wrestler herself, traveling the globe performing as her all-powerful character “Awesome Kong.” She understands the toll the industry takes on its performers: She had back surgery less than a year ago and, as a result of injuries sustained throughout her career, performs on a limited schedule with TNT’s “All Elite Wrestling.” (Stevens works primarily as a behind the scenes producer and coach.). Stevens had just finished filming Season 3 of “GLOW,” the Netflix dramedy that often highlights the dangers of being a pro wrestler and begins streaming Friday. “Plus, if all that happened in one night, what in the HELL do you have to look forward to? But along with filming a television show or movie comes along the dreaded hair and make-up process, which for some takes more hours than others. Netflix' wrestling series GLOW returns for season two on June 29 with 10, 30-minute, brand-new episodes. Maybe better known to fans as Awesome Kong in TNA and Kharma in WWE, Stevens plays the role of Tammé “The Welfare Queen” Dawson on GLOW, and at the end of last season, she came in to steal the GLOW crown from Liberty Belle. Kia was not involved and she was not contacted to be part of the history-making match. Stevens is also an actual professional wrestler. Asked if she felt she was overlooked, she replied in the negative. “A week before we started shooting [director] John Cameron Mitchell brought us in for meetings, and we talked about the relationship between her son and herself. Being that she had her son young, they kind of grew up together; he’s really the only man in her life, and they are best friends, as well as parent and child. It can atrophy your brain and make you manifest all kinds of abnormal emotional feelings and behavior. Her son witnesses what is a low that contradicts the conversation I’m sure they’ve had about minstrel characters and black pride and how to hold yourself with that pride and how to deal with the double consciousness that all black people have in America. I’m dead serious — I was having full-on conversations with myself in 7-Eleven. “This season you’ll see Tammé struggle to find a balance with the success of the show, the responsibility she bears of portraying any image as an African American and getting the most out of the whole situation while she can. This season also touches on the idea of isolation and how people who travel for work handle being away from home so much. The latest season of “GLOW” digs even deeper than previous seasons into the physical and emotional hazards that accompany the wrestling world, as its characters navigate everything from career-threatening injuries to living an abnormal lifestyle isolated from friends and family inside a sprawling Las Vegas hotel. Professional wrestler Kia Stevens turned heads in the first season of Netflix’s 1980s-set comedy “GLOW” as Tammé Dawson, a mother by day and champion in the ring at night. Therefore, we must wrestle multiple times for each camera angle and manage to stay warmed up between camera set-ups and light changes,” Kia says. “He’s speaking my truth,” the 41-year-old wrestler-turned-actor remembers thinking, as the she listened to Oliver criticize the billion-dollar industry in the March segment. [In the episode “Freaky Tuesday”], during the montage where I’m sliding into the ring and have to pretend like my back doesn’t hurt — I’m like, “This is so freaking familiar.” In wrestling, you’re always putting on this front like, “No, I’m fine. If you’ve ever seen the scene in Mommy Dearest where Joan Crawford is going over her audition for Mildred Pierce with her housekeeper, then you’ve got the idea!”. She’s a hardworking woman — she’s the polar opposite of what she’s portraying on screen — so if this is how she’s going to break into the business, she’s going to commit to that and she’s going to take it to the stratosphere. That sense of approval and validation has a lot to do with why people don’t quit. During a recent interview, Stevens spoke about the taxing life of a professional wrestler and the moments from this season that ended up feeling all too true-to-life. Some wrestlers would totally give it up if they could afford to — they wouldn’t sacrifice their bodies anymore. “It got a little tense. A kick to the shins maybe? 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