'GLOW' actresses on women's vs. men's wrestling: 'The biggest difference is breasts'

Kelly Lawler

BEVERLY HILLS, California – The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling don't need to be compared to men. 

The cast and creators of Netflix's "GLOW" turned out to promote their newly released second season (and recent Emmy nominations) at the summer Television Critics Association press tour Sunday. And although there were fewer sequins than on the 1980s-set show, the wrestling talk was just as serious. 

When asked about the big differences between women's and men's wrestling, the actresses wanted to make clear that they're doing just as many difficult moves. 

Alison Brie  of 'GLOW' speaks onstage during Netflix TCA 2018.

"Probably the biggest difference is breasts," said Alison Brie, who plays Ruth. She added that the biggest limitation for "GLOW" was not gender, but the time period. "There are more moves today than when women were doing the show in the 80s."

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Kia Stevens, who plays Tamme but is also a professional wrestler who performs under the name Awesome Kong, had some insight into the challenges in the real world of wrestling. 

"Being a woman wrestler, you have to shine in a shorter period," she said. "You have to make a point faster, because (to) the promoter ...  you’re the 'popcorn match.' Maybe you’ll get two minutes and the men will get five," she added. "Women have to endure so much more to make it."

Stevens also talked about a big Season 2 episode which confronted the racial stereotypes prevalent in wrestling. Her character plays a character known as "Welfare Queen," which initially upsets her son. 

Kia Stevens as Tamme in "GLOW."

"What (Tamme) went through parallels what I went through in wrestling," she said of her own adopted Amazing Kong identity. "There were days when I was worried about how my family would react." 

Inevitably, Stevens' family was "extremely supportive. There was that moment of ‘Oh God, what do you think of me doing this?’ but we worked through it."

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Now, she wants to make sure young women entering the wrestling world don't have to embrace racial stereotypes or give up their careers. 

"People respect Kong," she said. "And I’m in a position in entertainment to make sure that girls like me don’t have to make that decision. If you want to be a Kong, be a Kong because you want to be, not because you have to be. "

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