Jackie Tohn, Ellen Wong, Rebekka Johnson, Kate Nash in Netflix’s “GLOW” Image via Erica Parise/Netflix
5. Melanie “Melrose” Rosen
Melanie “Melrose” Rosen is presented as a typical party girl. She dresses like Madonna, smokes weed, shows up to practice without any shoes, and drives a limo to seem important. Melrose unapologetically goes after what she wants and brags or namedrops whenever she thinks it will be useful to her. She is 100 percent the problem child of GLOW.
She also eavesdrops unashamedly, then takes information she gleans and uses it for practical jokes without any concern as to whether those jokes are “good” or “harmful.” Melrose acts without thinking and seems to have very few qualms about potential consequences. Getting involved with GLOW seems like just another thing on her long list of interesting experiences.
Melrose comes from money. She carefully cultivates her quirky, “never boring” personality and dives into any opportunity where she might have the spotlight. Melrose even combines her names to make a single-name moniker… again, following in the footsteps of Madonna.
Jackie Tohn imbues Melrose with the wildcard personality of a typical party girl while also seeking to give her layers. Her performance stands out because she is loud and intense and refuses to stand down in the face of absolutely anyone — even people she has offended or hurt.
I love Melrose because she is fascinating. She has a stereotypical “troubled rich girl” background and constantly seeks attention from everyone. However, she also has a bizarre (and usually misplaced) generosity streak. It does not balance her penchant for drama but it makes her motivations interesting to parse.