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Where is Smother-in-Law Filmed? Is it a True Story?

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Created by Rodrigo Sant’anna, ‘Smother-in-Law’ or ‘A Sogra Que Te Pariui’ is a Brazilian sitcom that revolves around a married couple, Carlos and Alice, whose lives get turned upside down when Carlos’ mother, Dona Isadir, comes to stay in their house when the pandemic strikes. It’s almost as if Isadir comes with a mission on her mind — to disrupt the lives of her son and her daughter-in-law. The comedy series is a hilarious take on the rivalry between a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law, both determined to make life difficult for each other.

Even though the humor keeps the tone of the narrative far from hostile, it doesn’t change the fact that the rivalry between in-laws is quite a common issue in real life. This begs the question if any of the portions of ‘Smother-in-Law’ is rooted in reality or not. Apart from that, the different backdrops along with the bright tone of the entire series keep the viewers curious about the filming locations as well. If you have the same questions, don’t worry, for we are here to put your curiosities and doubts to bed!

Smother-in-Law Filming Locations

‘Smother-in-Law’ is filmed in Brazil, specifically in Rio de Janeiro, a seaside city in the eponymous state, located on the southeastern side of the country. Occupying a massive chunk of the area along the eastern coast of the South American continent, Brazil consists of several oceanic island groups, such as Rocas Atoll and Fernando de Noronha.

Moreover, the country’s size, climate, and landscapes make it geographically diverse, which is the reason it is featured in many movies and TV shows, such as ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ and ‘Love Thy Nature.’ The principal photography for the inaugural season of ‘Smother-in-Law’ seemingly took place in mid-2021. In case you wish to learn about the specific locations used for the production of the series, we have got you covered!

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

For the purpose of shooting, the cast and crew members of ‘Smother-in-Law’ sets up camp in the second-most populous city of Brazil — Rio De Janeiro, which is also the capital of the eponymous state. While the series is taped in the city where it is set, the majority of the sequences — especially the interior ones — are seemingly filmed in a studio. However, the audience can hardly tell if the interior shots are lensed in a production facility or in a real location as the production team does a good job at making it seem realistic.

Rio De Janeiro is rich in culture but at the same time is home to several modern buildings. Moreover, its versatile landscape includes lush green mountains and several coastlines, not to mention the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. All these features of the city make it a popular choice for the production of several movies and TV shows. Over the years, it has served as a shooting site for several projects, such as ‘City of God,’ ‘The Expendables,’ ‘Fast Five,’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk.’

Is Smother-in-Law A True Story?

‘Smother-in-Law’ is partially based on a true story. As admitted by the creator and star of the show — Rodrigo Sant’anna — the series is inspired by his personal experiences, as most of his other works. He revealed that the character of the mother-in-law Dona Isadir is the embodiment of his own mother and grandmother. Just like Dona, both of them came to stay with Rodrigo and his husband during quarantine. Soon, the actor and his husband felt their privacy getting invaded by this situation, and they ended up sharing a good laugh about it.

The personal experience served as one of the primary sources of inspiration for Rodrigo to come up with the sitcom. As for the fictional part of the narrative, Rodrigo’s family consists of black people hailing from the suburbs, unlike the sitcom. He also added that this story represents those who know how to paddle along such circumstances. “…this story is from the whole of Brazil, from anyone who, with the whole family at home or not, goes identify and have fun with situations that only a mother-in-law could provide,” the creator said.

Another similarity between ‘Smother-in-law’ and real life is that in many families, there is a constant tension between the in-laws. In this sitcom, Rodrigo tackles the issue with the help of humor. So, to reiterate, Rodrigo has not only used the events that happened in real life to come up with the narrative, but he also uses his creative mind to improvise reality in order to make Netflix’s first Brazilian multi-camera sitcom more entertaining and comedic.

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What is Angelyne’s Net Worth?

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Ronia Tamar Goldberg, also known as Angelyne, is an actress, singer, and model who was born on October 2, 1950, in Chmielnik, Poland. Her parents were Holocaust survivors who survived the most horrific form of human rights violations while in Skarżysko-Kamienna German Nazi concentration camps. After the liberation by allied forces, they lived in Poland […]

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Is Angelyne’s Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist? Where is He Now?

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‘Angelyne‘ is an addictive biographical drama TV series on Peacock. Created by Nancy Oliver, it delves into the intriguing life of Angelyne, a model and media influencer, who became a pop culture icon in Los Angeles during the 80s. Apart from her rise to stardom, the show also captures the perspectives of those who know her up close and how they impact her journey.

One such person is Jeff Glasner, an entertainment journalist, who sets out to find out the secrets Angelyne fiercely protects and drastically changes her life. The realistic portrayal of the character makes the audience wonder whether Jeff is based on a real person. Let’s unravel this mystery together, shall we? SPOILERS AHEAD.

Is Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist?

In ‘Angelyne,’ Jeff Glasner is a journalist from The Hollywood Reporter who writes an explosive article about the sensational celebrity’s childhood and family. For his research, he spends time with her and records interviews, but when she refuses to divulge anything substantial about her life and beginnings, he decides to conduct his own investigation. In reality, Jeff’s character is based on journalist Gary Baum, who works for The Hollywood Reporter.

In 2017, Gary wrote and published an elaborate article that details Angelyne’s humble beginnings, before she became famous as the “Billboard Queen” of Los Angeles. Earlier, he wrote a profile article for her in 2015, but as per him, she dodged any questions about her parents or other topics like religion and her upbringing. In his 2017 article, Gary shared that in the fall of 2016, he was approached by a man who went by the pseudonym, Ed Thompson. He was a federal government employee who undertook paid assignments as a hobby genealogist on the side.

For his personal interest, Ed decided to find out about Angelyne a few years earlier and then contacted Gary, who was researching her. He provided the material he had collected over the years from public databases, including her yearbook pictures, as well as the immigration, marriage, and death records of her parents. All this information helped prove that Angelyne’s original name was Renee Tami Goldberg (earlier known as Ronia Tamar Goldberg). She was born in October 1950 in Poland, to Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors.

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Ed’s findings also revealed Angelyne’s tumultuous childhood as well as her brief marriage to Michael Strauss during her high school days. After her divorce in 1969, her original name resurfaced in 2016, when she discreetly petitioned to change it to Angelyne legally. However, in the legal document, she mentioned being a resident of Louiseville, Kentucky, and claimed to have been born in 1962. Since all this data was different than what Ed had shared, Gary tried contacting Angelyne’s friend and assistant Scott Hennig for clarity.

To Gary’s disappointment, both Scott and Angelyne reportedly rubbished the data provided by Ed and discouraged him from pursuing the matter any further. Luckily, when he continued looking for clues, he found an advertisement for a trophy engraving company that matched the residential address which Ed had found earlier. Moreover, Gary managed to track down Angelyne’s former husband Michael Strauss, who then confirmed all of the journalist’s findings and provided a fitting conclusion to his research.

After so many months of hard work, Gary’s article got published in August 2017 and received a massive response from Angelyne’s fans as well as the other public, who till then, were highly curious about her life. His written piece is one of the most accurate feature articles on the media icon’s illustrious life and has provided the base for the show’s narrative.

Where is Gary Baum Now?

Presently, Gary Baum works as a senior writer at The Hollywood Reporter, where he has been working for more than ten glorious years. Priorly, he worked with Angeleno Magazine for almost seven years, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California.

Gary has written articles on several other relevant topics, such as the clearing of tents for unhoused residents in Los Angeles for film shoots, Jewish studio heads in Hollywood history, and investigative pieces on prominent public and administrative figures. Though he is highly active on the professional front, he seems to be rather private on social media about his life. As far as we can tell, he currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.

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