This is just something I have noticed that as far as I can tell has gone unsaid. Abigail Shapiro’s Acting is absolutely amazing. Everyone’s acting in Doom Patrol is pretty fantastic, but for two key reasons Abigail Shapiro’s stands out to me.
1: Her dialogue is (intentionally) bad - Dorothy is written as the generic/perfect child. Now while this is done intentionally it does lead to her dialogue being more generic/weaker then the other characters. That being said, she greatly varies/tone/pitch of her voice to convey emotion. When put into words it sounds easy, yet, so many actors struggle with this.
2: She is acting through a face full of makeup- Often, when actors are forced to put on heavy amounts of makeup. they lose the ability to emote through there face. Yet, in each scene you can tell exactly how Dorothy is feel without audio.
The acting in Doom Patrol is very good. I think that because the bar around Shapiro is so high, the performance she is giving is going slightly unnoticed. I can almost guarantee that if she was surrounded by a worse cast her performance would be all anyone talked about. All that said, this is a very admirable performance, that I feel should be talked about.