Actress Jessica Chastain who played Tammy Faye Bakker in her biopic, is almost unrecognisable in the heavy layers of makeup. The heavy makeup was the signature look of Bakker & remaking that look may have taken a toll on Jessica’s skin.
The program “Saturday Night Live” was a popular tv show in the mid 80s, and makeup artist Jan Hooks created a heavy look for Tammy Faye Bakker making it an essential part of her character and all of it happened when the Bakker Scandal was touching its peaks.
And even though it was an excessive parody, Jessica had to decorate her face with a very thick layers of makeup, to copy Tammy’s style. Bakker had a very earnest look as the televangelist, so Jessica had to copy the exact look for the upcoming biopic “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”
As Chastain spent most of her time in the professional makeup chair, to get Bakker’s look recreated, she spoke in an interview that she’s pretty sure she has damaged her skin a lot, due to the thick makeup. She added that she takes very good care of her skin by eating pure food and avoiding sun, but this makeup is heavy and she has to keep it on all day, the weight wears out the skin.
Chastain, 44, added on a lighter note that when she was finally able to take off all that makeup, she looked like a 50-year-old. As Hooks perfectly copied Tammy’s appearance on Chastain, the latter felt that she suddenly freaked out and didn’t know how to act for it. It was surely a challenge for her.
Jessica said that it’s not just the makeup that has to do the job and perform in front of the camera. You’ve to drown in the character and perform it with all your body and brains & depict the same characteristics, of the person you’re playing. People may consider that it’s an easy job just apply the makeup wear the costume and it’s done, whereas it’s not like this entirely.