In the new film “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” the 44-year-old actress plays televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, and she had to wear a lot of makeup and prosthetics to play the character.
Bakker, who eventually went by the name Tammy Faye Messner, died in 2007 at the age of 65. She was best known for co-hosting “The PTL Club” with her then-husband Jim Bakker in the 1970s and 1980s.
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Chastain discussed the strain of trying to imitate Tammy Faye Bakker’s approach.
“I’m pretty sure I’ve done some irreversible damage to my skin with this,” she admitted. “Listen, I eat very clean, I take good care of my skin, I avoid the sun, and all that other nonsense. However, it is heavy.”
When she said the makeup was heavy, she meant it literally.
“And when you wear it all day every day — the weight of it on your body, it stretches your skin out,” she explained, joking that she looked 50 years old when she took off her makeup.
“But it’s okay,” the “Ava” actress added. “It’s for my artwork.”
On her long days, she said the makeup and prosthetics would take around two hours to remove.
“It was upsetting to me. I was concerned about my blood circulation “the actress confessed “I was exhausted by the time I arrived on set that first day, which lasted seven and a half hours. And she’s meant to be bursting with vitality. That was the final end of the ’90s aesthetic.”
She continued, saying: “That is the most prosthetics I have ever worn. Even the bronzer and makeup are darker, and the lashes are thicker. As she gets aged, her makeup becomes heavier.”
Image Source: Jessica Chastain is seen in Cannes, France, on May 19, 2014. (Getty Images)