Jessica Chastain Worried That Her Intense “Tammy Faye” Makeup Damaged Her Skin Permanently

The actress revealed that, after going through an excruciating time in having her makeup done for her latest film, she may have caused permanent damage to her skin

By Miguel Robles

- August 24 , 2021 - 15:14 hs
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Jessica Chastain (AP)

When it comes to acting, there are always sacrifices to be made. However, there are some actors that love going overboard in order to get into character; losing or gaining weight, or slathering themselves in makeup and prosthetics. Usually, Robert De Niro, Christian Bale or Jared Leto, are the ones who follow this trope. However, it seems that another actress may have gone too far with it, and that is Jessica Chastain.

The Oscar-nominee will take part in a docudrama titled “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”, in which she plays the recovered evangelist, alongside Andrew Garfield's disgraced Jim Bakker. She decided to look exactly like Faye, and went full on. The result? It worked; she certainly does not look like herself, but now she's worried that the process of makeup and prosthetics may have caused permanent damage to her face.

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According to a recent interview with 'The Los Angeles Times,' reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the 'Interstellar' actress revealed that it took the amount of four hours to make her look like Tammy Faye, who famously wore an excess of makeup. There were times, she said, when the whole process even lasted for seven hour tops. “I think for sure I've done some permanent damage to my skin on this,” Chastain said.

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The major problem was that Jessica Chastain has very “pure” eating habits, and also she takes good care of her skin. While Faye's makeup habits, which landed more on the “heavy” side, were not as good adding to her skin for sure. “When you're wearing it all day every day – the weight of it on your body, it stretches your skin out,” Chastain said, adding, “I finally took it off and I was like, 'I look 50 years old!”

Nevertheless, Chastain had another preoccupation more in sight, perhaps her makeup would hinder her performance in the movie. “People think it's easier, but it's not. You have to reach through the makeup – you can't let the makeup be the performance,” she claimed. When discussing the real Tammy Faye, Jessica said that “she was so emotional, and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to get emotional with all this stuff all over me. Am I going to be able to see people and feel free? I just had to get used to it. So much for me is I have to trick my mind.”

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Aside from the time required for the makeup to have it done every time, there is another downside to it, which is that it also takes about to hours to get off. “It was concerting to me. I was worried about my circulation,” the actress said, and continued “that's the most prosthetic I've worn. Even the bronzer and the foundatin are so much darker, the lashes are thicker. The makeup gets heavier as she gets older.” In the end, Chastain said that it was all done “for my art.” All the work she went through and her acting can be seen when “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” comes out on September 17.

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Miguel Robles

I began my journey as a journalist 15 years ago, when I started as a staff writer for OPEN Magazine. I was able to escalate up to the point of becoming the editor in chief of the magazine. Always adjusting to cope with changes in the industry. Trying to make strong connections with the people, and bringing voice to minorities through storytelling.

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