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Jessica Chastain: “Film make-up ruined my skin

Foundation, fake lashes and even facial prosthetics – to transform actors into their film roles, a lot of trickery goes on in makeup. But what looks beautiful and coherent on screen later can have unpleasant consequences for the actors, as Hollywood star Jessica Chastain has now confirmed in an interview. According to the interview, the extreme makeup for her new film left permanent damage on her skin.

During the filming of "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" the skin of Jessica Chastain had to endure a lot, as she revealed to the "Los Angeles Times". To get into the role of TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, not only was a lot of makeup needed, but also the gluing on of some facial prostheses. A look "as heavy as her own body weight" that permanently wore out her skin, as the Golden Globe-winning actress told the newspaper.

Normally, she takes great care of her skin, doesn’t go out in the sun, eats very healthily, and doesn’t wear much makeup. But during the grueling shoot, contrast prevailed. Chastain: "I am sure that I have added permanent damage to my skin with it!"

Jessica Chastain: »make-up lasted up to 7 hours

Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner from 1993), who died in 2007, was a well-known TV personality in the US. She was repeatedly criticized together with her then husband, televangelist Jim Bakker, but was also known for her extreme look: dark foundation, lots of kohl, lots of mascara, bright lipstick.

Tammy Faye Messner
Tammy Faye Messner (previously Bakker) on the Tonight show in July 2005.Photo: Getty Images

To copy the makeup, Jessica Chastain spent up to 7.5 hours (!) in makeup every day. And after shooting was over, it took at least two hours to get it all off her face again. "I was so panicked. I got hot flashes because it was so heavy and hot," said the "X-Men"–star. "It was like I was taking a long-haul flight every day."

The heavy makeup also posed acting challenges for the 44-year-old. "You have to reach people through the makeup", Jessica Chastain said. "She was so emotional and I was afraid it wouldn"t make it with so much stuff on my face." Not an easy task, even for such an experienced actress as Jessica Chastain, who has been in front of the camera since the early 2000s. In fact, the role of Tammy Faye Bakker was the most extreme in her entire career, and not only because of her unusual makeup.


  • Los Angeles Times (2021): Why televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker was the hardest role of Jessica Chastain’s career (retrieved Aug. 25, 2021)