The actress plays fallen televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in the upcoming film 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye.'
Jessica Chastain's shocking physical transformation for her role in the upcoming film The Eyes of Tammy Faye had an unfortunate lasting effect on her appearance.
In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, the 44-year-old actress explained that the role demanded several hours a day in the makeup chair applying intense makeup, prosthetics and wigs — which likely damaged her skin.
"I think for sure I've done some permanent damage to my skin on this. Listen, I eat very pure, and I take very good care of my skin and I stay out of the sun and all that stuff", she said. "But it's heavy. And when you're wearing it all day, every day — the weight of it on your body, it stretches your skin out. I finally took it off, and I was like, 'I look 50 years old!' No, I'm kidding. But it's fine. It's for my art."
In the film, Chastain plays fallen televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who died at age 65 in 2007. The biopic details the early lives of Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker (played by Andrew Garfield) from humble preachers to building the world's largest religious broadcasting network. However, their image of love and acceptance came tumbling down when Jim was indicted, convicted and imprisoned on numerous counts of fraud and conspiracy in 1989.
According to Chastain, she generally spent around four hours a day having the makeup and prosthetics applied but she said the "longest was actually seven and a half hours."
"[After that] I got to set and I was so panicky. I started to have hot flashes because it's so heavy and hot. I was afraid", she recalled. "It was like going on a long-distance flight every day. Because if it takes seven and a half hours to put on, it's going to take at least two hours to get off. It was concerning to me. I was worried about my circulation."
"By the time I got on set that first day that was seven and a half hours, I was like, 'I have no energy left.' And she's supposed to show up with so much energy. That was the '90s look — the very end", Chastain continued. "That's the most prosthetics I've worn. Even the bronzer and the foundation are so much darker, the lashes are thicker. The makeup gets heavier as she gets older."
The Eyes of Tammy Faye is scheduled to be released in theaters on Sep. 17.