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Jessica Chastain says she has ‘done permanent damage to her skin’ to look like Tammy Faye Bakker


Jessica Chastain’s skin has been left in bad shape following her transformation into Tammy Faye Bakker.

The 44-year-old Zero Dark Thirty actress stars as the late televangelist, who was known for caking her face in make-up, in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye.

And Jessica has revealed wearing the heavy film makeup left her skin stretched out. ‘I think for sure I’ve done some permanent damage to my skin on this,’ she told The Los Angeles Times.

Sacrificing for the role: Jessica Chastain’s skin has been left with ‘permanent damage’ following her transformation into Tammy Faye Bakker. Seen in 2019

Damage: Jessica has revealed wearing the heavy film makeup left her skin stretched out

Damage: Jessica has revealed wearing the heavy film makeup left her skin stretched out

‘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. But it’s heavy,’ said the redheaded beauty.

‘And when you’re wearing it all day every day — the weight of it on your body, it stretches your skin out,’ added the red carpet fixture.

‘I finally took it off and I was like, “I look 50 years old!”‘ Jessica said with a laugh.

The REAL Tammy: Jessica said, 'By the time I got on set that first day that was 7 and a half hours, I was like, 'I have no energy left.' And she's supposed to show up with so much energy.' Tammy Faye Bakker pictured in 1996

The REAL Tammy: Jessica said, ‘By the time I got on set that first day that was 7 and a half hours, I was like, ‘I have no energy left.’ And she’s supposed to show up with so much energy.’ Tammy Faye Bakker pictured in 1996

‘No, I’m kidding. But it’s fine. It’s for my art.’

The California native admitted she ‘freaked out’ and didn’t think she would be able to wear the ‘heavy’ make-up at first, because it was making it challenging for her to act.

She continued: ‘The very first test I did was difficult, honestly. I mean, we fixed it. But I was freaked out. I was like, “I don’t know how to act like this.”‘

Challenging: The California native admitted she 'freaked out' and didn't think she would be able to wear the 'heavy' make-up at first, because it was making it challenging for her to act

Challenging: The California native admitted she ‘freaked out’ and didn’t think she would be able to wear the ‘heavy’ make-up at first, because it was making it challenging for her to act

Tough: The Molly's Game star revealed it took her seven-and-a-half hours to have the make-up applied, and it to got 'so heavy and hot', Jessica worried about her circulation

Tough: The Molly’s Game star revealed it took her seven-and-a-half hours to have the make-up applied, and it to got ‘so heavy and hot’, Jessica worried about her circulation

‘People think it’s easier, but it’s not. You have to reach through the makeup — you can’t let the make-up be the performance.’

The Molly’s Game star revealed it took her seven-and-a-half hours to have the make-up applied, and it to got ‘so heavy and hot’, Jessica worried about her circulation.

She said: ‘I got to set and I was so panicky. ‘I started to have hot flushes because it’s so heavy and hot. I was afraid. 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.’

Adaptation: The upcoming film is based on the 2000 documentary of the same name, and the cast also includes Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker

Adaptation: The upcoming film is based on the 2000 documentary of the same name, and the cast also includes Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker

Coming soon: The Eyes of Tammy Faye will be released in theaters on September 17

Coming soon: The Eyes of Tammy Faye will be released in theaters on September 17

In June, Chastain told People magazine that getting into character required intense makeup, prosthetics and wigs. Jessica’s makeup team for the film included her longtime makeup artists Stephanie Ingram and Linda Dowds as well as Justin Raleigh.  

She told People, ‘Every moment, I had something on my face.’   

‘I have a dimple in my chin that she didn’t have, so we would seal that up,’ Chastain continued. ‘Her face was more round than mine, so I would have things on my cheeks. Their expertise just helped me so much with my confidence in playing her.’ 

‘I was worried about my circulation. By the time I got on set that first day that was 7 and a half hours, I was like, ‘I have no energy left.’ And she’s supposed to show up with so much energy.’

The upcoming film is based on the 2000 documentary of the same name, and the cast also includes Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker. The Eyes of Tammy Faye will be released in theaters on September 17.

Fresh and pretty: The star looked youthful in July while at the Cannes Film Festival

Fresh and pretty: The star looked youthful in July while at the Cannes Film Festival



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