Jessica Chastain says ‘Tammy Faye’ movie makeup damaged skin

Jessica Chastain probably won’t do another period piece film again after her most recent experience.

The Oscar-nominated “The Help” actress revealed that her upcoming flick, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” took a hit on her physical appearance.

The 44-year-old admitted the “heavy” makeup that was used to transform her into scandal-ridden televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker had done permanent damage to her skin.

In order to fully become Tammy, Chastain had to apply a lot of makeup, prosthetics and wigs. She explained to the Los Angeles Times the toll that spending countless hours in the makeup chair did to her physical appearance.

“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!’ ” she continues. “No, I’m kidding. But it’s fine. It’s for my art.”

Jessica Chastain piled on the makeup for her role as the scandal-plagued televangelist in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

Chastain also added that you “have to reach through the makeup — you can’t let the makeup be the performance. [Tammy] 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.”

While four hours was the average time Chastain had to spend doing makeup, the longest she ever did was seven 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 said. “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.”

Chastain spent four to seven hours a day in the makeup chair before shooting her scenes.
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The entire process ultimately tapped her energy.

“By the time I got on set that first day that was 7½ hours, I was like, ‘I have no energy left.’ And she’s supposed to show up with so much energy,” the mother of two admitted. “That was the ’90s look — the very end. 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.”

Andrew Garfield stars alongside Chastain as her husband and infamous TV preacher Jim Bakker.

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” premieres in theaters on Sept. 17.

Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker and Jessica Chastain as his wife, Tammy Faye, in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."
Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker and Jessica Chastain as his wife, Tammy Faye, in a scene from the upcoming movie “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”
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