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Renee Zellweger's makeup artist describes her grueling 80-minute prosthetic application process


Renee Zellweger underwent a remarkable physical transformation to play convicted killer Pam Hupp on the upcoming NBC true crime series The Thing About Pam. 

In an interview with Variety, the production’s makeup artist Arjen Tuiten described how the 52-year-old actress’ look was achieved through the use of facial and body prosthetics, which took 80 minutes to apply each day.

‘We had cheek pieces that went all the way up to the temple,’ Tuiten told the media outlet. 

Unrecognizable: Renee Zellweger underwent a remarkable physical transformation to play convicted killer Pam Hupp on the upcoming NBC true crime series The Thing About Pam. Seen in February 2022

Arduous: . In an interview with Variety, the production's makeup artist Arjen Tuiten described how the 52-year-old actress's look was achieved through the use of facial and body prosthetics, which took 80 minutes to apply

 Unrecognizable: Renee Zellweger underwent a remarkable physical transformation to play convicted killer Pam Hupp on the upcoming NBC true crime series The Thing About Pam. Seen in February 2022

‘There was the chin piece, the nose piece, a neck piece that went all the way around,’ the artist said.

Tuiten said that he did not set out to completely cover up that star’s face as he wanted to her to have enough room to feel comfortable while acting. 

He also applied forearm and ankle pieces daily. All prosthetics were applied before Zellweger moved on to other stages of prep including hair, makeup and wardrobe.     

Artistry: Tuiten said that he did not set out to completely cover up that star’s face as he wanted to her to have enough room to feel comfortable while acting

Commitment: Zellweger also wore a full body suit for the first time as she opted not to gain weight for the role, citing the negative impact that putting on 30 pounds for Bridget Jones' Diary had on her health

Commitment: Zellweger also wore a full body suit for the first time as she opted not to gain weight for the role, citing the negative impact that putting on 30 pounds for Bridget Jones’ Diary had on her health

Zellweger also wore a full body suit for the first time as she opted not to gain weight for the role, citing the negative impact that putting on 30 pounds for Bridget Jones’ Diary had on her health. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuiten told Variety that he initially held Zoom sessions with Zellweger to assess her willingness to undergo the grueling application process on a daily basis.

He noted that in his 20 years of experience, actors tend to underestimate how long the process will actually take when they commit to a role that requires extensive prosthetic use.    

Evaluation: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuiten told Variety that he initially held Zoom sessions with Zellweger to assess her willingness to undergo the grueling application process on a daily basis

Evaluation: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuiten told Variety that he initially held Zoom sessions with Zellweger to assess her willingness to undergo the grueling application process on a daily basis

However, Tuiten told Variety that the two-time Academy Award winner said she was willing to do whatever it took to play Pam.

As part of his research, Tuiten watched videos of the real-life Pam to observe her expressions and physical movements such as how she held her arms.

He added, ‘I also looked at her nose and how it would look when she turned. Or I would see things like where she had plastic surgery.’ 

Makeup department head Carla Brenholtz told Variety that the team aimed to give Pam a relatable and familiar look. 

Brenholtz explained, ‘She was a character that anybody could say, ‘That’s my daughter’s best friend’s mom.’ And that was how we created the other characters; we created them around her.’

As for prosecutor Leah Askey (Judy Greer), Brentholz told Variety that she and hair department head Lawrence Davis aimed for a look befitting a busy attorney working in the small town of Troy, Missouri.  

They wanted to achieve the look of someone who put her makeup on in the car and did not sit for hours in a makeup chair.

Brenholtz said, ‘She is a mover and a shaker, and she had five minutes. She uses a pencil on her lips in this dark color and a smear of eyeliner.’

Davis chose a typical Midwestern bob wig for Greer, explaining, ‘It was a look that has been going on for far too long, but it’s still so relevant.’ 

In character: As for prosecutor Leah Askey (Judy Greer), Brentholz told Variety that she and hair department head Lawrence Davis aimed for a look befitting a busy attorney working in the small town of Troy, Missouri

In character: As for prosecutor Leah Askey (Judy Greer), Brentholz told Variety that she and hair department head Lawrence Davis aimed for a look befitting a busy attorney working in the small town of Troy, Missouri

Attention to detail: Greer had requested to wear contact lenses as her eyes are blue while Askey's are brown but the team had to first receive approval from the studio due to COVID-19 restrictions. Pictured in February 2022

Attention to detail: Greer had requested to wear contact lenses as her eyes are blue while Askey’s are brown but the team had to first receive approval from the studio due to COVID-19 restrictions. Pictured in February 2022

Greer had requested to wear contact lenses as her eyes are blue while Askey’s are brown but the team had to first receive approval from the studio due to COVID-19 restrictions.

‘We went with that,’ Brenholtz said. ‘But typically, we’d have a lens tech. Since Judy wears contacts in real life, the studio approved for her to put her own contacts in daily.’ 

Brenholtz and Davis also detailed the process of styling Katy Mixon, who plays murder victim Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria.   

Hupp has been charged with killing her friend and co-worker Faria while she serves life sentence for the 2016 murder of Louis Gumpenberger. 

Murder victim: Brenholtz and Davis also detailed the process of styling Katy Mixon, who plays murder victim Elizabeth 'Betsy' Faria

Murder victim: Brenholtz and Davis also detailed the process of styling Katy Mixon, who plays murder victim Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria

Recreating the look: Davis told Variety that he recreated Faria's hairstyle, which he described as a perm with straight bangs, from pictures

Recreating the look: Davis told Variety that he recreated Faria’s hairstyle, which he described as a perm with straight bangs, from pictures

Davis told Variety that he recreated Faria’s hairstyle, which he described as a perm with straight bangs, from pictures.

Brenholtz explained that she toned down Mixon’s natural rosy complexion. 

‘She didn’t need to look glamorous in the way Katy does,’ Brenholtz said.

‘So, I airbrushed that to take it down with a little bit of [color-]correcting makeup. I combed her eyebrows, put a little clear mascara on and gave her some lip balm.’

During a TCA panel last month, Zellweger explained how she appreciated how much work that the hair and makeup team put into creating the characters’ looks.

She said, ‘Every day I learned something new: How the pieces are built, how they have minds of their own and what they become during the day isn’t quite what they begin as.

‘Also, I learned it’s a different kind of skill to work with your entire body covered in prosthetics.’   

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, the star expressed her amazement with how the team had transformed her appearance.

Speaking about seeing herself as Hupp for the first time, she said: ‘I was amazed. You might achieve a couple of things, but I had no expectation it was gonna be as remarkable as that.’ 

The Texas native also pointed out that Tuiten had particularly impressed her with his attention to detail.

‘Arjen, who builds these things and applies them every day, he creates them by hand and paints them down to the last freckle. His precision is remarkable. It’s part of the adventure, watching that happen every day, is pretty cool,’ she said.      

Running it down: The Bridget Jones's Diary star revealed she was initially spending four hours being transformed into Hupp, but towards the end of filming it only took two hours

Running it down: The Bridget Jones’s Diary star revealed she was initially spending four hours being transformed into Hupp, but towards the end of filming it only took two hours

Zellweger said that the prosthetics were particularly difficult to work with, which led to her spending long stretches of time in the makeup chair. 

‘They have a mind of their own, you know? If everybody cooperates – the cheeks are feeling like playing nice, the nose, and everything. But yeah, it took about a couple of hours,’ she said.

The performer also remarked that she now saw acting with the usage of prosthetic makeup as a new challenge unto itself. 

‘It was kinda fun to learn about it. I didn’t know that trying to tell a story and act with the prosthetics on is a whole different thing. I didn’t know it was a skill that I didn’t have,’ she stated. 

Roughing it: Zellweger expressed that the prosthetics were particularly difficult to work with, which led to her spending long stretches of time in the makeup chair

Roughing it: Zellweger expressed that the prosthetics were particularly difficult to work with, which led to her spending long stretches of time in the makeup chair

Pam Hupp: The ‘serial killer’ serving life without parole after slaying a disabled man and her own friend 

This year, convicted killer Pam Hupp was finally charged with the 2011 murder of her friend who she is accused of stabbing 55 times, before smearing the woman’s blood around her home in a plot to frame the victim’s husband. 

Hupp, who is already serving a life sentence for shooting a disabled man dead in 2016, appeared in court in Lincoln County, Missouri, in July for the first time over the murder of Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria. 

The 62-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for Faria’s slaying back on December 27 2011.

Convicted killer Pam Hupp appeared in court in Lincoln County, Missouri, Tuesday morning for the 2011 murder of her friend Elizabeth 'Betsy' Faria

Convicted killer Pam Hupp appeared in court in Lincoln County, Missouri, Tuesday morning for the 2011 murder of her friend Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria 

Prosecutors say Hupp killed Faria four days after persuading her to switch a $150,000 life insurance policy to Hupp. 

She then allegedly tried to stage the scene to make it appear that Faria’s husband Russell Faria killed her.

Russell was initially convicted of his wife’s murder in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison. His conviction was overturned in 2015 before he was found not guilty in a retrial where prosecutors argued Hupp was responsible.

Hupp was sentenced to life without the possibility for parole in 2019 for luring Louis Gumpenberger, 33, to her home claiming to be a producer for Dateline before shooting him dead in an elaborate plot to divert attention from herself in the Faria case.

Speculation has also swirled that she was responsible for her own mother’s fatal fall in 2013.

Elizabeth 'Betsy' Faria and husband Russell Faria. Russell was wrongly convicted of his wife's murder in 2013

Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Faria and husband Russell Faria. Russell was wrongly convicted of his wife’s murder in 2013 

The convicted killer is accused of murdering Faria, her friend and coworker at State Farm, to get her hands on her $150,000 life insurance. 

Prosecutors said Hupp was the last person to see Faria alive and knew her friend’s husband was out with friends at the time of the killing.  

Faria was suffering from cancer at the time of her murder and was undergoing chemotherapy. 

Prosecutors say Hupp gave Faria a ride home from her chemotherapy treatments on December 27 2011, knowing she would be weak and lethargic.

Hupp (above) is already serving a life sentence for shooting Louis Gumpenberger, 33, dead

Prosecutors say she killed Gumpenberger (above) to divert attention from herself in the Faria case

Hupp (left) is already serving a life sentence for shooting Louis Gumpenberger, 33, (right) dead to divert attention from herself in the Faria case

Hupp is seen in a police interview just hours after her friend Faria's murder

Hupp is seen in a police interview just hours after her friend Faria’s murder

She then allegedly stabbed Faria 55 times as she lay on a couch under a blanket. 

Then, Hupp dipped the victim’s socks in her own blood and spread it around the house to frame Russell for killing her her in a domestic assault, prosecutors say.

Russell came home to find his wife’s body lying in a pool of blood and called 911, telling the dispatcher ‘my wife killed herself’ after she had spoken of suicide amid her terminal cancer battle. 

The investigation quickly focused in on Russell despite him having an alibi for her murder.

He was charged and, at his murder trial, Hupp became a star witness who helped secure his conviction.  

Investigators have since been accused of mishandling the initial investigation and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department last year reached a $2 million settlement with Russell for his wrongful conviction.  

 

 

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