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Emmy Rossum has admitted it took more than 11 hours in the hair and makeup chair to transform into Angelyne for the Peacock series about the mysterious Los Angeles billboard icon.
The 35-year-old former ‘Shameless’ actress detailed the long process of playing the legendary Los Angeles local, known around town for driving his pink Corvette Barbie and shot to fame in the ’80s when billboards Massive billboards featuring his portrait began to appear on city streets. .
Rossum reportedly spent four years pursuing the project before getting the green light from studio execs, and she wore a three-pound breastplate to mimic Angelyne’s full bust, which caused blistering and chafing issues. skin.
“Playing her for so many decades and aging back and forth is very difficult, and doing it realistically but with kindness and grace and glamor and precision,” Rossum told The AV Club.
“Handling it tenderly was important to me. The first time with all the makeup and prosthetics, it took 11 1/2 hours. We cut it down to seven hours for the contemporary daytime look.”
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The platinum blonde bombshell was known as much for her over-the-top appearance as she was for her hourglass figure and for dressing in her favorite shade of pink.
She is also politically savvy and has run several times for governor of the state of California, most recently in the 2021 recall election against Gavin Newsom.
“When they spun me around to look in the mirror after all, none of me was there,” Rossum said.
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Rossum, who gave birth to her daughter last year with husband Sam Esmail by her side, could barely recognize herself even as she began to speak.
“When I started talking in Angelyne’s voice, I didn’t even know where I was,” Rossum said.
“I remember shaking because I was afraid I wouldn’t see myself or hear myself at all. And then I just felt a huge surge of possibilities; I could do anything in this framework and push my limits.”
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