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Jessica Chastain Thinks She Might Have Permanently Damaged Her Skin While Playing Tammy Faye Bakker

“I started to have hot flashes because it’s so heavy and hot."

Jessica Chastain’s new movie role might have permanently damaged her skin.

Jessica Chastain attends the "Foxcatcher" premiere
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The actor, who’s playing the lead in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, believes that all the makeup they used to get her into character might have changed her skin.

Tammy Faye Messner poses in a black and white outfit, bright lipstick, and heavy eye makeup
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“I think for sure I’ve done some permanent damage to my skin on this,” Chastain recently told the Los Angeles Times.

Jessica Chastain attends Warner Bros. Pictures "The Big Picture" exclusive presentation
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“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.”

Jessica Chastain poses for a photo during her Hand and Footprint Ceremony
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“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 laughed.

Jessica Chastain attends the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Dark Phoenix"
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Chastain recalled the grueling process of wearing the makeup each day and said it took her seven and a half hours to get the desired look.

Jessica Chastain attends the Closing Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival
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“I started to have hot flashes because it’s so heavy and hot,” the Ava actor said. “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.”

Jessica Chastain smiles at the European premiere of "The Martian"
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“It was concerning to me,” she added. “I was worried about my circulation.”

Jessica Chastain visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
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It also didn’t help that Chastain had to play a highly energetic character. By the time she got on set, she said she had “no energy left" because of how long she spent in the makeup chair.

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“That’s the most prosthetics I’ve worn,” she said. “Even the bronzer and the foundation are so much darker, the lashes are thicker. The makeup gets heavier as she gets older.”

Jessica Chastain attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures "It Chapter Two"
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Even though Chastain had a big problem with how long it took her to get into character, she said the whole experience was “fine” because it was “for [her] art.”

Jessica Chastain attends the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Dark Phoenix"
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You can catch the rest of Chastain's interview with the Los Angeles Times here.

Jessica Chastain attends the "Cafe Society" premiere
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