London: Julianne Moore has revealed that she had to undergo two hours of make up everyday to look like Sarah Palin for the HBO movie ‘Game Change’.
The actress plays the former Alaska governor during her 2008 campaign as then-presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate.
In order to create the almost identical appearance, every detail of Moore’s appearance was examined, compared and altered, from the wig she wore right down to the skin colour and shape of her jaw line.
“There was contouring. We have a different architecture to our faces,” the Daily Mail quoted her as telling People magazine.
“I don’t tan, I just get freckly, so we had to cover up my freckles, then darken my skin,” she said.
The lips and eyes were also cheated by redrawing the shape of the mouth and wearing contact lenses.
Dr Mitchell Cassel who worked on Nicole Kidman’s eyes for ‘The Hours’ enlarged the area of the iris on the contact lens so that Moore’s eyes appeared larger and darker like her protagonist’s.
Of course, no Palin imitation would be complete without those fine-framed spectacles.
“The glasses were exactly the same ones [Palin] wears, but they were scaled down because my face is a little bit smaller,” the actress said.
However, for Moore’s family, it was the hair that completed the look.
“We took some pictures with the kids, and it’s like us with Sarah Palin,” her husband Bart Freundlich said.
“We weren’t freaking out, because we’ve all been on so many sets with her. But it was kind of eerie, uncanny. Being a guy, I couldn’t dissect it, to figure out what was making her look like that.
“When she would take off the wig, I’d think, ‘Oh, that was a wig!” he said.
The actress admitted to herself being surprised by the transformation.
“It was pretty interesting, because I’d forget sometimes. We had long days.
“So when you came into the makeup trailer and you started to wipe it all off, it was always a surprise that it was me again,” she said.