Orange Is the New Black Star Julie Lake Says Her 'Hideous' On-Screen Makeunder Takes '2 Minutes'
While some members of the Orange Is the New Black cast have to sit in the hair and makeup chair for hours before heading in front of the cameras for the hit Netflix series, Julie Lake, who plays meth addict Angie Rice, says transforming into her character takes little to no time — and she’s not proud of it.
“I wish I could say it takes three hours to make me look hideous, but its probably like … the makeup alone is two minutes and the hair is 20,” Lake told Too Fab about her makeunder.
The actress adds that after the “makeup,” comes her meth decayed teeth, which, she says, are “disgusting.”
“It’s amazing how hideous you look with bad teeth,” Lake said. “I remember the first time they did it I looked in the mirror and smiled and burst out laughing. It was just endlessly amusing to me at first. The teeth [are] really fast. They have a palate of colors that’s like tobacco stain, nicotine, coffee, dark greens, yellows and browns, it’s disgusting. Then they just paint it on, it’s like 30 seconds tops, let it dry and good to go.”
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Lake isn’t the only Litchfield Penitentiary inmate who undergoes a minimal makeup job before stepping foot in front of the cameras. Taylor Schilling, who plays Piper Chapman, recently told PeopleStyle her pre-TV prep to achieve that barely there beauty look takes a little longer than Lake’s ‘two-minute’ makeunder.
“It does take time to get Piper [ready] — it takes far more makeup than you would imagine for me to look like I’m wearing absolutely no makeup,” Schilling, 31, revealed to PeopleStyle. “And Piper doesn’t have as much access to makeup, so she’s sort of the default setting — she doesn’t really have a choice — but for me, I prefer to be bare as much as possible.”
But, she added, she finds playing a bare-faced character to be freeing in a world where hours-long glam sessions are the norm.
“I think it’s very liberating to [play a character who doesn’t wear makeup],” Schilling said. “It knocks away one level of artifice, and I think that is what I appreciate most about acting. It’s trying to drill down to the truth of a character, or situation or a circumstance and in some cases, lots of makeup helps with that. In this situation, in the story of Piper Chapman, it really illuminates interesting parts of her that she doesn’t wear any makeup.”
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