Jessica Chastain was in awe of Tammy Faye Bakker’s “fearlessness” as she prepared to do The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
The actress plays the main figure in the new biographical drama, the plot of which follows the rise of Tammy Faye and her husband Jim Bakker from humble beginnings to the creation of the world’s largest religious broadcast network.
For the role, Jessica had to don heavy makeup and voluminous wigs, and during a conversation with Vanity Fair, she explained that she was inspired by the flamboyant nature of Tammy Faye.
“If most people operate on a 10, she was like a 15 in terms of energy, and in terms of what she put in there and how much space she was happy to occupy in the. world, ”she told the outlet. “I love her fearlessness in terms of makeup and clothes, vocals and singing. It was all loud.”
Jessica then shared that she wanted to play Tammy Faye in a project since watching the 2000 documentary, also titled The Eyes of Tammy Faye, about 10 years ago. And the star noted that she was captivated by how Tammy Faye, who died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 65, was characterized in the media.
“I was like, ‘I have to do this, because I grew up thinking Tammy Faye was a clown.’ That’s what the media fed me, “said the 44-year-old. “Everyone was so concerned about how much mascara she was wearing rather than what she actually did and what she was accomplishing. She was punk rock in an evangelical world dominated by these white men. ordained and exercised her ministry of love without judgment until her death. “
The Eyes of Tammy Faye, also starring Andrew Garfield and Cherry Jones, is now showing in US theaters.