INTERVIEW WITH: Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh
FILM: "THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE"
Q. Congratulations. How does it feel that you get to share this
award with Jessica Chastain and you've gotten to just be part
of this process altogether with her?
A. (LINDA DOWDS) It's pretty amazing. Stephanie and I happened to
have worked -- we were working on our 16th project with
Jessica, and we see how hard she works, and she is our best
collaborator. She has so much input and so much that she shares
with us about the character.
And it all just makes us all step up to the plate, and the fact
that she won and we won tonight is just -- it is extraordinary,
and I love it, and I'm -- I'm so happy for her.
Q. Congratulations. So, you know, we've all been following Jessica
through this whole awards season, and I told her again on the
red carpet she was going to win. And here you are. You really
transformed her into Tammy Faye, and it is such a very distinct
look. But how did you nail -- there was a lot of photos and
things, but it was more than that.
A. (JUSTIN RALEIGH) I mean, anatomically speaking, the goal was to
always, prosthetically, to try and get as close to Tammy as
possible, and that was through all -- through all the research
of looking at the old videos, looking at the old Heritage USA
books that they would put out, any type of resource that we
And even Jessica and the entire Searchlight team provided us a
ton of research. But early on, we spent a lot of time just
working on the computer doing conceptual design to try to
figure out what was a subtle amalgamation between the two,
where we didn't completely obliterate Jessica, but we had
enough of Tammy there that it -- you knew it was Tammy Faye.
And that was key.
We didn't want to hamper her performance. And then all of the
additional hair and makeup that Linda and Stephanie bring to it
just really rounded out the entire look for us. Thank you.
Q. Congratulations. (Indiscernible) made a big deal -- a point of
saying that she would arrive early and be sure to be in the
house to see your category. What did that mean to all of you,
and what do you think it reflects about her in general?
A. I think that, you know, we didn't know -- we didn't know ahead
of time or anything. We learned it on the same day that
everybody else did, which is really a testament to who she is.
She -- you know, she didn't make a grand gesture with any of
us. She just -- she -- I think she spoke authentically, which
she always does, and to have her say that was actually quite
emotional. When we came into the trailer that morning, didn't
want to say too much, you know.
You kind of wait a moment and -- but honestly, just had to
thank her and that kind of support and that kind of, you know,
connection to have in any relationship is great. And in a
working relationship, it is so special.
And it was -- I feel honored and privileged we get to work with
somebody like her. She's a brilliant human being in real life
and at work. So it was great.