Playbill.com was invited backstage for an exclusive look at actress Jackie Hoffman's transformation into her character, Grandma, in new Broadway musical The Addams Family. Read the Playbill.com story.
This is me, Jackie Hoffman, in all my loveliness, untouched. I’m wearing my black “Grandma” bra, which is actually the same color as my own regular bra… so we both have the same support. And a black Cat on a Hot Tin Roof slip.
First step – here I am putting on my wig prep.
Our hair supervisor, Barry Ernst, has already put on Grandma’s first eyebrow. And here comes the second…
Now we’ve got the wig prep, the hairnet, two eyebrows, and two sexy moles.
And now that we’ve got the eyebrows and moles on – now we’re ready for the crowning – the Grandma wig!
Now that we’ve got the big stuff in place, I start putting on makeup…time for some Granny Face!
Here I’m showing you the Ben Nye “Old Character” palette. The aging makeup that I use for Grandma is literally called “Old Character.”
Now it’s time to take that “Old Character” and start painting on some lines and creases.
This is my little cubby hole that’s on the wall in my dressing room, next to my dressing table. You can’t see it, but there’s a sink directly underneath. Yes ladies and gentlemen, Jackie Hoffman’s dressing room has running water.
Broadway actors put on their own makeup. Our makeup designers drew up these charts for each of us. They show us the step-by-step process for how to put on our faces.