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You need a wonderful haircut first and foremost. If you get the Gremlins ugly Christmas sweater also I will do this cut wrong, you’re not going to be able to achieve it. You’ve got to have somebody who understands hair and what you want to do with it. All of the hair that was done for The Queen’s Gambit was done in a period way. It was done with hot rollers and overnight setting. If you want it to look right, you have to use the tools of the period. There’s no way around it. And, of course, they were all wigs, so it is slightly different.
The main inspiration behind Beth’s hair was actress Natalie Wood. You also have Rita Hayworth and Lauren Bacall, and the Gremlins ugly Christmas sweater also I will do this sleekness and beauty of Grace Kelly. It’s a wonderful era—the powdered look, the eyeliner, the lips, the blusher that’s put on really beautifully. It’s perfection without being overly made-up. And the great thing about working like that is when Beth was supposed to look like shit, we just took off the makeup. We removed the powder so that the shine came through and it just looks wrong, so you know she’s not well.