It takes 3 hours for ‘This is Us’ star Sterling K. Brown to get his makeup done for flash-forward scenes


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NBC’s “This is Us” chronicles the life of the Pearson family through multiple generations.
The show usually cuts between the present and flashbacks.
A recent episode showed an older Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown) in a flash-forward with his daughter, Tess.
Brown tells INSIDER it takes him three hours to get his makeup done.
A mold of his face was created that has to be laid perfectly on his face.
He says he has a newfound respect for co-star Mandy Moore who also spends hours in the makeup chair getting aged to play his mom.

“This is Us” recently surprised fans with a flash-forward sequence showing an older Randall Pearson with his grown daughter Tess.

You may not think it, but it’s a time-consuming process to transform the 41-year-old star to look older on screen.

“We tested out that look about three or four times before we actually shot that very short scene,” Sterling K. Brown told INSIDER while promoting his a partnership with Clorox and the Thrive Collective. “It took about four hours the first time, and now each time they’ve got it down to about three hours.”

What does the team do that takes Brown three hours in the makeup chair?

“So there is a mold that was created of my face, and each time we do it, there is a mask, almost ‘Mission Impossible’- style, that goes over the top of my face. It’s an overlay and then they put the makeup on top of that,” he continued. “It takes time getting it on there perfectly without any air bubbles or anything sort of drooping on one spot.”

Brown says it changed his perspective of his co-star Mandy Moore, who plays his character’s mom on the NBC show. Moore has been playing her character throughout several different decades since the show’s first season.

Moore wears 12 small prosthetics to play a woman in her ’60s on the show. The actress has said the three-and-a-half-hour process takes a toll on her skin.

“I definitely have a newfound respect for my mom, Mandy Moore, and the amount of time that she has to go through every time she becomes present-day Rebecca,” said Brown. “But it’s exciting in that we have all this new, fertile soil to explore in the future with regards to the future of Beth and Randall, the future of their children, and it’s sort of like we get a chance to bookend Jack and Rebecca in the past. And now there’s the Black Pearsons of the future.”

The first two seasons of the show have focused heavily on Jack and Rebecca Pearson, their three children including Randall, and how the death of their father has affected their lives.

The recent flash-forward teases an entire new chapter and direction for the show. It’s one that Brown says the entire cast knew to expect heading into season two.

“[Creator] Dan [Fogelman] told us all at the beginning of the season that this was …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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