Charlize Theron transformed into Megyn Kelly through… prosthetic eyelids?!

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality!

The first trailer for Bombshell stunned me because of Charlize Theron – in the first trailer, you could see Charlize’s Megyn Kelly and she looked SO much like Megyn Kelly, it was spooky/eerie. The second trailer came out last month and you can see more of Charlize’s Megyn, Nicole Kidman’s Gretchen Carlson and Margot Robbie’s character (who is not based entirely on a real person). Charlize is still the stand-out here:

After watching that, my question is: how did the makeup people get Charlize’s Megyn Kelly drag SO right, and then just phone it in on the rest of the cast? Nicole Kidman doesn’t look anything like Gretchen Carlson and it’s clear no one even tried to make her look like Carlson (beyond the wig, arguably). John Lithgow’s fat-suit and face prosthetics look budget AF. Charlize is the only one who actually tried. So, just what did they do to her to get her to look so much like Megyn Kelly? Prosthetic EYELIDS!! From THR:

THR: Your physical transformation into Megyn Kelly is quite striking. How was that achieved?
We worked with the greatest [special effects makeup artist], Kazu Hiro. It’s really hard to get him to do new stuff. But I did a lot of begging and he came on and designed eight [prosthetic] pieces for me. Two of them basically covered my entire eyelids. It was very intricate work. Intricate work where you still need to be able to do what you need to do, like blink.

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

Again, though, how did Charlize get such high-quality prosethetics when everybody else didn’t? Charlize had to step in at the very last minute to “rescue” the film as a producer, maybe that was how – she was truly THE BOSS. At least now I know how much a person’s eyelids can affect the way their face looks like Megyn Kelly’s.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality!

Here are some photos of Charlize at her American Cinematique Award thing on Friday, November 8th. She wore Dior! I still hate her hair.

American Cinematheque Award

American Cinematheque Award

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Aims says:

    It’s uncanny. This movie looks really good. I’m excited to see it.

  2. SilentStar says:

    Dayum, it’s really hard to tell all those blonde white women apart.

    Also, Charlize’s Dior dress is amazing. She can really wear clothes. And I love her hair.

    • Joanna says:

      I’m not trying to be mean but I live in the panhandle of Florida and work in a rich area where a lot of southern people have a second home. Some days I feel like I’m gonna scream if I see another tan skinny white woman w blonde hair in a pleated pencil skirt. I’m white btw. No offense if anyone here fits this description btw. I go to lunch, my work is near the rich people restaurants and sometimes they’ll all be together lunching in their tennis outfits and they look so much alike. My hair is blah medium brown. I’ve been dying it darker. I was thinking about going lighter. The hairstylist threw out blonde, I’m like nope, not that light. No offense to our blonde celebitches but it’s just not me.

      • Mandy Purr says:

        Weird flex but OK.

      • Joanna says:

        @mandy, yeah I moved from a bigger more urban area. So yeah, it’s been different working in a rich mostly white area where the women are obsessed with being, thin, tan and blonde. It’s almost as if they think that is the beauty ideal. Let’s be honest, that’s exactly what it is. I told a young guy once his baby was cute. He goes yeah, she’s got blonde hair and blue eyes. And she had brown hair! Lol. The obsession with Caucasian standards of beauty run deep. I have fair skin and blue eyes. In the city I moved from, I didn’t get looked at twice. Here I do. Here the white standard of beauty is revered.

      • MB says:

        @Mandy hahaha yep some people just really love to hear themselves talk. Even if it is in text.

  3. Allergy says:

    What I don’t understand is how Theron’s tiny eyes looked larger in this disguise. She has pretty but tiny eyes, like Norma Shearer or Kristen Bell.

  4. ab says:

    her hair looks fantastic here, and the dress is great too, even though I’m not usually big on sheer/cutouts this is all working.

  5. FHMom says:

    Can’t say I love the dress, but Charlize really pulls it off. The hairstyle suits the outfit. She looks fierce.

  6. Bella DuPont says:

    I know I’m alone in finding Meghan K’s face pinched and unattractive. I think she’s very lucky she got played by Charlize Theron. But then again, Charlize played a mean Monster perfectly as well.

    • emmy says:

      I think it has a lot to do with her personality. It’s hard to see past and it just makes everything about her ugly and aggressive. Also, the heavy makeup these Fox women wear is nuts. Same goes for the helmet hair. It always looks like it could weather a tsunami. All of it is very severe.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      You’re not alone, Bella Dupont! Megyn is very unattractive. Inside and out.

    • Joanna says:

      I don’t think she’s attractive either! The surgeon went too far with her nose job.

    • Lucy2 says:

      You’re not alone, I’ve always found her look to be very pinched too, and was the first thing I noticed about Charlize’s transformation.
      I’ve met Megyn a few years ago before she left Fox, and she looked a little less pinched in person, but was still wearing a lot of make up.

  7. Lucy says:

    Kazu Hiro is so getting an Oscar nom for Best Makeup.

  8. BeanieBean says:

    I thought the same about the Lithgow catsuit & hair. That was so bad. Liked the use of the Billie Eilish song, though.

  9. Grey says:

    I don’t know who any of the characters are, so I’ll pass on this flick. Looks boring.

  10. L4frimaire says:

    Megyn Kelly just projects meanness. Every time you saw a clip of her awful show on NBC, you could feel the pain in her face from that forced fake smile. Whoever did Charlize’s makeup should get a major award. Theron doesn’t exactly give off a warm and friendly persona, so playing such a hard unsympathetic person is definitely in her wheelhouse.

  11. ChillyWilly says:

    It looks like they changed her nose and chin as well. She looks amazingly like Megyn (I cannot with that spelling. So stupid.)
    Also, I freaking love Charlize’s short hair! She looks great!

  12. Bonnie Anne says:

    I know what you mean about the obsession with wealthy woman fembots in FL: over-blonde, over-boobed, over-tanned. Heavy makeup, bright pink “notice me!” lip. Delicate Xtian pendant because Jesus loves cleavage. I’ve yet to encounter one in the wild who didn’t identify as a patriot / Republican / real ‘murican. They’re every gun-toting Bubba’s wet dream.

  13. Mustlovedogs says:

    I see Katherine Heigl…?

  14. Seri says:

    She is a very beautiful woman. She looks so cold though, even with a smile on her face. But I think this gives her some kind of regal look

  15. Jen says:

    This whole movie looks pretty budget to me.