Local 706 - The Artisan

Summer 2018

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42 • THE ARTISAN SUMMER 2018 W hen director Ava DuVernay reached out to me about the possibility of working on A Wrinkle in Time, it was a no-brainer. I was very excited about the creative potential of the project, especially when it came to hair. As a hair stylist, you are helping to tell the story and build the characters, and the fantastical world of A Wrinkle in Time provided a huge opportunity to get really creative. In addition to the out- of-this-world looks I would be creating for Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), there was the very human and relatable character arc of the main character, Meg (Storm Reid), that I was excited to help build. IRONING OUT THE WRINKLES We used Meg's hair not only to help emphasize certain char- acter traits, but also to connect her with her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who has big, curly hair as well. On a practical level, we used hair to connect the two actresses who play Meg so that the audience would know that it is the same character. When we meet young Meg (Lyric Wilson), she is wearing two braids, and when we cut to the older version, she is also wearing two braids. On a character level at the beginning of the film, Meg lacks confidence and is very insecure about her natural curls. At the climax of the film as she fights the IT, she sees a "perfect" version of herself, and we gave this "perfect" version straight, long hair. Seeing Meg able to reject this version and embrace who she is, natural curls and all, is something I think is really important for young girls to see. B Y K I M K I M B L E D E P T . H E A D H A I R / J O U R N E Y M A N H A I R S T Y L I S T Storm Reid as Meg, with curly hair just like her mother, below, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Photos by Atsushi Nishijima © 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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