The Oscar's Short List, the BAFTA's Long List... this duo is at the top of every list as far as all the awards' buzz and in this episode you will see and hear why. Jaime Leigh McIntosh (Hair Department Head) and Heba Thorisdottir (Makeup Department Head) talk about Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Toby Maguire... and snake fights, dirt, and creating a Studio 54 for an entirely different decade. Find out here if Margot was truly crying for each and every take of that incredible scene in Black and White.
Babylon is literally the talk of the town right now and I am thrilled to share our talk about the hair and makeup artistry with you.
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Hair Department Head
Jaime Leigh McIntosh was born in Cambridge, New Zealand. From an early age already knew that she wanted to be a hairstylist. This was confirmed years later after watching Sarah Kelly's behind the scenes documentary Full Tilt Boogie, about the making of the 1998s film From Dusk to Dawn. Jaime Leigh instantly fell in love with the colorful world of filmmaking.
Her first steps were to gain the necessary skills. After 4 years of a hair salon apprenticeship she enrolled in the Design and Arts College in Christchurch, New Zealand, to study Makeup Design & Production as the New Zealand film industry requires stylists to be skilled in both Hair & Makeup.
After college was completed, Jaime Leigh was offered her first job on a TV series called Insider's Guide to Happiness. From this small production she was hired as a Hair and Makeup Artist for background actors on the feature film King Kong (Director: Peter Jackson) where she received invaluable wig training under the guide of Peter Swords King. Jaime Leigh was a fast and inquisitive learner, and she enjoyed the huge variety of work, the constant challenges, deadlines and demands of the job. Jaime Leigh rose to each occasion.
The next decade was filled with dedication to the craft, and Jaime Leigh's skill set grew. Projects of note included The Hobbit Trilogy (Director: Peter Jackson) and Avatar (Director: James Cameron), both under the guidance and teaching of Hair & Makeup Supervisor/Designer Rick Findlater.
In 2013 Jaime Leigh emigrated to Los Angeles, USA, and shortly after worked on The Light Between Oceans as assistant Department Head (Director: Derek Cianfrance), Underworld: Blood Wars as Personal Hairstylist to Kate Beckinsale (Director: Anna Foerster), Ad Astra/Department Head (Director: James Gray), Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile/Department Head (Director Joe Berlinger) Captain Marvel/Co Department Head (Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck) US/Co Department Head (Director: Jordan Peele) Bombshell/Assistant Department Head (Director: Jay Roach).
In addition to the above Jaime Leigh has a busy year ahead with the following motion pictures out for release: Blonde/Department Head, Starring Ana de Armas (Director: Andrew Dominik) Release date September 2022, Don't Worry Darling, starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde (Director: Olivia Wilde) Release date September 2022, Babylon/Department Head, starring Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva (Director: Damien Chazelle) Release date 2022, Next Goal Wins/Department Head Starring Michael Fassbender and Elizabeth Moss (Director: Taika Waititi) Release 2023, and Oppenheimer/Department Head starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr (Director: Christopher Nolan) Release date 2023.
Next up for Jaime Leigh is Ballerina/Personal Hair Stylist to Ana de Armas (Director: Len Wiseman) which will be shooting in Prague. Release date TBD.
August 2022 For further information, please contact Daniella Milton at The Milton Agency.
Heba Thorisdottir, the Iceland-born, Los Angeles-based make-up artist has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood over the course of her career. From the red carpet, to the big screen, to high-fashion editorials, to commercial advertising, Heba's approach is visionary and versatile, and her execution skills make her an asset to any creative collaboration. Heba began her career in music videos, working with REM, Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sting. She quickly nabbed a position as additional make-up artist on the T.V. series Twin Peaks, where she was director David Lynch' inspiration for the character of "Heba Thorsdottir" in the first season of the show. Heba has been a frequent collaborator of Quentin Tarantino and designed the make-up for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 as well as being a personal make-up artist to actresses Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Lucy Liu and Kristen Wiig. Heba's presence is also widely sought in the editorial and advertising realm. She has done make-up for the covers of L'Uomo Vogue, Mademoiselle, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Vibe and Shape, as well as major marketing campaigns for Levi's, Redken, J.Crew, Emporio Armani, Nike, The GAP and Ray-Ban. Heba has been married to E. Shepherd Stevenson since 2007 and she has two grown sons from a previous marriage: Adam Bjorn Fienberg and Thorir Fienberg.