Einsteinian effort could earn Emmy

Queenstown make-up designer Davina Lamont works on United States actor T.R. Knight, as J. Edgar Hoover, in Genius. Ms Lamont has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on the National Geographic Channel drama, which charts the professional and personal l
Queenstown make-up designer Davina Lamont works on United States actor Johnny Flynn who plays the young Einstein in 'Genius'. Ms Lamont has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on the National Geographic Channel drama, which charts the professional and personal life of Albert Einstein. Photo: National Geographic/Dusan Martincek
One of the most well-known hairstyles in history might land a Queenstown make-up designer an Emmy.

Davina Lamont has been shortlisted for her work on Genius, a National Geographic Channel drama that charts the life of physicist Albert Einstein and stars Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush.

Ms Lamont was in charge of make-up, hair and prosthetics for the whole series, which followed Einstein from the late 1800s through to his death in 1955.

''So we had two actors, Johnny Flynn [young Einstein] and Geoffrey Rush - and lots of prosthetics, wigs and facial hair to age them as they went.

''Both the guys wouldn't feel like Einstein until they had their moustache on. And they both had blue eyes, so I had to put contacts in as well.

''It's pretty cool to watch - Geoffrey Rush, who is always playful and funny, you put on a moustache, he looks up and he's Einstein.''

Einstein had his famous halo-hair look in his 40s but Lamont had to design styles from the ages of 16 to 70.

''Then there's also all the iconic people of the era they met: Edgar Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marie Curie, other great scientists.''

Ms Lamont said she needed a large group of staff and freelancers to help pull together wigs and prosthetics at a moment's notice.

Shooting the film in Prague, where temperatures could reach -18degC, meant there were ''constant touch-ups all day, every day'', she said.

The show had been nominated for a total of 10 Emmy awards. The winners will be announced next month.

Ms Lamont, who has won several awards and was a nominee in the 2016 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards for best make-up effects for her work on Sons of Liberty, has worked on dozens of film and television productions during her 23-year career, including 30 Days of Night, Sherlock Homes, Avatar and The Lord of the Rings.

She had also worked with some of the best directors in the business, including Steven Spielberg, Sir Peter Jackson and Jane Campion.

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