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Jennifer Connelly talks American Pastoral: 'I haggled for smaller pubic wig'

Published 12/10/2016

Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly has shared her discomfort at having to wear a "vagina wig" in her new movie American Pastoral.

Jennifer Connelly wore a pubic wig for her role in upcoming film American Pastoral.

The actress stars as former beauty queen Dawn Dwyer Levov in the crime drama, which is based on the 1997 novel of the same name by Philip Roth.

With a narrative that crosses several decades, Jennifer spent a lot of time working with make-up artist Judy Chin on creating looks to represent her character at different ages.

And as Judy is so “thorough and dedicated”, she even had a merkin created for Jennifer to wear in a nude scene which takes place in the 1960s, so that her appearance is reflective of a time before bikini waxing became popular.

“(Judy said) we’re going to have to make you a merkin,” laughed Jennifer during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night (11Oct16). “For those of you who don’t know what it is, and frankly why would you, it’s a vagina wig.”

The Requiem for a Dream star added that Judy took paper and a felt tip pen and drew where she wanted the merkin to sit. And despite her protests, Judy made the hair piece to a size which was much larger than Jennifer desired.

“I haggle it to a size where I feel like I can go stand in front of people,” she shared, unveiling a photo of the merkin to the audience. “It’s long, it’s got like a swish. It’s a beast.”

To which host Jimmy replied: “You could wear this like a Duck Dynasty beard on Halloween!”

The 45-year-old also spoke about working with Ewan McGregor, who makes his directorial debut with the movie and also stars in it, as Seymour "Swede" Levov.

“It was a great experience actually. I think he did a really fabulous job directing the movie,” she gushed, adding that the film is very faithful to the book. “You should see the movie and you should still read the book. It’s extraordinary, it’s so beautiful. It really tells the story, it’s pretty faithful to the narrative of the book and I think it explores the same themes.”

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