Amanda Fuller—AKA "Badison"—on What It’s Like to Be the Most Hated Character in ‘Orange Is the New Black’ History
On OITNB’s famous no-makeup look:
“Freeing, so freeing. I mean I came off of doing a sitcom [Fuller also stars onLast Man Standing] and it's a very different world. It's all stage makeup and Spanx; it's a little bit more illusionary. But to be able to show up to work and just let it all hang and not worry about whatever it is your body is going through, which happens to be a lot for me right now—it was so necessary.
She's an unattractive person. And that's the opposite of what I've always been told I need to be.
And I've always been a no-makeup girl, yet to have it so closely exposed on HD film is a really scary thing. But there's just such a level of comfortability with everybody, such a support system and so much body positivity. It was a really therapeutic place for me to be and to not have to worry about looks at all and allow myself to be ugly.
We made my teeth even dirtier and more crooked than they already are and we added roots to my hair; the purpose was to make her not attractive. She's an unattractive person. And that's the opposite of what I've always been told I need to be to be an actor. I had a hard time getting used to that.
It's so a part of my DNA and how I trained my brain to present myself as an actor. Especially as a woman. Having to retrain my brain is very hard—I have the worst body dysmorphia. That's just like something I have to deal with every day so to be in an environment and have it be OK is just so necessary.
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