A Closer Look at Julianne Moore’s Incredible Sarah Palin Transformation

We don’t know about you, but while others spent their Saturday night socializing with the outside world at various parties and events, we stayed glued to our couches to watch the highly-anticipated political docu-drama, Game Change. The HBO film directed by Jay Roach is based on the bestselling book of the same name, which recounts the 2008 US presidential election and the now infamous vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. As we hoped, the film was really, really good and left us all wondering: how the hell did Julianna Moore turn into Sarah Palin’s doppelganger? 

According to People, Moore’s transformation process wasn’t easy: it took more than two hours in meticulous hair and makeup to perfect Palin’s signature big eyes and bigger hair. For her bright peepers, Moore said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they made "the iris on the contact lens larger than [her] iris so [her] eyes would look bigger." There was also a lot of contouring in the makeup chair to match Palin’s shape, as well as daily drawn-on lips and a deep tan to cover Moore’s freckles. A bouffant wig and fake nails also completed the look.

As for the accessories, Moore wore the same specs that the former Governor of Alaska wore and the clothes were replicas of the same "pricey wardrobe" from Neiman’s and Saks Fifth Avenue that she was slammed for during the campaign (though no brand names were dropped). 

We imagine Tina Fey’s transformation would have taken less time (she truly is a spitting image), but Moore definitely did the dramatic role justice. 

Photo via TV Informant

Check Out the Teaser for HBO’s ‘Game Change’

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, the 2010 book co-authored by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, is getting the made-for-not-TV-but-HBO treatment. The film wisely cut the run-on subtitle, but it’s also limiting its focus on the Republican party and the tumultuous McCain/Palin campaign. And this afternoon HBO has revealed the first look at the drama starring Ed Harris as John McCain and Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.

The film looks like it’s following in the spirit of Recount, the HBO movie that chronicled the 2000 presidential election (which, like Game Change, was written and directed by Danny Strong and Jay Roach, respectively). Scheduled to debut in March, Game Change will allow Julianne Moore to be the first legitimate actor to portray former governor and reality TV star Sarah Palin in a film, although from this very brief clip it seems she might not improve on Tina Fey’s impression.