Makeup Artist Cool Benson Discusses Working On “Obi-Wan Kenobi” & “HSMTMTS”

Makeup Artist Cool Benson Discusses Working On “Obi-Wan Kenobi” & “HSMTMTS”

Recently, I obtained to meet up with Makeup artist Cool Benson, who has lately labored on two Disney+ Original sequence, “Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi” and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”.  Cool shares some hints and ideas, plus shares some inside data on doing the make-up for Moses Ingram and Dara Renee on these exhibits, plus way more.
Throughout his profession, Cool has amassed a formidable resume of labor and clientele, together with Billy Ray Cyrus, Prince, Mike Tyson, Kendrick Lamar, John Stamos, Quentin Tarantino, and the Cheetah Girls.
Check out the complete video interview beneath:

What did you’re employed on for the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” sequence?
I used to be working with the division head, her title was Luisa Abel, and she or he form of designed all of the appears to be like and my job was to make the Riva character, um, come to life. Cool. And uh, you recognize, that character was very particular as a result of, uh, the route was we needed her to look lovely, however seem like she’s not sporting make-up and we actually didn’t need any like female kinda attributes added to it. So it was that was, uh, you recognize, these are the form of notes that, that you just get from the administrators and division heads while you’re making a present.
What’s the distinction between engaged on a present like “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and “Dancing With The Stars”?
Oh, there’s an enormous distinction as a result of that’s extra character-driven while you’re engaged on one thing like Obi-Wan Kenobi after which while you’re engaged on one thing like Dancing With the Stars, it’s actually, large and daring and it’s extra magnificence and also you need the make-up to face out, in a method that’s gonna showcase the dance. And then while you’re engaged on one thing like Obi-Wan Kenobi, you didn’t need the make-up to actually overpower the character or their story or what’s taking place.
And you additionally set to work on “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”, what did you do on that present?
I used to be a part of the make-up division. I used to be with the division head, Kim Colle. She known as me in to assist create the Courtney character and work on a lot of different completely different characters. To collaborate on the appears to be like of the present and on that present was nice as a result of we needed to be actually artistic on. Oh, and we did “Frozen” for “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”. And that was plenty of enjoyable.
Courtney had a few appears to be like and was additionally coping with anxiousness. How does that impression on the make-up used?
Courtney’s character is form of a make-up artist really on the character on the present. Courtney is a make-up artist, however she’s a make-up artist on a price range. So we really integrated plenty of price range make-up, or drugstore make-up into her appears to be like to make it actually genuine. Um, after which, you recognize, the entire anxiousness factor, you recognize, we performed loads along with her make-up as a result of she was all the time form of like totally accomplished. Like her character was one of many characters that was all the time, you recognize, in full face. Even if she was tenting, she had it. Yeah, she, this, this, this season was camp, uh, Camp Shadow Lake, and she or he was totally accomplished at Camp . It was superb.
How vital is variety in your line of labor?
Oh yeah, properly, I actually pleasure myself on having the ability to do all pores and skin tones and, whatnot. It’s Hollywood it’s actually diversifying their departments, so we actually need illustration within the trailers, and it was vital to the division heads to have illustration.  Both division heads on the exhibits that we’re speaking about to have illustration in trailers. We have been doing Elsa on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”, which was sn African American character and it was gonna be like the primary black Elsa, I consider, on Disney. I do know there’s been one on theater, however on TV was gonna be the primary black Elsa. So it’s actually vital to Dara that we portrayed her in that lovely gentle and that it was executed completely. So between her, Kim and I, all of us collaborated collectively and made this character, the black Elsa character, come to life, and I feel she did an attractive job. It regarded actually, actually lovely. I’m pleased with it.

You can watch “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” on Disney+ now.
Roger Palmer Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a child and this curiosity has grown over time. He has visited Disney Parks across the globe and has an unlimited assortment of Disney films and collectibles. He is the proprietor of What’s On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.

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