"In real life, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” star Paz de la Huerta is envied for her flat, toned tummy.
So when a completely nude, heavily pregnant Lucy appeared on Sunday night’s episode, fans stared at their screens in disbelief, wondering: How’d they do that?
So we went to HBO to find out.
“The majority of it was done with makeup,” Michele Paris, the department head of the “Boardwalk Empire” makeup department, tells FOX411.com. “With Paz’s body language, the lighting and they way she turns and carries herself, we were able to conceal the edges. I know that visual effects may have done a little bit near the edges of her back bra strap line in post-production, but from what I understand, there were minimal visual effects.”
Lucy’s faux belly took a lot of prep work.
“We sat down with the writers and the director to discuss how far along Lucy was in her pregnancy. Then, we sent Paz to a prosthetic house, W. M. Creations, where they did a bust impression of her stomach,” Paris said. “We needed the impression because even though it is a mass-produced belly, we wanted the edges to be nice and clean.”
Once the prosthetic was made, it took almost three hours to apply, all before a 12-hour day of shooting. “It was a two-person job, it’s a pretty big prosthetic piece,” Paris explained. “It’s foam, so it weighs about 3-4 lbs. My assistant, Craig Lindberg, and I attached the prosthetic to the front of Paz’s stomach with glue, and then wrapped it around to the center of her back. We centered the edges with the curvature of her back, so we were really able to conceal where the prosthetic begins and ends. We also airbrushed and painted on veins to give it life and texture.”
De la Hurta, for her part, was a good sport during the prosthetic’s application.
“She was a trooper, she embraced it,” says Paris. “She loved playing pregnant, studying to be pregnant. It’s not easy to be pretty, sexy and pregnant. But for Paz, she had to hide her sexiness and really take away from who she is to become the Lucy character.”
For De la Huerta, it’s all in a day’s work.
“I consider myself one of the rare artists that are left,” de la Huerta recently told Flaunt magazine. “I don’t even consider myself an actress. I consider myself a channel. I kind of live through every character I play.