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Interview: Award Winning Makeup Designer Donald Mowat on ‘Moon Knight’ and Cultivating Productive Hollywood Relationships

If you want to know that someone is good at their job, there’s a few ways to do it. When it comes to Donald Mowat, you can obviously look at the work. The makeup designer has been nominated for an Academy Award (just this past year for Dune), won an Emmy Award, and has been a part of several Oscar-cited productions, like The Fighter, Skyfall, Prisoners, Nightcrawler, Sicario, Blade Runner 2049, and First Man. In addition to these films, you can tell that Mowat is well-regarded in his craft by how many actors he’s continued to do makeup for. If you’re getting calls back to work with Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and more (not to mention filmmaker Denis Villeneuve), you know you’re doing something right. Recently, I hopped on Zoom to chat with Mowat as his latest project, the Marvel series Moon Knight, competes for Emmy attention. Today, I bring that discussion to you!

Below, you can see my conversation with Mowat. Moon Knight is obviously the focus, but we went in several different directions. I’d long been a Facebook friend with Mowat, so it was not only great to talk to an expert in his field, but to finally be (virtually) face to face with the man. Again, we definitely get into Moon Knight and the work he did for Isaac and the cast, but I also wanted to focus on how clearly well he builds relationships in Hollywood. It all makes for a really interesting chat, one I think you all will get a kick out of. If you haven’t watched Moon Knight yet, it’s streaming on Disney+, so get to it…

Here now is my interview with Moon Knight‘s Emmy winning and Oscar nominated makeup designer Donald Mowat. Enjoy:

Moon Knight is streaming on Disney+ right now!


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Written by Joey Magidson

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