Recently, Awards Radar got to chat with Suzy Mazzarese-Allison, the Hair Department Head responsible for transforming the actors into the iconic retro-futuristic hair looks for the new Apple TV+ series Hello Tomorrow.
Hello Tomorrow is set in a retro-futuristic world about a group of salesmen persuading people to purchase a timeshare on the moon called The Brightside. The series stars Billy Crudup, Haneefah Wood, and Hank Azaria.
In this interview, Mazzarese-Allison gives us a glimpse into her background, how she transformed the characters, and how she stayed true to the 50s looks.
Can you tell us about your background?
Suzy Mazzarese-Allison: I started working in theater doing Broadway shows. I then got my first film with Colleen Callahan, A Beautiful Mind. Then I moved up to Department Head after working in the industry for a bit and worked on many more shows/films.
How did you get involved with Hello Tomorrow?
SMA: I had worked on Apple shows before, but I interviewed with Billy Crudup and got the role of hair department head.
What was your favorite look that you designed?
SMA: Myrtle’s hair was designed into a 50s style, and Shirley with a little more 60s hair.
You depicted Myrtle’s hair to illustrate her emotional journey throughout the story. How did you achieve this?
SMA: I started her wig in a roller set and pin curls, and as time went on, I loosened the curls by brushing through the wig more. I also added some burnt hair with little extensions.
How did you stay true to the 1950s look?
SMA: I used roller sets, pin curls, and proper haircuts for the men.
Did you collaborate with other department heads to capture the retro-futuristic look?
SMA: Yes! I collaborated with Anna, the costume designer, and Stephanie, the makeup artist. They used more bright colors to make it more retro.
What was the biggest challenge?
SMA: Time to prep, weather, schedule changes.
Are you working on anything exciting that you’d like to share?
SMA: Yes! I’m doing reshoots of Insidious 5, The Penguin, and I just finished with Clive Owen on Monsieur Spade.