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Jennifer Grey Reveals How Jamie Lee Curtis Helped Her Transform Into Gwen Shamblin for Lifetime Movie

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Jamie Lee Curtis and Jennifer Grey attend the Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment gala presented by Lifetime on December 07, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Jamie Lee Curtis and Jennifer Grey attend the Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment gala presented by Lifetime on December 07, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/WireImage)

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Jennifer Grey received some help from friend and fellow actress Jamie Lee Curtis when preparing for her latest role.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight published Thursday, the 62-year-old Dirty Dancing star revealed the advice Curtis gave her on how to best transform into the lead role for Lifetime biopic Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation.

One of the visual aspects of the Shamblin role is a distinctive teased, bleached-blond hairstyle. The first-time Academy Award nominee explained that Curtis steered her in the right direction to achieve this look.

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"She said, 'Well, you have to go with Rob Pickens. He's the best wigmaker. He just did my Halloween wigs [and] he did Ana de Armas for Blonde.'"

Grey didn't argue. "When she tells me with that kind of stern voice, I do what she says, and so I called [Pickens]."

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Jennifer Grey attends the Marvel Studios "Captain Marvel" premiere on March 04, 2019 in Hollywood, California. , Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey attends the Marvel Studios "Captain Marvel" premiere on March 04, 2019 in Hollywood, California. , Jennifer Grey

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According to Deadline, in November Grey signed on to play Shamblin, a controversial religious leader who founded a wildly popular Christian diet program and later, the Remnant Fellowship Church in Tennessee.

A few days after sealing the role, Grey shared a first look of her role transformation on Instagram.

"Call me gwen #starvingforsalvation #gwenshamblin@lifetime," she wrote alongside a photo of herself sporting long blond hair and smoky eye makeup, while crediting Pickens and hairstylist Lyne Lapiana.

The film comes after the success of HBO docuseries The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin, which chronicled the rise and fall of the cult leader.

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Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation premieres Saturday on Lifetime.