the hair as yellow as corn

Originally we were going to have hair that was all out, all flowing. But then we looked at it, and I did a bit of a test. It was a nightmare on set, the maintenance of it— 30, 35-foot-long hair. It [was] going to pick up everything. We’d have to employ at least three people to look after it. The plait made it a bit more practical. We decided to make it not so lovely and neat. There are bits of hair hanging out, which is how it would be if you had 35-foot-long hair.

It look three people to plait it. Each had a strand, and we did it in the corridor outside the makeup room. Literally it was like a maypole dance in the 1950s in England. Then what we did after that is we literally attached it to her head and wove her hair at the back into the plait to make it look like her own hair. [Mackenzie Mauzy] was fantastic, really professional, and we helped her with it. She’d hang it over the back of her seat when she sat down.

When you see in the film, with the Witch climbing up, that’s the real plait. The hair is very strong. What we did is in the middle of each strand, we put a very thin climbing rope and wove the three into the plait.

The idea of someone combing her hair all day was very Disney princess, and what we wanted to do was steer away from the Disney image. She’s very cross. She’s been kept up here. She’s not allowed to cut her hair. So like a teenager would, the last thing she’d do is keep it nice. You’ve got that whole teenage rebel thing… It’s all a little bit reverse psychology. I think in real life, if there’s a girl who’s always been told she has the most beautiful hair, the first thing she wants to do is cut it off.


Chris Pine as Cinderalla’s Prince in ‘Into the Woods’ (2014)

“It’s all about this kind of inner desire to be seen. And to play out this story that he’s probably been playing out in generation and generation and generation, he’s just like an LP that keeps on running itself back. And in the one moment that he’s given the opportunity to see what his effect has on Cinderella, where she says, ‘Well, look at me, I mean, look what’s happened.’ And he thinks about it for a second, you can see that it does hurt him, and he does have a moment of inner reflection but then chooses to get back on the horse and again play out the two dimensional story that he has been playing out for generations. So I had a lot of fun playing a guy with big hair and you know, a tan, and just loving himself, it was a joy.”