How 'Mad Men's' Kiernan Shipka Transformed Into 'The Shining's' Grady Twins (Video)
This image first appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine as a part of the Masters of Horror feature.
Kiernan Shipka has been living in another decade for several seasons as Don Draper's outspoken daughter Sally on Mad Men, but for THR's Horror Issue, the starlet chose to be transported to yet another time and place -- namely, the Overlook Hotel.
Shipka, who soon will take her own stab at horror when she stars in Lifetime's adaptation of Flowers in the Attic, brought to life the iconic Grady twins from The Shining.
"It's such a psychological thriller. There's so much hidden detail," says the actress of the 1980 classic, based on the novel by Stephen King. And though she's only 13, Shipka already is a King fan: "His stories are so twisted. They make you think, and I think that's what horror is about."
To bring to life the stunning re-creation, The Hollywood Reporter enlisted set designers Jen Revit and Ben Spiegelman and photographer Ramona Rosales. Over a few hours, Revit and Spiegelman created the infamous hotel hallway, paying attention to the smallest details, including the crown molding, the runner carpet and the wallpaper.
Shipka was styled by THR's Carol McColgin, who dressed her in an ALICE by Temperley dress from the British designer's resort 2014 collection. The outfit, which is baby blue silk organza with lace panels, was completed with a pink ribbon at the waist. Shipka wore vintage lace socks and black suede Mary Jane platform pumps by Miu Miu.
One of the biggest challenges for Rosales, makeup artist Lauren Gott and hairstylist Bridget Brager was to make Shipka look creepy, but still beautiful. They created a slightly more polished look for the actress, compared to what the Grady twins (played by real-life twins Lisa and Louise Burns) looked like in the original.
Photographed on Oct. 3 at Milk Studios in Hollywood, Shipka was shot as one of the twins, while a stand-in posed as the other, then Shipka was moved to the other spot. In postproduction, the two shots were melded together to create the twins. One version of Shipka was made slightly taller than the other to match the original.
"I think it's freaky because it looks so real," says Shipka. "Seeing yourself as a twin is really weird."
But if there were another Shipka walking around, the Mad Men star says she'd use her to make her life a bit easier. "I would just make her try on all my clothes so I didn't have to do all that. I can just make her do everything for me," she laughs.