“She has probably the amount of three people’s heads on her one head,” Marcel Dagenais says about the “incredible hair” of “Russian Doll” star Natasha Lyonne in an exclusive interview with Gold Derby (watch the video above) about his role on the new Netflix dramedy as head hairstylist. He explains, “Without any love or any kind of styling, it can get very large, so with that, I was just trying to contain it and really define the curl, while still trying to make it cool and not too overdone.” Drawing inspiration from 80s rock stars like Lita Ford of The Runaways and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Dagenais explains that he took a “very chill, not too made-up” approach to shaping “a very New York-centric, Lower Eastside, 90s cool chick” with Lyonne’s character Nadia Vulvokov.
Dagenais has submitted his work on the season’s penultimate episode for Emmy consideration in Best Single-Camera Hairstyling. He reveals, “It was a great episode to really show each character and we had the 1986 flashback, so I thought it was a great showcase of everybody and it has each of the characters.” Dagenais will also contend with his work on the fifth season of the Comedy Central sitcom “Broad City,” which features Ilana Glazer‘s character Ilana Wexler creating miniature wigs for phone cases based on the hair of her friends and celebrities. “I really don’t think someone who doesn’t work with wigs could really figure out how to make a phone wig because you have to lay them so perfectly, so that was a challenge,” Dagenais muses about his 16 designs before concluding, “It was a very interesting experience and I feel like I learned a lot and as far as practicality goes, I don’t know if you could use your camera with them, but they do look cute with the wig on it.”
“Broad City” has ended its run; “Russian Doll” is expected to return, but has not been renewed officially since the release of the first season in January. Dagenais adds, “I haven’t heard anything and I spoke to Natasha a couple weeks ago. We don’t know, so I have no idea. I hope it comes back. It was such a unique show.”
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