MARVEL’S INHUMANS features superheroes with a variety of powers—and even a giant teleporting dog—including a mutant named Medusa (Serinda Swan) with red, nearly floor-length, prehensile hair that can be used as a weapon.
That means Swan has to wear a red, nearly floor-length wig, which, she told reporters at a 2017 Television Critics Association panel for the show, weighs quite a bit in real life.
“It’s very heavy. You put it on and everyone’s like, ‘you have such good posture, you’re so regal.’ No, my head is being pulled backwards, that’s why my neck was up like this,” she joked.
An experienced Hollywood wig-maker is responsible for the wig’s creation, and the product was a work in progress.
“It’s never been done before. So you know, there’s gonna be issues and there’s gonna be trials and tribulations, there’s gonna be incredible things,” Swan said. “With the CGI, there was actually software they had to go in and build for it. If we only did things that were perfect, we would never start. It’s a really phenomenal start.”
But the reality of wearing such a huge wig is not exactly fun.
“There were definitely days shooting in Hawaii shooting with a four-pound red wig down to my shins and it felt like a very warm cat snuggling my head. One that I’m probably allergic to. One cast of wind went from real cute to like, an emergency. If you hug somebody sometimes you get stuck. It was interesting, you feel sort of Cher-like and fabulous, but then it also changes you and you hold yourself differently,” Swan said.
She continued, “There’s everyday Medusa where you see her just relaxing, sitting here, and there’s moments where you see her in danger there’s movement like she wants to protect herself. So there’s a mixture of feeling the real thing and trusting Marvel with the CGI… My wig’s got attitude, see the little flip she has. It’s like a second character to live with, like a serious roommate that is just always up in your business.”
Marvel’s Inhumans premieres Friday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. on ABC.