Evan Hedges: No. Absolutely not. I went into it just like anybody else hoping for the best, preparing for the worst. I was honestly just humbled to make it past the first three challenges. To make it all the way to the end — I was shocked.
EH: I think people like to focus their energy on saying negative things. It seems easier. I definitely think both Scott and Jordan had just as much potential as I did. My personal opinion: I think maybe I did change more stuff. I seemed to become the comeback kid a little bit. I think it's sad to see people say that. It was anybody's game. I also think there [were]... a few makeups I did that didn't get a top look. I also heard a lot of fans on social media give feedback from that, too. If they want to take all that into consideration and then say I didn't deserve it, that's a different story. It is what it is. It makes me feel sad that people are that negative about a TV show, but that's just the reality of it. I'm bummed that Scott couldn't have been there with me. If he would've made it, or Jordan would've made it, I would've been just as happy and I would have thought they definitely deserved it just as much as I did.
EH: Some of the comments that I don't appreciate [are] that I suck and I haven't done anything good on the show. That's ridiculous. I may not be the most confident about my work, but I'm pretty proud of a lot of the makeups I've done. I've heard comments like that, and it is what it is.
EH: Yeah, I was. I thought I had a chance. Even Ben was like, "Dude, you might win this thing." I thought the final makeup that I did was pretty awesome. I was very proud of it. I thought, "Holy crap. I might have a chance. I can't believe me and my team were able to create that." I was a little surprised, but Nora is a really good friend of mine and I definitely think she earned it. But yeah, I thought I had a chance for sure. My heart was racing.
EH: I think I was actually very down on myself about the first part of the challenge as far as that thing I made. Mine was probably most on the bottom in that episode as far as the lighting test. I was like, either way, if we didn't add a third character I would've redone it anyway [see before and after redesign makeups below]. I was so excited to do a third character. I was like, "If we're gonna do a third character, we might as well redo that one because I don't like it at all. I do not want it at the finals." I think it was a very smart decision. I was happy to do a third character. I was so pumped and ready to do this. Now that there's an evolution of this, we can make something super awesome. I was excited. That's why I think it came out the way it did. I was just so into it.
SK: The judges loved your third character. Tell us what it took to create that successful makeup.
EH: I'm a huge fan of The Thing. It's like my ultimate, favorite movie. A lot of influences [from the film] were put in that. In the script [for the challenge], there [are] these giant claw marks on the wall. I was like, "What could that be?" Let's make him have no hands; his hands have just evolved into these mutant claws. He's just an endless, growing, festering thing of bone and whatever it is from this disease. I really think those claw marks influenced my design a lot. I knew I had to have that in there. I kept thinking [of] the South Park character ManBearPig [laughs]. I just wanted to do something that was really bizarre, but made sense. That could be an action figure or something.
EH: It's a hard one. I really love my Death character. That was one of my favorite makeups that I did. I got some interesting feedback. Lots of positive feedback, but a lot of that [said] it was copied from Attack on Titan, which is an anime that I literally have never heard of until they started bringing it up. Also, my alien from The Gatekeeper's Challenge, I really love that one, too. I'd say probably the Death character is my favorite this season.
EH: Yeah, we're working together right now, actually.
EH: It was awesome. It was really great that we both got accepted to be on this season. I don't think it would have been the same without him. Us both going there really helped us get through it. If we didn't get on it [together], it would have been kind of begrudging: "Well you got to go on and I didn't." I'm just glad we both got to go on the show. I think it made the experience that much more awesome for us.
EH: I think he auditioned for Season 3 or 4, but it was my very first time auditioning.
EH: Yes. I picked Kevon because I knew that I could just look at him and go, "OK, dude, we gotta do this. You know how I work, I know how you work. Let's go and do it." That was a really big advantage for me to have him on my team. That was the same way with the wedding challenge, because we were on a team for that. I already knew his work ethic. That's how we do it here [at the haunted house].
EH: I'm the art director for 13th Floor Entertainment Group. We're a haunted-house franchise. We own the 13th Floor and the House of Torment. We have multiple locations in the country. I basically do a lot of set design. My main job as the art director is I design icon characters for the haunts. I make silicon masks and full suits. I basically just supply all of the haunted houses with our characters. Me and Kevon run the shop here, and we just come up with new characters and make them for our haunted attractions.
EH: Yeah, we went on a little tour to all the different markets to promote the 13th Floor and Face Off. People have been coming to Denver to meet me and Kevon and see the haunt. It's been a really great year for us.
EH: Some of the things that they don't show. The way they edit things always surprises me. I really enjoyed the way they put our season together. It's television, but I think some of the things they didn't show [are surprising]. I helped a lot of people on the show. One of the things they didn't show on The Gatekeeper Challenge was me actually opening Nora and Jasmine's mold, which I was surprised about.
EH: Of course I was bummed out, and I'm sure Ben was a little bit, too. At the same time, I was really happy that she won. She definitely deserved it. We're both Savini students [iconic makeup effects artist Tom Savini], and we're very proud of that... Just as long as a Savini won. Not that we didn't [want] Ben to win — we would've been just as happy — but I think that was our goal because we have an intimate connection with the school. I was very, very happy for her. She definitely deserved [it]. Of course, I wish I would have won. I was that close, but that kind of stuff happens. I'm happy that I made it that far. That's me winning. If I had just made it to the top five, I would have been just as happy. Very, very awesome that she won.
EH: No. We didn't go to school together. She literally graduated the same day she went to get on the show. She's like at graduation and then flew out to be on the show. I graduated in 2007, and she had just recently graduated. We were a few semesters apart.
EH: I know a lot of people that say I'm kind of serious, but my personality on the show is not a reflection of the person I actually am. I guess that's kind of what they do on TV. There were just so many moments where everything was so funny, and we had such a great time. They edit it for stress and worry, but I think there [were] just tons more fun times.
EH: Absolutely. In a second. I think watching the show air [is] almost like watching a football team that you're gonna go against to see their plays — it's the same exact way I felt about watching the show. I would go back in a second and do a lot of things differently. I think I would do a much better job the second time.
EH: I would just not worry as much. I think I would take my own internal advice instead of being influenced. I think a lot of times [mentor Michael] Westmore would say something and I would just take it like, OK, that's what I have to do. I think I would just really listen to myself a little more and do what I thought, as opposed to what I think the judges want to see. I think [that in] some of the challenges I won, that's what I did.
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