On this week’s episode of Face Off, the remaining contestants looked to a higher power to find inspiration for the challenge. Host McKenzie Westmore and judge Glenn Hetrick met the group at L.A.’s St. Brendan Catholic Church — which has been used as a filming location for movies like Spiderman 3, Armageddon, and Fight Club — to tell them that they would create characters based on the biblical scenes depicted in the building’s stained glass windows.
Each contestant was then assigned one of the seven deadly sins and asked to incorporate the color associated with their sin into their makeup. “It’s so important to define the exact essence of that word before you start designing,” advised Hetrick. “I challenge you to bring it to life while trying to avoid the obvious.”
Day one went smoothly as everyone started to bring their ideas to life. Frank Ippolito joked that his gluttonous creation was inspired by “fat people” and began by crafting a huge fat suit, hoping that the ambitious scale of his design would distract from the fact that the words “gluttony” and “fat” aren’t synonymous. On day two, emotions ran high. Miranda Jory appeared panic-stricken, turning to her fellow competitors for help and butting heads with Ippolito. On day three, after the finishing touches were applied, it was on to judging. Writer/producer Bryan Fuller (Star Trek: Voyager, Heroes, Hannibal) joined the panel as this week’s guest. Jory and Tate Steinsiek wound up with the week’s top looks and Steinsiek’s creepy sloth was declared the winning look. Ippolito and Roy Wooley found themselves on the chopping block, but it was Ippolito who was sent home for failing to stick to the concept and ignoring the instructions.
EW spoke with Ippolito about what it was like being back on the show, what he would have done differently in his challenge, and what he’s been working on since filming wrapped.