Former Willard resident in top three of 'Face Off' TV contest

Mar 17 2011 - 7:56pm

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(ISABELLA VOSMIKOVA/Syfy) Gage Hubbard, formerly of Willard, competes in the finale of “Face Off.”
(ISABELLA VOSMIKOVA/Syfy) Gage Hubbard, formerly of Willard, competes in the finale of “Face Off.”

Win or no win, Freddy Krueger would be proud.

The infamous horror villain is the inspiration for Gage Hubbard's special-effects makeup career, a career that hit a high point Wednesday as Hubbard competed in the season finale of "Face Off."

The former Willard resident did not win the TV reality series, but was one of the top three contestants. The winner was Conor McCullagh, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, who received $100,000 and a year's supply of makeup.

"We all wanted to win and it was tough," said Hubbard in a phone interview from Hollywood on Wednesday after the finale aired. But, he added, "I loved my final makeup; I feel like I did really, really amazing."

The last episode required the contestants to re-create classic fairy tale characters with a specific theme. Hubbard brought to life "Industrial Hansel and Gretel," which earned praise from the panel of three judges.

"I think Gage knocked it out of the park tonight. He totally blew me away," said Ve Neill, makeup artist for "Edward Scissorhands" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, during the program.

Hubbard, 26, explained in the Syfy channel program, "The witch gets the kids; it doesn't have a happy ending."

The best part of the competition was meeting the other 11 contestants and being given different challenges each week, Hubbard said.

"The hardest challenge, hands down, for me was the disguise challenge," he said, in which he had to disguise himself as a store clerk and wait on someone he knew.

"That one had me awake at night and really sweating," the Ogden native said.

Being a part of "Face Off" shows that being a makeup artist is more than just painting, Hubbard said: "I can tell a full story, I can create full characters," he said.

He hopes the experience will lead to more opportunities in special effects but also in writing and directing.

Hubbard -- who also works under the name Gage Munster, in honor of his favorite spooky family -- graduated from Box Elder Community High School in 2002 and now lives in Pasadena, Calif.

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