Jennifer Grey's 'incredible transformation' has caught Michael J Fox's attention

Ashley Bautista November 24, 2022
Jennifer Grey's 'incredible transformation' has caught Michael J Fox's attention
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Dirty Dancing alum Jennifer Grey goes into a major transformation for her upcoming role as American author and cult leader Gwen Shamblin. Remember her short, curly brunette locks from her Baby days? They are gone!

The actress shared a sneak peek of her new character with her fans, and they were in disbelief. This is the second time Jennifer has shared her transformation in recent weeks.

The film titled Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation will focus on the death and story of Gwen Shamblin Lara, the founder of the Remnant Fellowship, a religious organization.

In 2021, Gwen died after her private jet crashed into a lake in Tennessee minutes after take-off. The incident also killed another six church leaders, including her husband and son-in-law.

The anticipated film is set to be released in February 2023.

An unrecognizable Jennifer Grey as Gwen Shamblin

On November 22, Jennifer took to Instagram to reveal to her fans her character in the upcoming Lifetime film. It will also become her first movie as a lead actress since 2019’s Bittersweet Symphony.

“Call me Gwen,” she simply wrote in her caption.

Jennifer gave a first sneak peel to her 370k fans ten days earlier, and fans couldn’t believe her transformation. Throughout the years, Shamblin’s hair dramatically changed and became larger, thicker, and volumized.

She’s also not the only actress to interpret her character. American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson will play the same role in a scripted adaptation as part of HBO’s docuseries, The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin.

Fans in shock, including Michael J Fox

The 62-year-old actress, who is best known for playing Frances ‘Baby’ opposite Patrick Swayze in the 1980s iconic Dirty Dancing, left fans in shock seeing her completely unrecognizable for her new role.

The comment section was quickly flooded with comments from fans gushing about her transformation, as well as expressing their excitement seeing a new side of the actress.

A fan commented: “You just look like here!”

“Wow! What a transformation,” another added.

A third fan wrote: “Totally different person.”

On asked: “What the even….!!! Is that YOU??”

“Ok… You have my full attention now,” commented actor Michael J Fox, who was just as shocked as the rest.

Who is Gwen Shamblin?

Gwen Shamblin. Screenshot from HBO Max’s YouTube: The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin | Official Trailer | HBO Max

Gwen Shamblin Lara was an American author and the founder of the Christian diet program, The Weigh Down Workshop. It was a weight-loss program without restricting foods, exercise regimes, or calorie counting. Instead, the workshop taught using God’s strength rather than willpower.

The diet, which encouraged “food to become the master”, gained popularity during the 90s with more than 250,000 participants worldwide. She was also the founder of the Remnant Fellowship.

Following her controversial years, she passed away at the age of 66 with six others church leaders, including her husband Joe and son-in-law Brandon Hannah.

They were victims of the 1982 Cessna Citation 501 private jet crash bound for Palm Beach, Florida. The plane crashed in Tennessee shortly after takeoff on May 29, 2021.

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Ashley is a journalism graduate from Kingston University, currently writing for HITC, Reality Titbit and The Focus. She loves to travel and learn new languages and cultures. She also has an interest in celebrity news and the entertainment world. When she’s not writing, she’s on social media, watching K-dramas or shopping.