How Old Was Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow in The Aviator?
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In May 2016, The Aviator actress Gwen Stefani helped pump up the crowd at 102.7 KIIS FM’s 2016 Wango Tango held at StubHub Center in California.
The then-46-year-old singer took to the stage to perform some of her throwback hits, including “Rich Girl” and “Sweet Escape,” as well as new songs like “Misery” and “Make Me Like You” from her album “This is What the Truth Feels Like.”
Gwen Stefani shows off her bleach-blonde-and-black hair at 102.7 KIIS FM’s Wango Tango 2016, held on May 14, 2016, at StubHub Center in Carson, California (Credit: WENN)
12 years earlier, she made her film debut playing Jean Harlow in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. She got the role when the director noticed Stefani appearing on a Vogue cover poster in New York City.
The Aviator was released on December 14, 2004, when Gwen Stefani was 35 years old. Her character, Jean Harlow, was only 19 years old at the time that the 1930 American pre-Code independent epic war film Hell’s Angels premiered.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes and Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow in the 2004 American epic biographical drama film The Aviator (Credit: Miramax Films / Warner Bros. Pictures)
Filming started on July 7, 2003, when she was 33 years old. Stefani turned 34 while filming was still ongoing on October 3, 2003. ” I’ve been trying out for movies for years,” Stefani told MTV News.
“Because it all comes from the same place, all the creative things inside you, and I’ve wanted to do it for a long time. But when you’re touring and writing and busy, you can’t compete with some of these actresses that are like, that’s what they do every day. But that’s one of the reasons we took a year off. I wanted to do a film.”
“It was like a dream come true,” Stefani added. “He is so elaborate, I felt like I was doing a movie. My girlfriend Sophie Muller, who does a lot of our videos, happened to be with me and documented the whole thing.”
Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani at the premiere of The Aviator in Los Angeles, California, on December 1, 2004 (Credit: Marty Hause / Startraksphoto)
“Martin Scorsese’s driving in New York City and he sees my Teen Vogue cover on the side of a bus stop shelter,” Stefani said about how she got the role.
“And he’s like, ‘Who’s that girl? Let’s get her!’ I had Leonardo DiCaprio [who’s playing Hughes] tell me the whole story in Martin Scorsese’s voice, so it was pretty bizarre.”
For her performance at 102.7 KIIS FM’s 2016 Wango Tango, she rocked a see-through embellished mesh top and a pair of shimmering Sass & Bide “Flashlight Disco” shorts.
Gwen Stefani performs at KIIS FM’s Wango Tango in Sass & Bide “Flashlight Disco” shorts and L.A.M.B. boots (Credit: WENN)
She amped up the rock ‘n’ roll vibe of the look with a pair of “Nichol” booties from her L.A.M.B. collection.
Prior to hitting the stage, Gwen gave us some major ab envy as she graced the pink carpet in a sheer bodysuit from Elisabetta Franchi’s Fall 2016 collection.
Gwen Stefani bares her abs in a sheer Elisabetta Franchi bodysuit (Credit: WENN)
She put her toned stomach on full display in the flesh-baring top, which had a high neck, long sleeves, and strategically placed black panels with gold fringe trim.
Gwen Stefani wears a sheer glittery bodysuit under a pair of paint-splattered cargo pants and fishnet tights (Credit: Apega / FayesVision / WENN)
The mom-of-three stayed true to her eclectic style by toughening up the daring number with a pair of paint-splattered army cargo pants worn over fishnet tights.
Gwen accessorized the look with stacked bangles, a couple of rings, and diamond stud earrings.
Gwen Stefani teams her dip-dyed hair with an Elisabetta Franchi bodysuit, camo-print pants, and fishnets (Credit: Apega / FayesVision / WENN)
She traded her retro hairstyle for a funkier dip-dyed do, with a deep side part and a half ponytail.
The Trolls actress wore smoky eye makeup with heavy mascara and swapped her signature red lipstick for a medium brown pout with emphasized lip liner.
Gwen Stefani wears her dip-dyed hair up in half a ponytail (Credit: WENN)
Gwen rounded out her ensemble with a pair of Christian Louboutin “Pigalle Strass” pumps.
Gwen Stefani’s feet in a pair of gold crystal embellished Christian Louboutin pumps (Credit: WENN)
These pointed-toe shoes are covered in gold crystals and have about four-inch heels.
Gwen Stefani’s feet in studded “Pigalle Strass” pumps (Credit: WENN)