Josh Turi grew up in Hillsdale, got his education in Hillsdale and in the Bergen County school system, and lives in Hillsdale with his wife, Kim, and stepson, Mitchell. So it is no surprise that for our sit-down interview with the high-energy, Emmy Award-winning film and television makeup artist, we're sitting at Starbucks...in Hillsdale.
Turi's mother was a location caterer, and he'd visit sets with her. "I got interested in makeup at around 10 years old," he says. "I saw a makeup artist working on a set and I just watched and watched. He thought I was an extra and put a latex makeup on me. I still have that in a box."
From that point on, his interest was makeup. "I earned my first paycheck at 16, and this is what I've been doing ever since – traditional makeup, monster makeup, effects makeup, mechanical things, all of it. I've been with Saturday Night Live for 11 years and now I'm credited as key makeup artist and lab supervisor." Turi has also worked on Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., Wendigo, Across the Universe and Men in Black III. And he just worked on a horror film called Gut.
"People really don't see this part of Jersey. Hillsdale is this little town where I can drive down the road and wave at every human we see. Everyone knows you. The hot dog lady knows what you're ordering. Kids are running around. And career-wise, it's perfect. I get up every morning in this beautiful community and drive across that bridge and into the craziness. I deal with that all day and come home at night, and there are two deer sitting on my front lawn.
"We go to Peppercorns a lot, over in Park Ridge. I go to Broadway Joe's for bagels. Joe named a sandwich after me. There's not a week that I don't go to Casa Del Sole and pop a Roman Fiesta down. One of the things that keeps me in Bergen County is the food. If I'm in Hackensack for work, because there are a couple of supply houses there, I have to go to White Manna. You have to. It's the little places we love.
"We stay local whenever we can. My wife and I see our movies in Westwood or Washington Township. I like local theaters. If we go to The Pascack Theatre, we'll run over to Conrad's to get a vanilla shake first. That's just awesome. It's a fun night out."