“Face Off” crowned a winner Tuesday (Oct. 27), with host McKenzie Westmore handing out the $100,000 prize and title of best designer. Warning — don’t keep reading if you don’t want to be spoiled on the outcome.
After a grueling three-creature final project in which each finalist made his or her own short film, Nora Hewitt was crowned the winner of Season 9, beating finalists Evan Hedges and Ben Ploughman. Hewitt only won one competition outright during the season as a whole, but she was in the top group five times (more than any other designer) and was only in the bottom group once.
Hewitt tells Zap2it that “winning ‘Face Off’ is everything.”
“It is overwhelming, unexpected and something that I am still trying to let sink in,” says the Season 9 winner. “My goal was to just make it through a few episodes, I didn’t think I would be taking home the whole thing.”
She credits her fellow finalists for teaching her so much over the course of the season.
“Evan and Ben are both amazing artists and were stiff competition. I really wanted it to be one of them because they are both so great, and I learned so much from them through the season,” says Hewitt. “Coming right out of school and heading straight to set — I never thought this would be the outcome. I learned so much from the other artists and that is something I will take with me throughout my career.”
Hewitt also reveals that The Gatekeeper as her favorite challenge of the season and says that she’s moving to Los Angeles in November to “dive in head first and start [her] career.”
“I want to try and work in every shop I can and just start making movies,” says Hewitt. “This is what I want to do and I really just can’t wait to get started.”