Jennifer Grey, 62, looks UNRECOGNIZABLE transforming into cult leader Gwen Shamblin

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Jennifer Gray has previewed her transformation into Christian cult leader Gwen Shamblin for the upcoming Lifetime series Starving for Salvation.

The Dirty Dancing actress, 62, channeled the late diet guru beyond recognition with her signature voluminous blonde hairdo.

She threw a cold and expressionless face in a photo shared on her Instagram account on Monday.

'Call me Gwen': Jennifer Gray shared a sneak peek of her transformation into Christian cult leader Gwen Shamblin for upcoming Lifetime movie Starving for Salvation

‘Call me Gwen’: Jennifer Gray shared a sneak peek of her transformation into Christian cult leader Gwen Shamblin for upcoming Lifetime movie Starving for Salvation

“Call me gwen #starvingforsalvation #gwenshamblin @lifetime wig: @robpickens hair: @lynelapiana monitor grip: @nancydarabennett,” Jennifer captioned the photo.

Jennifer appeared to share another glimpse of her new role with a photo shared last week.

In the image, Jennifer rocked the same blonde hairdo and a heavy dose of makeup while wrapped in leopard print.

“to nothing good in Montreal,” she captioned the image.

Coming soon: Jennifer's new movie will be released early next year;  pictured May 2022

Coming soon: Jennifer's new movie will be released early next year;  pictured May 2022

Coming soon: Jennifer’s new movie will be released early next year; pictured May 2022

Starving For Salvation is about the controversial diet guru who died last year when her plane crashed into a lake.

The new Lifetime movie follows Shamblin’s success with her diet program, her megachurch Remnant Fellowship and her death, according to E!

The film follows the release of the HBO Max documentary The Way Down, which spoke to church survivors and the gruesome details of the dieting and brainwashing they faced.

Sarah Paulson will also play Gwen in a scripted adaptation of the HBO Max doc, she says deadline.

Raised in the ultra-strict Church of Christ, Shamblin was a trained dietitian who began her Weigh Down Workshops in the 1980s. Held in churches, the Weigh Down Workshops grew through word of mouth to more than 250,000 subscribers in more than 14,000 churches in 70 countries.

'Up to no good in Montreal': Pictured rocked Jennifer with the same blonde haircut and a heavy dose of makeup while wrapped in leopard print

'Up to no good in Montreal': Pictured rocked Jennifer with the same blonde haircut and a heavy dose of makeup while wrapped in leopard print

‘Up to no good in Montreal’: Pictured rocked Jennifer with the same blonde haircut and a heavy dose of makeup while wrapped in leopard print

Controversial: Starving For Salvation is about the late diet guru Gwen Shamblin, who died last year when her plane crashed into a lake

Controversial: Starving For Salvation is about the late diet guru Gwen Shamblin, who died last year when her plane crashed into a lake

Controversial: Starving For Salvation is about the late diet guru Gwen Shamblin, who died last year when her plane crashed into a lake

She expanded her business in the 1990s with merchandise, t-shirts, hats, and a slew of books such as What Would Jesus Eat?, The Divine Diet, and Body by God. Her 1997 juggernaut was a book she published titled The Weigh Down Diet.

Shamblin and her Weigh Down Diet were a “massive media hit,” said Rev. Rafael Martinez, a cult interventionist on the program. The book sold over 400,000 copies and Shamblin was featured everywhere from 20/20 to Larry King on CNN. She also embarked on national tours where followers appeared on stage holding up their bigger clothes to a cheering audience, “God took 86 pounds from me!”

By putting a biblical spin on her approach, Shamblin taught people to “honor God in your body.”

“Every time you reach for food, 15 to 20 times a day, run to God instead,” she would say.

Raised in the ultra-strict Church of Christ, Shamblin was a trained dietitian who began her Weigh Down Workshops in the 1980s.  The Weigh Down Workshops were held in churches and grew through word of mouth to over 250,000 subscribers in over 14,000 churches in 70 countries

Raised in the ultra-strict Church of Christ, Shamblin was a trained dietitian who began her Weigh Down Workshops in the 1980s.  The Weigh Down Workshops were held in churches and grew through word of mouth to over 250,000 subscribers in over 14,000 churches in 70 countries

Raised in the ultra-strict Church of Christ, Shamblin was a trained dietitian who began her Weigh Down Workshops in the 1980s. The Weigh Down Workshops were held in churches and grew through word of mouth to over 250,000 subscribers in over 14,000 churches in 70 countries

In reality, her approach to weight loss was a dressed-up version of intuitive eating, a decades-old habit of only eating when you’re hungry. Martinez said, “It was a divine revelation to her.”

Terasseee Morris said she started losing weight right away. “I liked it within two months, I had lost 27 pounds. So the program itself works and it’s just proportion control.’

In 1999, Shamblin founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood, Tennessee, with an emphasis on “helping people turn away from the love of food and turn to the love of God.”

Morris, who lost 138 pounds in 18 months, said she was told to stop eating to lose more weight. If people had lost no more than two pounds that week, they were instructed to fast. “The faster you do it, the holier you are,” she said.

The film follows the release of the HBO Max documentary The Way Down, which spoke to church survivors and the gruesome details of the dieting and brainwashing they faced.

The film follows the release of the HBO Max documentary The Way Down, which spoke to church survivors and the gruesome details of the dieting and brainwashing they faced.

The film follows the release of the HBO Max documentary The Way Down, which spoke to church survivors and the gruesome details of the dieting and brainwashing they faced.

Soon after, Shamblin began preaching that her weight-loss creed was effective in curing all the other supposed ailments of the world, praising that Remnant members were able to “break free from slavery, from drugs, alcohol , cigarettes, overeating and overspending’.

“I was advised, ‘You have to lose about four pounds a week to be in God’s good will,'” Laura Alvarez said in the second part of The Way Down.

“So then they put me on 10 bites a day,” she says. She was also told to fast every other month with absolutely nothing to eat except a few sips of broth.

The extreme starvation diet caused so much damage to Alvarez’s body that she became ill when she was first pregnant. When doctors performed a biopsy, they asked if she struggled with bulimia or anorexia. “I said, ‘I’m starving myself,’ and they said, ‘Your body has eaten away at its kidneys, that’s what it does when you’re starving.'”