We all have crazy urges to do something radical with our hair from time to time – whether it’s chopping it all off or trying on a bold, new shade. Fortunately for us, if we make a blunder or go too far no one usually sees it but our friends and family who are obligated to love us anyway. But when actresses show up in the gossip rags with crazy new locks, everyone becomes a critic. Luckily, most extreme Hollywood hair makeovers come with a good explanation. Here’s a collection of some of the most drastic changes and the reasons behind them.
Anne is fully committed to her upcoming “Les Mis” role, as evidenced by her new, close-cropped style. The actress is playing Fantine, a destitute prostitute who ends up chopping off her hair so she can sell it to keep food in her daughter’s belly. Rumor has it that hair isn’t the only drastic change Anne’s undertaking for the role, going on a special diet to help her better emulate the character’s frail frame.
Everyone was shocked when sweet Natalie Portman shaved her head for her role in “V for Vendetta.” But this Hollywood starlet is just too gorgeous to let a little thing like baldness overshadow her beauty. Damn! I wish I could look that good sans hair – think of all the time you could save if you didn’t have to worry about fighting those bad hair days.
You may have to do a double-take to realize this isn’t an Amy Winehouse lookalike, but Ryan Gosling’s current hottie, Eva Mendes. Eva’s flaming beehive is for the film “Holly Motors,” which tells the story of a man who travels between different lives – kinda like “Quantum Leap” but with the added bonus of monsters and murder. Mendes plays a woman from the time traveler’s past, hence the groovy beehive.
When Britney Spears shaved her head and wielded a baseball bat, the world said a collective, “WTF?” The scariest part about this drastic change is that Spears didn’t do if for a role or publicity. It was the crazy coming out. Sometimes a bald head is a giant cry for help.
Kristin’s got some of the best hair in Hollywood and even the retro shag a la Joan Jett couldn’t destroy her luxurious locks. In fact, on Kristin, the look regained its cool street cred, looking totally rock-and-roll and not dated at all. When she’s not mooning about being Bella Swan, Kristin looks like someone who might slap you as soon as kiss you, and this hairstyle definitely brings out the tough chic.
British beauty Keira Knightley traded in more than corsets and gowns for her role as female bounty hunter Domino Harvey. The role took the English rose from lush countryside and lavish period pieces and proved that she had the chops – and bone structure – to pull off grittier stuff.
The brightest witch of her age pulled a fast one on her fans when she debuted this short, pixie ‘do. It wasn’t a film role that prompted the bold statement, though, but her “graduation” from Hogwarts. The move was her way of saying goodbye to Hermione, and bracing the world to start seeing her as more than a magical know-it-all. Who says it’s only heartbreak that calls for the liberation of chopping off your locks?
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