It’s weird how much power we still give to hair in this day and age. You’d think we’d be over that by now, but no. Long hair is still praised on women, and whenever we cut it short it’s still considered to be a controversial move. Especially when it’s done by celebrities. It’s surprising how much people care about someone’s hair or lack of it, and why they feel the need to voice their opinions on it. So, as you can probably imagine, when an actress chooses to shave all of her hair off – it’s a HUGE deal. Let’s take a look at 10 actresses who went bald for movie roles.
1. Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange
If you’ve seen Doctor Strange you’ll know that Tilda plays ‘the Ancient One’ and is completely bald in the movie. With a film that relies heavily on special effects you’d think she could’ve just worn a bald cap or used some special effects or smth, but no, Tilda chose to actually shave her head in order to make her character seem more authentic. Being the mischievous lady that she is, Tilda shaved her head and kept it secret because “It would be such fun if people don’t know anything.”
2. Karen Gillan in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Karen Gillan is most known for playing a Doctor Who companion called Amy Pond. Her long red hair was her signature look, but she shaved her head for the role of Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy. She didn’t actually think she was going to get it, but shaved her head before she even got the part, because she thought it would help her get the role. And it sure did. She was also very nonchalant about revealing her bald head by just taking off her wig at Comic-Con while she was on a panel.
3. Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road
Charlize shaved her head to play the character of Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max:Fury Road. Not only did she shave her head, but she also donned a mechanical arm, fought like a pro and handled guns like a badass. The effort definitely payed off, since her character became iconic pretty much immediately. Regarding the experience of shaving her head the actress said she found it to be very liberating. “I highly recommend it. I think every woman should do it” – said Theron.
4. Cate Blanchett in Heaven
Cate Blanchett shaved her head for a role in a movie called Heaven. She played a teacher who decides to take on the leader of drug cartel after her husband and some of her students die of an overdose. “Shaving off my hair is so liberating. I had to do it once for a film role, but I’ve done it periodically too.” – said Cate in one of her interviews.
5. Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta
To play the role of Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta not only did Natalie Portman have to shave her head for the role, but she also had to do it on camera, and she only had one take. So she had to act through it and she did it brilliantly. To this day, that scene is considered to be one of the most heart-wrenching haircuts in cinema.
6. Sigourney Weaver in Alien 3
Sigourney Weaver famously shaved her head for Alien 3, and that movie grossed more than $25 million in the opening weekend, which was more than any other movie with a lead female that year. Here’s proof you don’t need long locks to kick ass, both when it comes to fighting aliens and making a successful movie. Sigourney said that shaving her head made her feel lighter and that it definitely helped her bring out a more vulnerable side.
7. Ellen Page in Mouth To Mouth
Ellen Page, the Canadian actress you probably know from Juno, also had to shave her head for a movie called Mouth to Mouth. Even though the movie isn’t super famous, It was her first lead role. She played a teenager living on the streets who then joins a gang of runaways. In the movie, Ellen’s hair gets shorter and shorter with time and by the end she’s completely bald.
8. Demi Moore in G.I.Jane
Demi Moore shaved her head to play Jordan O’Neill in G.I.Jane. In the movie, her character is going against all odds to shun gender expectations and prove she can be a Navy Seal. She shaves her head in an attempt to be taken more seriously and prove she’s got what it takes for the job. Demi’s willingness to do the same is very admirable too. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t a success and she actually got a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her work G.I.Jane.
9. Robin Tunney in Empire Records
Robin Tunney shaved her locks off to play a punk kid with an attitude and some emotional problems. And what could possibly be more punk than a shaved head, right? Empire Records wasn’t a huge success, but it definitely was a breakthrough for Robin. She got offered a role in a horror movie The Craft afterwards.