11 Actresses Who Drastically Change Their Appearance for New, Challenging Roles
Not every woman is ready to sacrifice her beauty, even for a short while. And if this woman is an actress, it’s a sign of her professionalism. It’s not an easy task to hide your looks behind glasses and a thick layer of makeup, but some movie stars handle it admirably.
Julia Roberts: Pretty Woman and America’s Sweethearts
After the striking success of Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts played the role of Kiki, a girl who lived in the shadow of her own sister, in the movie America’s Sweethearts. Eventually, Kiki transformed from a plain girl into a beauty, and she won the heart of her sister’s boyfriend.
Olivia Wilde: The Change-Up and The Lazarus Effect
In one production, we can see the charming Sabrina who is the main character’s colleague in The Change-Up, and in another, the medical researcher, Zoe, who becomes uncontrollably aggressive and mad after taking an innovative serum in the movie, The Lazarus Effect. Wilde acts great in both roles.
Tilda Swinton: Hail, Caesar! and Snowpiercer
Tilda Swinton can be called a chameleon; she easily changes her appearance and mannerisms from one role to another. In Hail, Caesar!, the actress played both Thora Thacker and Thessaly Thacker, feuding identical twin sister gossip columnists. In the movie Snowpiercer, she played Minister Mason. Critics told: “She is the life and soul of this riotous party, and you will be sad to see her disposed of, no matter that Mason’s ghastly manner has earned it.”
Alyson Hannigan: the American Pie film series and Date Movie
Here she is as the pretty Michelle in the American Pie film franchise as well as the obese Julia in Date Movie. Hannigan is great in both roles.
Helena Bonham Carter: The Crown series and the Harry Potter film series
Helena Bonham Carter can surprise anyone. After seeing her in the role of the fanatic villain in the Harry Potter films, viewers were surprised to see her as Princess Margaret in The Crown series. The actress diligently studied the princess’s biography to make her performance authentic.
Kaley Cuoco: The Big Bang Theory TV series and To Be Fat Like Me
Kaley Cuoco became popular thanks to her role as Penny, an attractive neighbor of Leonard and Sheldon. In the movie, To Be Fat Like Me, the actress plays a pretty athlete who tries on the life of a fat girl to prove to others that personality can outshine physical appearance.
Sarah Paulson: Mrs. America and American Horror Story: Hotel
In the Mrs. America TV series, Paulson’s character is a pretty homemaker, Alice Macray, who eventually reveals an opposite persona. In American Horror Story: Hotel, the actress plays a reckless and vulgar guest of Hotel Cortez, who has a dark personality.
Jodie Foster: Sommersby and Hotel Artemis
Jodie Foster is known for her amazing transformations. In Sommersby, she plays the loving wife of an officer who is a beautiful woman. In the movie, Hotel Artemis, Foster’s character is a hysterical woman with swollen eyelids and disheveled gray hair.
Helen Mirren: RED and The Door
Helen Mirren can play any role brilliantly, whether it’s a retired special agent in the comedy action movie, RED, or an eccentric maid in the drama, The Door.
Christine Lakin: Modern Family and The Hottie & the Nottie
Christine Lakin became famous thanks to her role as Paris Hilton’s unpretty friend in the movie, The Hottie & the Nottie. A few years later, the actress appeared in the sitcom, Modern Family, where she played a self-confident beauty.
Meryl Streep: The Devil Wears Prada and Ironweed
The queen of the glossy magazine world, Miranda Priestly, in the movie The Devil Wears Prada, and the homeless sick woman, Helen Archer, in Ironweed are completely opposite characters, proving Meryl Streep’s amazing talent.
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