Pretty stars who go gritty on screen
While makeup artists and stylists are usually there to make stars look their best, sometimes roles call for their worst.
WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon, who is the daughter of WWE chairman Vince McMahon and wife of Triple-H, dressed up as Southern single mother Sam, who is trying to learn about the wrestling company for her blog, in an episode of “Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal ditched the usual red carpet glam for a more toned-down look while filming “The Deuce” in New York City.
Melissa McCarthy in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
Melissa McCarthy looks very different as Lee Israel in the ucoming film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Her dressed-down look is a far cry from her typically well-dressed style.
Nicole Kidman in ‘The Goldfinch’
Nicole Kidman stripped away her signatured red carpet glamour to film “The Goldfinch” in New York City.
Natalie Portman in ‘Vox Lux’
Natalie Portman was spotted in punk rock wear while on the set of “Vox Lux” in New York.
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Blake Lively in ‘The Rhythm Section’
Blake Lively, is that you? The former “Gossip Girl” star stripped away her signature red carpet glamour for an almost unrecognizable look to take on her latest film role in “The Rhythm Section.” The 30-year-old wife of fellow actor Ryan Reynolds is a mother of two.
Christian Bale in ‘Backseat’
Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth
Jennifer Lopez seriously dressed down for her role in the series “Shades of Blue.” Here, JLo is seen on set for the NBC show, portraying her character Harlee Santos.
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The country singer star went incognito for a special episode of “Undercover Boss.” Rucker traveled to Austin, Texas’ famous Sixth Street to run an open mic night in search of standout street performers in an episode airing May 12 on CBS.
Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding
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Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris looks completely different with no hair and a long beard while filming in Vancouver for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ on May, 6 2016.
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Kacey Musgraves looked far from her glamorous self in her new music video for her sit single “Biscuits.” She put her hair up in a hat, had dirt smudged on her face and wore a fake mustache (left) in one of the video’s scenes.
Is that really you Kevin Bacon? The actor tweeted out a selfie looking like he’s been eating too much bacon lately. “The Following” star didn’t offer an explanation for his strange look, he simply wrote, “Greetings from the U.K.” to his Twitter followers. Many online speculated that the actor was wearing makeup for an upcoming television advertisement.
Felicity Huffman’s look in her new show “American Crime” is a far cry from her “Desperate Housewives” character. The actress’ grandmotherly outfit, drab hair and makeup-free face gave the star a grittier look than her typical red carpet look (left).
Emma Stone was just one of the many stars to perform on “Saturday Night Live’s” 40-year special. “The Help” star donned a frizzy black wig to play the late Gilda Radner’s famous “SNL” character Roseanne Roseannadanna.
All of the actors on “Orange Is the New Black” underwent makeunders for their roles as prison inmates on the hit Netflix original series, but Taryn Manning’s transformation is perhaps the most shocking. The 36-year-old dons long brown hair extensions and fake teeth to play her meth-addicted character Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett.
Jennifer Aniston showed off her dramatic side in the Golden Globe-nominated film “Cake.” The 45-year-old went sans makeup (L) and it was “terrifying” to step out of her comfort zone, she said. “It was a terrifying, risky thing but I just said, ‘You’ve got to try. At this point, who cares?
Natalie Dormer shaved half of her head to play “Hunger Games” character Cressida. We definitely prefer Dormer’s long locks and beautiful gowns of her “Game of Thrones” character Margaery Tyrell.
James Franco debuted a terrifying new “do.” The actor shaved his head for an upcoming role in “Zeroville,” the film based on Steve Erickson’s book of the same name. The creepy fake mustache he also debuted completed the less-than attractive look.
Taylor Swift in ‘Ew’
Swift showed off her geeky side in a skit for the “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon (C). The singer transformed into Natalie, a 14-year-old girl with a band aid collection. “My mom hasn’t let me watch television since Miley Cyrus twerked,” Swift’s alter ego said. Watch the hilarious clip here.
Vergara shocked onlookers as the actress stepped out with disheveled hair, smudged lipstick and tatty sweats. This new look is far from Vergara’s usual form-fitting clothes and blown-out hair. Fortunately, the star’s scary look is merely for a scene for her hit show “Modern Family.” Click here for more pictures of Sofia’s less than flattering look.
Usually we’d want to be anything but “Just Friends” with Ryan Reynolds. The normally chiseled star donned a fat suit for his role in the 2005 film.
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A prosthetic nose, fake teeth and several layers of makeup transformed the British actress into the unfortunate-looking Nanny McPhee.
Before Anne’s “The Princess Diaries” character underwent a royal makeover, she was frizzy to a fault. But the not-so-glamorous role still put her on the map.
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The sexy blonde bombshell went grungy, bare-faced brunette for her role as a social worker in 2009’s “Precious.”
Cameron Diaz in “Annie”
Blonde beauty Cameron Diaz looked harsh for her role as Ms. Hannigan in the “Annie” remake.
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Javier Bardem in “Skyfall”
Penelope Cruz’s hubby was almost unrecognizable in the Bond film “Skyfall.” The makeup was over the top and his contacts and lighter hair color were downright scary.
And this wasn’t even the part when he took out his … well we won’t say in case you haven’t seen it yet.
But he’s not the only actor who has had to play down his natural good looks to play a part.
Click through for some more stars who had to spend lots of time in hair and makeup to look this bad.
Matthew McConaughey in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
The usually buff actor lost almost 40-pounds to play Ron Woodruff, a hard-living man with HIV for the 2013 drama due out in December.
It’s quite early, but Oscar buzz for McConaughey has already begun.
Jared Leto in ‘Chapter 27’
Jared’s boyish good looks are normally on display on screen, but he went practically incognito when he played Mark David Chapman in 2007. It was hard to believe that it was even him.
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Christian Bale in ‘The Machinist’
The Aussie actor had originally intended on losing close to 100 pounds for the 2004 role, but directors insisted that a 60-pound weight-loss was more than sufficient to portray the emaciated machinist.
When Jon hit the screen as “Napoleon Dynamite” in 2004, audiences didn’t really know that the man behind the frizz wasn’t so bad.
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The gorgeous blue-eyed blonde was unrecognizable with dark eyes and red frizzy hair in “Being John Malkovich.”
Audiences are used to seeing one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive as an action hero, but as a fat older dude? That was an adjustment when Matt starred in “The Informant!” (2009)
Russell went with grey hair and a beer gut to play a CIA officer in “Body of Lies.” The fact that he was starring opposite heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio made him look even worse.
The brunette stunner had to go with a “plain Jane” look for “An Invisible Sign” in 2010. Not surprisingly, even simple and understated looks good on her.
It seems as though Johnny Depp has always played down his looks for his craft. It started back with “Edward Scissorhands” in 1990 and he put on the white makeup again for “Sweeney Todd” in 2007.
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