Gorgeous actresses transform themselves into a completely different look for that one exceptional role. They don’t mind veering away from the cute and pretty stereotype. Instead, they choose a largely unattractive but compelling character. At the end of the day, the recognition from fans and critics make it all worth it.
1. Hilary Swank
If there’s a powerful performance worth mentioning, it has to be from Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry. Her role as Brandon Teena, a transgender man, gained her a lot of accolades. But when you see this actress on the red carpet, she’s just as beautiful as fashion models.
2. Charlize Theron
Anyone who’s seen Monster will never believe that the alluring Charlize Theron played the lead character. Her role as Aileen Wuornos, a real-life killer, landed her an Oscar-winning performance. Forget her statuesque frame because she gained a lot of weight for this portrayal.
3. Anne Hathaway
The A-list actress had her big break as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries. Her role as a clumsy, frizzy-haired high school girl gained her new fans. But soon enough, her beauty shone through at the end of the movie when she was declared a royalty.
4. Taryn Manning
For Orange is the New Black, Taryn traded her gold locks and vibrant skin for pitch black hair and pale color. Her character Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett, is a meth addict that claims to be saved by Christ. Anyone who is familiar with the actress knows she is nothing like the popular character in the series.
5. Emma Thompson
Emma is a stunning English actress known for her role in Love Actually. However, she took a different turn when she played the scary Nanny McPhee. Complete with a big nose, wrinkly skin, and snaggletooth, her character wasn’t received warmly by fans. But rest assured she’ll be taking more roles that fit her beauty.
6. Cameron Diaz
When you see Cameron on commercials and magazines, her beauty is breathtaking. However, you’ll second guess her looks in the movie Being John Malkovich. Her frizzy hair and no make up makes her virtually unrecognizable.
7. Naomi Grossman
Perhaps the most dramatic change of all is Naomi’s role in American Horror Story: Asylum. To get into her character Pepper, she has to endure hours and hours of make up. The result is a bald, buck tooth, and big ear frightful transformation.
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