9 Actresses Who Underwent *Major* Hair Transformations for a Role

From Audrey Hepburn to Gina Rodriguez.

As many an Oscars ceremony has reminded us, actresses will go to great lengths for a role—even if it means doing a complete 180 with their hair. Just last week, Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez shaved half of her head to star in Annihilation alongside Natalie Portman, who underwent a similar head-baring transformation in 2005's V for Vendetta.

From buzz cuts to adventures in an entirely new shade, here are nine of the most jaw-dropping transformations we've seen from these decidedly audacious leading ladies.

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1 Gina Rodriguez

Her Jane the Virgin character may be a goody two-shoes, but that didn't stop Rodriguez from debuting a badass undercut on the set of the forthcoming Annihilation, which is directed by Ex Machina director Alex Garland and also stars fellow chameleon Natalie Portman.

2 Demi Moore

One of the most iconic scenes of 1997's G.I. Jane finds Demi Moore shaving her head to show what she's made of in her pursuit of becoming a NAVY Seal. Two decades later, Moore's daughter Tallulah Willis had her mom give her the same buzz cut.

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3 Audrey Hepburn

Hepburn may have chopped off her long locks for her coming-of-age role in Sabrina (1954), but the modern coiffed bob became one of her signature looks in the decades that followed.

4 Natalie Dormer

Dormer's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I character is described as "a woman with a shaved head tattooed with green vines." Dormer's IRL undercut was a punk-rock take on the fictional character and we were not mad at it. You can watch all the buzz action here.

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5 Charlize Theron

Shaving her head for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) didn't just benefit Theron's art. "I had just finished two press tours and my hair was destroyed from heat damage, so I was glad to get rid of it," she said at the time. "I was also a new mom and just loved the idea of not having to style my hair every morning. The timing was perfect."

6 Cate Blanchett

Blanchett went completely bare for 2002's Heaven, and it may not be the last time. "Shaving off my hair is so liberating," she said. "At school it was probably to rebel, but I cut my hair short a few years ago and I'm thinking about doing it again."

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7 Rooney Mara

Natural brunette Mara didn't just dye her hair to become the raven-haired Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009), she also went for the chop, sporting a messy pixie cut.

8 Natalie Portman

Portman had no qualms about parting with her long brown locks for her heart-rending role in 2005's V for Vendetta. The actress rehearsed the scene with help from volunteer guys in the crew.

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9 Vanessa Hudgens

It's hard to imagine Hudgens, who is always one for waist-grazing waves, with a cropped 'do, but she bravely parted with them to play a pregnant, homeless teen in Gimme Shelter (2013).

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