20 Unbelievable Actress Transformations

We all know that actors don’t always look like the characters they play, but sometimes they change so much for a role that they become unrecognizable. Today, we’ll look at the 20 most unbelievable transformations of Hollywood actresses.

#20. America Ferrera

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America Ferrera had a major makeover when starring in Ugly Betty.

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As the title of the show hints, she had to de-beautify herself for the typical geeky look.

#19. Rooney Mara

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Rooney Mara kissed her eyebrows goodbye and welcomed a dark, Gothic look for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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It was this memorable look and her amazing performance that skyrocketed Mara to fame. But this is nothing compared to the next one in our list…

#18. Uzo Aduba

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Uzo Aduba left her girly style and long hair when she played Crazy Eyes in Orange Is the New Black.

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Fans of the show have a hard time separating her from her iconic character, not only because of her performance, but because she looks so different!

#17. Taryn Manning

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Aduba wasn’t the only lady on Orange Is the New Black who went through a major makeover. Just take a look at Taryn Manning.

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Manning is unrecognizable when she’s playing Pensatucky, especially because of her teeth.

#16. Mayim Bialik

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Mayim Bialik has a nerdy look when playing the beloved Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.

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In real life, Bialik goes for a chic, stylish look and doesn’t wear glasses. And she’s not the
only comedy actress on our list…

#15. Eden Sher

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Eden Sher looks nothing like her character Sue from The Middle.

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The biggest difference, aside from the obvious fake braces, is that Eden has natural blond hair.

#14. Madeline Brewer

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Madeline Brewer took on many roles that required a makeover. The biggest change came with her role on The Handmaid’s Tale, where she’s missing an eye.

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Not only that, but she was also on —yup, you guessed it— Orange Is the New Black, sporting blond cornrows.

#13. Maisie Williams

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Maisie Williams looks nothing like her character Arya on Game of Thrones.

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Unlike Arya, Maisie goes for longer hair, and wears dresses mostly. And she’s not the only Game of Thrones actress on our list.

#12. Hannah Murray

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Hannah Murray has dark hair when she’s playing Gilly on Game of Thrones.

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In real life, however, Murray has long, blond hair, and, obviously…she doesn’t dress like a peasant.

#11. Margot Robbie

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Margot Robbie not only had to change her appearance but also her voice and mannerisms when playing real-life figure skater Tonya Harding.

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When she was cast, the public was very skeptical, as she had to go through a major change, but she proved everyone wrong in the end.

#10. Jaime Pressly

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Since we mentioned Margot Robbie, let’s talk about her lookalike, Jamie Pressly.

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Pressly got extensions and a complete wardrobe makeover to play Joy on My Name Is Earl, along with an extra-thick southern accent.

#9. Ariel Winter

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Modern Family‘s Alex is a nerdy, not-so-fashionable girl. But in real life, Ariel Winter looks completely different.

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Off-camera, Ariel goes for tight dresses and high heels. Gorgeous!

#8. Lena Headey

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It’s hard to recognize Lena Headey when she’s not playing Cersei on Game of Thrones.

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In real life, Lena sports short, wavy black hair and dark clothes. Both looks suit her well anyway! But the next one on our list is even more shocking.

#7. Millie Bobby Brown

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It’s not easy for a girl to give up her locks for a role, but 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown said goodbye to her long her to play Eleven in Stranger Things.

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After filming, Millie let her hair grow back again, although she looks good with a shaved head too.

#6. Shannon Purser

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Shannon Purser, who also appear on Stranger Things looks very different off-camera.

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When playing Barb, she cut her hair short and wore glasses. However, in real life, she usually goes for a more chic look and long locks.

#5. Kate McKinnon

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Kate McKinnon is not afraid to change her looks drastically, all for the sake of comedy.

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The glamorous star looks completely different from her characters on Saturday Night Live, right?

#4. Demi Moore

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Another celeb who let her long hair go for a role was none other than Demi Moore.

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She shaved her head for her role on G.I. Jane, which was truly iconic. But our top 3 choices are the most shocking on our list.

#3. Tatiana Maslany

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Where to begin? Tatiana plays over 12 different characters on Orphan Black, and has adopted so many looks we can’t keep up.

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Her different looks and her amazing performance makes viewers forget they’re all being played by the same actress.

#2. Charlize Theron

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One of the most drastic transformations in Hollywood took place when Charlize Theron starred in Monster.

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It’s impossible to realize it’s actually Charlize who’s starring in the movie, and it was this wonderful performance that got her the Oscar for Best Actress.

#1. Naomi Grossman

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Naomi Grossman takes the cake when we’re talking about shocking transformations.

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When playing Peeper in American Horror Story: Asylum, Grossman had to go through extensive hours of makeup, and her look actually didn’t involve any CGI. Impressive!

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