Hollywood has a tendency to feature unattractive and unfashionable characters in films, particularly to provide a contrast between the main character and the supporting cast. However, when actresses remove their makeup, they are often revealed to be stunningly beautiful. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of these gorgeous women who have played less-than-attractive roles.
Naomi Grossman: Pepper
Naomi Grossman is best known for her portrayal of Pepper in the popular television series American Horror Story. For this role, she had to completely shave her head bald. Despite appearing in other films and shows, this remains her most prominent role to date.
Taryn Manning: Tiffany Doggett
Another talented actress who has undergone an unattractive transformation for a role is Taryn Manning, who played Tiffany Doggett in Orange Is The New Black. Her character hails from western Pennsylvania and proudly identifies as a redneck. In the first season, Manning’s character was shown with rotten and missing teeth, which added to the character’s authenticity.
Elisabeth Moss – Peggy Olson
Elisabeth Moss portrays the character of Peggy Olson, an office secretary, in the popular TV series Mad Men. Peggy is depicted as innocent and frumpy, often being referred to as too plain by her co-workers. They even suggest that she needs to change her appearance to fit in better.
America Ferrera – Betty Suarez
Betty Suarez, played by America Ferrera, was a career-defining role for the actress in the TV series Ugly Betty. Her character was an ambitious young woman with unruly hair, glasses, braces, and eccentric clothing. Towards the end of the show, she underwent a makeover and looked more like her true self.
Emma Thompson – Nanny McPhee
Emma Thompson brought to life the magical character of Nanny McPhee in the 2005 movie of the same name. Her character has a unique ability to appear unexpectedly in households to help parents tame their unruly children. Starting off as frighteningly hideous, her character evolves throughout the movie.
Judy Greer – Kitty Sanchez
Known for her diverse range of roles, Judy Greer has also played some quirky and eccentric characters such as Kitty Sanchez in the TV show Arrested Development. She enjoyed portraying this role as it allowed her to showcase her comedic skills and make people laugh.
Vanessa Hudgens – Gabriella Montez
Vanessa Hudgens became a household name for her portrayal of Gabriella in Disney’s High School Musical franchise. However, in 2013, she took on a challenging role in the independent drama Gimme Shelter, playing a struggling teenager who was in and out of foster care. Vanessa had to make a drastic physical transformation for the role, showcasing her versatility as an actress.
Rooney Mara – Lisbeth Salander
Rooney Mara gained widespread recognition for her role as Lisbeth Salander in the 2011 film adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Her portrayal of the complex and enigmatic character required an intense transformation, both physically and mentally. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination, cementing her status as a talented and dedicated actress.
Bette Midler – Winifred Sanderson
In 1993, Bette Midler took on one of her most iconic roles in the Disney film Hocus Pocus. She portrayed Winifred Sanderson, the head witch of the Sanderson sisters, who are executed and then brought back to life in the movie. Bette’s performance as Winifred Sanderson has become a fan favorite and has cemented her status as a talented actress.
Drew Barrymore – Josie Gellar
In the 1999 romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, Drew Barrymore starred as Josie Gellar, a young and eager cop who goes back to high school as an undercover student. In high school, she was a bit of a geek and this was her chance to redeem herself. Drew’s portrayal of Josie was both charming and endearing, showcasing her versatility as an actress.
Cameron Diaz – Lotte Schwartz
Cameron Diaz was known for her roles as beautiful woman in movies like The Mask and There’s Something About Mary. However, in 1999 she broke the mold and played Lotte Schwartz in Being John Malkovich, a character who looked nothing like the pretty starlet everyone was used to. Cameron’s performance in the film was critically acclaimed, and she proved her versatility as an actress.
Kate McKinnon – Justin Bieber
Kate McKinnon is one of the funniest women on Saturday Night Live, known for her hilarious impressions of celebrities and public figures. One of her most famous impressions is of pop superstar Justin Bieber. In order to nail the impression, Kate has to drastically alter her appearance and mannerisms to mimic the famous singer. Her impressions have become fan favorites and showcase her incredible comedic talent.
Meryl Streep – The Witch
Meryl Streep delivered another iconic performance as The Witch in the 2014 film adaptation of the musical Into the Woods. With her twisted nose, gray hair, and claw-like nails, Meryl was almost unrecognizable as the witch who cursed a baker and his wife.
Salma Hayek – Frida Kahlo
Salma Hayek portrayed the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the 2002 biopic Frida. The role required Salma to don a unibrow and other signature features of Frida’s distinctive appearance. Salma’s performance earned her nominations for Best Actress at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.