Celebrities who changed their appearance for a role take their job seriously and do everything in order to tap into character. After all, to authentically portray a storyline, it is important to commit to your role 100% and changing your appearance can help a great deal by making everything seem much more personal and closer to heart. So we give nods to celebrities who changed their appearance because they went above and beyond for their part.
1 Vanessa Hudgens
One of the celebrities who changed their appearance to be fully committed to their role is Vanessa Hudgens. She is known for her bohemian, feminine and sweet look, but the actress fully reinvented herself and underwent a major makeover for her role as a distressed and pregnant teenager in “Gimme Shelter”. She gained 10 pounds, cut her luscious locks, and got a few piercings!
2 Natalie Portman
At only 5 ft and 3 inches, Natalie Portman already has a small frame but she still decided to shed 20 pounds for her role in “Black Swan”. According to the actress, getting ready for the role was really a challenge. She did extreme ballet, cross training and swimming up to five or eight hours a day! Nonetheless her hard work paid off - she won an Oscar!
3 Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara really left quite an impression when she decided to ditch her feminine and dainty appearance for a more rugged look to play the role of the goth-hacker Lisbeth Salander. Not only did she dye her hair black and chop off her bangs, but she also shaved a side of her head and got her eyebrow, nose and lip pierced! Now that's what we call full dedication to a character.
4 Christian Bale
Christian Bale is a serious actor who puts effort into doing a convincing job with his roles. He went as far as losing 63 pounds for his role of insomniac in “The Machinist”. He ate an apple and one can of tuna per day in order to lose the weight he needed to! However it seems like he has a lot of control when it comes to his weight because he was able to put on 40 pounds for his latest role in “American Hustle”. His costar, Jennifer Lawrence commented on his transformation and said, “I finally get to make out with Christina Bale and he’s a fat guy… He’s fatman, but Batman.”
5 Matt Damon
Matt Damon is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood with looks that can make the hearts of thousands of girls flutter. It seems however, like he is not afraid to give up his good physique for a role. For example, he gained 30 pounds and grew a moustache to play a role of a corporate vice president. And according to him it wasn’t that hard a job; all he had to do was eat like he did when he was in college and the weight packed on instantly.
6 Shailene Woodely
Shailene Woodely made the choice of chopping all her hair off for a role in the most anticipated film of the year - The Fault in Our Stars - that is already breaking Box Office records. The star had to portray a teenage cancer patient by the name of Hazel Grace. Although she did shed a tear when she was parting with her long hair, we have to admit it suits her because she is one of the few people who can pull off the short hairdo.
7 Jared Leto
Musician, Jared Leto put on an extra 66 pounds for his role in “Chapter 27” as the murderer of John Lennon. The actor revealed that his trick for gaining the extra pounds was drinking pints of chocolate Haagen Dazs. Yes, you read that right. The actor would microwave the ice cream and chug it down! And for extra bloating effects, he would add olive oil and soy sauce into the mix.
It seems like privacy is not the only thing that actors and actresses have to sacrifice. Sometimes they have to make the decision of radically changing their appearance. We have to give them credit for going all the way for the sake of their character. Which actor or actress transformation shocked you the most?