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Anne Hathaway, Demi Moore & More Stars Who Cut Hair for Roles (Photos)

Anne Hathaway’s sporting a new pixie cut. See more stars who drastically cut their hair for roles.

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Anne Hathaway debuted a new pixie cut for her role as Fantine in the upcoming remake of Les Miserables. From Demi Moore in G.I. Jane to Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, see more stars who cropped for a part.

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Anne Hathaway

In one of the most famous stories in history, the tragic heroine, Fantine, of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables cut off her hair to help her daughter eat—not quite the look that Anne Hathaway is famous for. Perhaps inspired by Fantine’s bravery, Hathaway chopped off her usually long brunette locks into a short-cropped pixie cut, which she debuted while stepping out in London over the weekend. Besides her hair, Hathaway has also been cutting back on calories to achieve her character’s emaciated look—although her publicist has told fans, in what we’re sure was meant to be an assuring statement, that the actress is “not looking to lose that much weight and she’s consuming more than 500 calories a day.”

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Vanessa Hudgens for <i>Gimme Shelter</i>

To play a homeless pregnant teen in the upcoming Gimme Shelter, Vanessa Hudgens had to cut her hair. She began doing it herself, but director Ron Krauss decided he wanted a turn, too: While she was cutting, “he grabs a chunk of my hair and just chops it,” Hudgens told Access Hollywood. On set, with ear-length locks and a monochromatic wardrobe (think baggy, dark T-shirts and baggy, dark jeans), she is unrecognizable as her former Disney starlet self. And her own self-image seems to have taken a somewhat muddled turn: She both “[feels] like a soccer mom” and “(looks) like a boy,” managing to span two vastly different demographics with just one haircut.

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Hilary Swank for <i>Boys Don’t Cry</i>

Hilary Swank needed more than just a haircut to portray the transgendered Brandon Teena in 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry. Playing the character, who is biologically female but identifies as male, called for an extremely short-cropped cut; before filming, Swank’s hair was longer than shoulder length. When the moment of truth arrived, it apparently was excruciating—for the barber. Swank told “We went into the barbershop and the woman just wouldn’t cut it off. She kept saying, ‘Are you sure? You have such beautiful hair.’ Eventually she cut it, but she wouldn’t give me a full boy haircut, so somebody else had to finish chopping it off.”

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<a href="" target="_blank">Keri Russell</a> for <i>Felicity</i>

In the summer between the first and second seasons of the WB hit Felicity, star Keri Russell sent show creator J.J. Abrams a photo of her wearing a short wig, and wrote a card saying “They say it will grow back by fall. Having my best summer ever.” Although it was meant as a joke—Russell and her character were both known for their long hair—Abrams took it very seriously and decided to write a pixie cut into the show. In the episode, Felicity deals with her recent breakup with Ben by shedding her hair, which Russell told The Baltimore Sun “for the character, it was brave, crazy sudden, extreme thing to do. But those are all things that a girl in college would do.” Although Russell’s haircut became one of the most talked about things in the 1999-2000 television season, the haircut was blamed for the show’s drop in ratings. “So it was just one of those things,” Abrams said. “Did it pay off because the ratings are huge? No.” Ten years later, TV Guide Network named Russell’s cut among the “25 Biggest TV Blunders.”

Rooney Mara for <i>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i>

The bestselling novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo gets a U.S. film adaptation later this year, and director David Fincher chose Rooney Mara to undergo the transformation into the pallid, computer-hacking protagonist, Lisbeth Salander. For Mara, that process began with a jet-black, lopsided, partially shaved hairdo. It then proceeded to bleached eyebrows and an anatomically diverse slew of piercings: ears, eyebrow, nose, lip, nipples. But early on in the process, she thought she was at the end of her makeover rope. "On a Monday morning, David called me in, and I said, 'What do you want me to do with my hair now?'" Rooney recalled to W. "He told me I had the part."

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Natalie Portman for <i>V for Vendetta</i>

Among the many actresses who had shed hair for the sake of art, Natalie Portman is one of the select few whose actual haircut was filmed: Her character, Evey, has her head shaved during a tearful scene in 2005’s V for Vendetta. It was a highly stressful ordeal because they had to get the scene right in one take—head-shaving tends to have a certain finality. (The crew used multiple cameras and practiced shaving several volunteers to raise their odds of success.) Portman said that at the time she was looking forward to “the opportunity to throw away vanity for a little while and go around with no hair,” and afterward noted that she “couldn’t stop rubbing (her) head.”

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Audrey Hepburn for <i>Roman Holiday</i>

Audrey Hepburn flaunted a wavy pixie cut in the 1953 film, Roman Holiday.  Hepburn played Princess Ann, who was in desperate need of adventure while touring Rome with her family. In an attempt for fun, she escaped from the embassy and spontaneously walked into a local barbershop, demanding the barber cut her hair “Off! Off! Off!”  The makeover from long straight hair to a curly little crop look represented liberation from the character’s confining lifestyle and earned Hepburn an Oscar for Best Actress.

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Sienna Miller for <i>Factory Girl</i>

Sienna Miller played Edie Sedgwick, a young socialite discovered by Andy Warhol, in the 2006 film Factory Girl. The actress underwent a full-fledged transformation in the film, from a hipster art student to a drug addict with a lust for stardom. With her character’s boyish, bowl-cut hair, audience members understood Sedgwick’s vulgar desperation for fame and fortune rather than Miller’s angelic good looks and well-known golden locks. The short ‘do also left room for emphasis on Sedgwick’s exuberantly flashy wardrobe—complete with fur coats, chunky jewels, and oversize sunglasses.

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Sigourney Weaver for <i>Alien³</i>

Sigourney Weaver transformed her curly mane to a shaven stubble, exposing her otherwise hidden widow’s peak for all its glory in the 1992 film, Alien³.  Weaver played Ellen Ripley, a woman stranded on a planet and surrounded by bald, male prisoners.  She had to blend in to her surroundings and save the planet from aliens and in order to do that, she had to kick butt, which is pretty manageable given her badass looks. Weaver gave off an eerie, almost terrifying, look as her eyes, enhanced by her shaven head, pierced the screen.

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Toni Collette for <i>8 1/2 Women</i>

Toni Collette sported a buzz cut in the 1992 film 8 1/2 Women, but it wasn’t the first time she handled an electric shaver. Nope, it was the fifth. Collette seemed to get a bit of a high from the shocking exposure of her scalp:  “The first time, I was drunk on tequila in Mexico. The second time was for a friend of mine who was having a fashion show in London and she asked me to do it. I also shaved my head a few days after meeting my husband—I think that was just to test the relationship. The others I can’t remember,” she told Time Out New York.

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Demi Moore for <i>G.I. Jane</i>

In 1997’s G.I. Jane, Demi Moore earned herself a place in that rarefied group of on-camera head-shavers. But unlike Portman, she took the act into her own hands. As Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil, Moore herself wields the buzzer, giving herself a Navy-regulation buzz cut and smiling into a mirror as she does it. Moore said in the production notes she was undaunted by the task, and that she was looking forward to getting it over with so she should could move on to the “down-and-dirty,” physically taxing parts of the filming. Her family handled the haircut well, too: “The funniest responses came from my children, who would say to friends, 'Hey, do you want to come look at my mom's head?' as if I were a show-and-tell item. Even my husband had a laugh."

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Kristen Stewart for <i>The Runaways</i>

Joan Jett was wondering whether Kristen Stewart—better known for her dalliances with a werewolf and a vampire—could accurately portray her in the 2010 biopic The Runaways, which chronicles the rise of Jett’s formative all-girl punk band. To gauge the actress's "commitment," Jett asked Stewart whether she was willing to shed the long locks familiar to fawning Twilight viewers, and instead adopt the rocker's trademark black shag. This was during filming of the third Twilight film, so hesitation on Stewart's part would've been understandable. "But she was unequivocal. The hair came off, and she got into my character. The way she moved and talked was just like me," Jett told The Daily Mail.

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Cate Blanchett for <i>Heaven</i>

In the 2002 film Heaven, Cate Blanchett played Phillipa, a widow who lost her husband to a drug overdose.  She seeks revenge by planting a bomb in front of the drug dealer’s office, which killes four innocent people and leads to her arrest. For the role, Blanchett willingly shaved her head down to a mere stubble on camera. "It was incredibly liberating, and really important to the script. I think it's interesting when people say it's brave for an actress to shave her head, rather than saying it's brave to take her clothes off, which actresses all over the world do for every film,” Blanchett told the BBC.

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Persis Khambatta for <i>Star Trek: The Motion Picture</i>

Persis Khambatta, otherwise known as Miss India of 1965, sacrificed her elegant locks to play Lieutenant Ilia in the 1997 film, Star Trek: the Motion Picture. For five months, Khambatta shaved her head every day, which created a mess of skin problems for a woman originally famous for her gorgeous looks. “Some men wouldn’t even look at me. I really found out who my friends were when I was bald. Oh, there were a few guys who said my baldness really turned them on, but most guys were put off by it,” she told the Atlanta Journal.