Actresses That Underwent Shocking Transformations For A Role

By Chris

Acting is challenging, especially if the role requires a drastic change from their daily image. Among plenty of talented actresses out there, some have taken things to the next level by completely transforming themselves for movies and TV shows. If you look at their on-screen characters, will you recognize your favorite stars? Let’s find out!

Margot Robbie – Mary, Queen of Scots

Margot is a talented actress who has started in many blockbuster movies. In the 2018 movie “Mary, Queen of Scots,” the actress underwent a completely unexpected transformation. Robbie wore makeup and prosthetic legs to mimic Elizabeth’s small chickenpox scars and a bright red wig. She explained that the change in appearance made her feel like everyone around the set was avoiding her. “The less they looked at me, the more isolated I felt,” she said.

Margot Robbie - Mary, Queen of Scots

Jennifer Lawrence – X Men: First Class

Jennifer Lawrence did a great job playing Mystique in the new X-Men movie, but she needs to learn the consequences of this change. That blue full-body makeover took up to eight hours a day, which meant she had to wake up in the middle of the night to prepare for the next day’s shoot. Not only that but washing it off also caused her serious skin problems. And in the following scenes, she insists on wearing a bodysuit instead of makeup. And whether it’s the suit or the makeup, she completely embodies the character.

Jennifer Lawrence - X Men: First Class

Mila Kunis – Black Swan

Black Swan is one of the highest-rated psychological thriller movies. This film helped lead actress Natalie Portman win an Oscar. And she’s not the only one who sacrificed herself to be in this movie. Actress Mila Kunis had to lose about 25 pounds for the role to look like a ballet dancer. She went on a stringent diet of 1200 calories a day and worked out hard until she dropped to 95 pounds. She later called the experience “horrible” as ever.

Mila Kunis - Black Swan

Charlize Theron – Monster

When the actress was cast as Aileen Wuornos, a convicted serial killer in real life, she completely transformed into a character in the true sense of the word. The actress does not want her transformation to be just “prosthetic limbs and fat suit.” She recalls, “I knew I had to transform my body to get her physical skin.” However, earning £30 for the role paid off, as she won an Academy Award.


Charlize Theron - Monster

Sarah Paulson – American Crime Story: Impeachment

Sarah Paulson is genuinely a hugely talented Hollywood actress, able to play characters with different looks in many movie titles. But we think most people would agree that she’s unrecognizable in this character. Working again with director Ryan Murphy, Paulson was cast as whistleblower Linda Tripp in American Crime Story: Impeachment. With her thick bangs, glasses, and makeup, she gets lost in the character she plays.

Sarah Paulson - American Crime Story: Impeachment

Anne Hathaway – The Miserables

Anne Hathaway has had a surprising transformation in her acting career as Fantine – Les Miserables. Not only did the actress cut her beautiful locks, but she also lost 25 pounds for the role, and it’s clear she’s put in a lot of work to achieve this. It is known that the actress performed strict cleansing before filming began, then only ate a few pieces of thinly sliced dry oatmeal daily. “I was in a state of physical and mental deprivation,” she said. The star eventually received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her stunning performance.

Emma Stone for Cruella

Emma Stone has been cast as Cruella de Vil in Disney’s Cruella for One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Playing the role of a villain, the actress wore half-black, half-white hair and flashy clothes that made her really into the character. “It’s amazing. I love it,” said the star. “I also like how she accepts her nature, the story of nature versus nurture a little bit.”

Emma Stone for Cruella