I have been betrayed! You think you know someone and they stab you in the back once you find out they have been lying to you for as long as you have known them! Of course I am talking about actresses who are not real redheads! Everyone loves a redhead, especially in Hollywood. It’s a bold look that few actresses can pull off — and even fewer can claim as natural. In fact, I was surprised to find out that many iconic Hollywood redheads aren’t redheads at all. I am specifically talking about actresses and entertainers who I’ve never really seen without their red tresses.
Emma Stone rose to fame with her signature red locks. I thought she bleached it blonde for her role in The Amazing Spider Man films, however in fact it was the exact opposite. Emma Stone is a natural blonde who had to die it red for her very first feature film Superbad and it stuck. In regards to dying her hair blonde for The Amazing Spider Man Stone told MTV, “I looked in the mirror and said, ‘oh my God, it’s me again! It’s been so long!”
The beautiful auburn haired Christina Hendricks is best known for her role in Mad Men. However, before she came to be nationally known for her role on television she was an international model with her natural blonde hair. During her modeling career, Hendricks ditched her blonde hair for red, but her agency was none-too-pleased. “The head of my agency said ‘you look terrible, it’s so ugly, you cannot have red hair.'” According to Hendricks, she booked three modeling gigs in the time it took for the dye to wash out. She has kept the red hair ever since.
Amy Adams seems to play a lot of wholesome, innocent characters in her films, but that wasn’t always the case. “Everyone’s always like: ‘you’re so typecast.’ But actually, when I came out to L.A., I was always the bitchy girl,” said Adams. She blamed her natural blonde hair for those earlier roles, because once she changed it, she started nabbing better parts.
Sex and The City actress Cynthia Nixon has always appeared with red hair in the series, but not so much off-screen. “I am not a redhead, I’m a blonde.” According to Nixon, the actress went through quite a few dye jobs after the series was over to get her hair back to the right color. “Right now, this isn’t my natural blonde color. I had to dye it in order to get the red out of it.”
Will and Grace actress Debra Messing, is actually a brunette. Messing credits a dye-job gone wrong for her success in Hollywood. While working on A Wlk in the Clouds, the hair department colored her locks red instead of blonde. However, Messing liked the new look and insisted on keeping it.
The famously silly red head was in fact not a natural red head at all. Lucille Ball was a blonde who decided her hair color needed to make more of a statement. The funny-woman took a bold step by dying her hair red (it wasn’t really all the bold at the time considering all the televisions were in black and white anyway) and has been famous for it ever since.
Hannigan claims that Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon made her go red for her role of Willow Rosenberg. “Joss had us all over to his house. Charisma Carpenter and Sarah Michelle Gellar and I all had brown hair at the time. Joss said, ‘All of your hair is kind of the same shade. Does anyone want to be red?’ I went for it and it worked for me.
– I have always envied those with red hair. Therefore, naturally, I once attempted to dye my hair red myself. Box color is the same right? It ended up looking like I had stuck my head in a can of red paint. So, my only words of wisdom is that if you are going to try red…. get it done by a professional. I had to go around looking like a scary clown until I could get it fixed.