11 Actresses Who Aren’t Afraid to Sacrifice Their Beauty for a Role

Not every woman is ready to sacrifice her beauty, even for a short while. And if this woman is an actress, it’s a sign of her professionalism. It’s not an easy task to hide your looks behind glasses and a thick layer of makeup, but some movie stars handle it admirably.

At Bright Side, we decided to recall 11 actresses who can easily sacrifice their beauty for the role of an unpretty villain in one movie and play a stunning knockout in another.

Julia Roberts: Pretty Woman and America’s Sweethearts

After the striking success of Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts played the role of Kiki, a girl who lived in the shadow of her own sister, in the movie America’s Sweethearts. Eventually, Kiki transformed from a plain girl into a beauty, and she won the heart of her sister’s boyfriend.

Olivia Wilde: The Change-Up and The Lazarus Effect

In one production, we can see the charming Sabrina who is the main character’s colleague in The Change-Up, and in another, the medical researcher, Zoe, who becomes uncontrollably aggressive and mad after taking an innovative serum in the movie, The Lazarus Effect. Wilde acts great in both roles.

Christina Ricci: The Matrix Resurrections and Monster

Currently, almost nothing is known about Christina Ricci’s character in The Matrix Resurrections — except for one thing, she’s a beauty. On the contrary, her character in the movie, Monster, is totally different, where she wore very little makeup on her face.

Alyson Hannigan: the American Pie film series and Date Movie

Here she is as the pretty Michelle in the American Pie film franchise as well as the obese Julia in Date Movie. Hannigan is great in both roles.

Helena Bonham Carter: The Crown series and the Harry Potter film series

Helena Bonham Carter can surprise anyone. After seeing her in the role of the fanatic villain in the Harry Potter films, viewers were surprised to see her as Princess Margaret in The Crown series. The actress diligently studied the princess’s biography to make her performance authentic.

Kaley Cuoco: The Big Bang Theory TV series and To Be Fat Like Me

Kaley Cuoco became popular thanks to her role as Penny, an attractive neighbor of Leonard and Sheldon. In the movie, To Be Fat Like Me, the actress plays a pretty athlete who tries on the life of a fat girl to prove to others that personality can outshine physical appearance.

Sarah Paulson: Mrs. America and American Horror Story: Hotel

In the Mrs. America TV series, Paulson’s character is a pretty homemaker, Alice Macray, who eventually reveals an opposite persona. In American Horror Story: Hotel, the actress plays a reckless and vulgar guest of Hotel Cortez, who has a dark personality.

Jodie Foster: Sommersby and Hotel Artemis

Jodie Foster is known for her amazing transformations. In Sommersby, she plays the loving wife of an officer who is a beautiful woman. In the movie, Hotel Artemis, Foster’s character is a hysterical woman with swollen eyelids and disheveled gray hair.

Helen Mirren: RED and The Door

Helen Mirren can play any role brilliantly, whether it’s a retired special agent in the comedy action movie, RED, or an eccentric maid in the drama, The Door.

Christine Lakin: Modern Family and The Hottie & the Nottie

Christine Lakin became famous thanks to her role as Paris Hilton’s unpretty friend in the movie, The Hottie & the Nottie. A few years later, the actress appeared in the sitcom, Modern Family, where she played a self-confident beauty.

Meryl Streep: The Devil Wears Prada and Ironweed

The queen of the glossy magazine world, Miranda Priestly, in the movie The Devil Wears Prada, and the homeless sick woman, Helen Archer, in Ironweed are completely opposite characters, proving Meryl Streep’s amazing talent.

Which roles seem most contrasting to you? Share your opinion in the comments below.

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