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19 Actors Who Successfully Turned Themselves Into Villains

Sometimes we’re drawn to movie villains more than the main characters and psychologists have an explanation for this. When identifying ourselves with a negative character, the viewer gets a chance to explore their dark side without showing it in real life. Moreover, it’s even harder to resist such temptation when it comes to female villains — all because movie directors tend to invite “good girls” to play these roles.

Bright Side is recalling actresses who we’ve most often seen as sweet girls on screen that have some villainous roles in their filmography as well. And now we can’t decide which of these roles we like more.

1. Carey Mulligan

She played the naive Jenny in An Education and an avenger in Promising Young Woman.

2. Blake Lively

She played a gorgeous lady in The Age of Adaline and a con artist in A Simple Favor.

3. Emma Watson

She portrayed a shy costume designer in My Week with Marilyn and a 2-faced schemer in Regression.

4. Scarlett Johansson

She played a strong-spirited single mother in Jojo Rabbit and an alien male kidnapper in Under the Skin.

5. Rachel McAdams

She portrayed a sweet girl in The Notebook and a greedy cheater in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

6. Rebecca Ferguson

She played a young mother in The Girl on the Train and the head of a bandit group in the screen version of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep.

7. Emma Stone

She played a brave pilot in Aloha and a shameless courtier in The Favourite.

8. Anne Hathaway

She portrayed an innocent schoolgirl who is destined to become a princess in The Princess Diaries and a bad girl in the screen version of the Batman comic, The Dark Knight Rises.

9. Alexandra Daddario

She played the love interest of the main character in the White Collar series and an impostor criminal in the Why Women Kill TV show.

10. Charlize Theron

She portrayed a charming state secretary in Long Shot and a go-getter bandit in the Fast & Furious franchise.

11. Salma Hayek

She played a woman in love in Fools Rush In and the queen of the vampires in From Dusk Till Dawn.

12. Mila Kunis

She played a sweet doctor in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn and an angry witch in the Oz the Great and Powerful fantasy.

13. Nicole Kidman

She played a brave English lady in the military drama, Australia, and a vengeful hostess of the boarding house for women in The Beguiled thriller.

14. Monica Bellucci

She portrayed a romantic beauty in The Ages of Love and the bloodthirsty queen in The Brothers Grimm.

15. Demi Moore

She played a woman in love with a blind man in Blind and a former angel who shifted to the evil side in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

16. Penélope Cruz

She played the charming mother of a teenager in Twice Born and a sly bandit in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

17. Sophie Turner

She played the young and sweet Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones and her opposite — a bold bounty hunter in Josie.

18. Emma Thompson

She played the highly intellectual and prudent Elinor in the screen version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and a glamour psycho who can destroy anyone in Cruella.

19. Elle Fanning

She portrayed a girl named Vampira, due to her strange-looking teeth, in Twixt from 2011. 3 years later, she played Aurora, the daughter of King Stephan, in the successful movie Maleficent.

Which of these movie villains conquered your heart?

Please note: This article was updated in July 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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