9 TV Stars Who Dramatically Changed Their Hair For a Role (PHOTOS)

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Sophie Turner

Sansa Stark

Hair for role:

Sophie had to die her hair red for her role as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones.

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Shailene Woodley


Hair for role:

Though there isn’t much out there about the second season of Big Little Lies, we do know that Shailene’s character is rocking black hair with blunt bangs.

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Millie Bobby Brown


Hair for role:

Millie was not afraid to completely shave her head for the role of Eleven in Stranger Things.

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Miles Heizer

13 Reasons Why

Hair for role:

Miles completely bleached his hair for the first season of 13 Reasons Why.

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Rachel Brosnahan

mrs. maisel

Hair for role:

In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Rachel rocks dark hair and always has it pinned up in curls.

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Hair for role:

Long before she became the pop star she is today, Ariana had to have bright red hair on the Nickelodeon show Victorious.

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KJ Apa

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Hair for role:

Though KJ is an natural brunette, he has to dye his hair red for his role as Archie Andrews in Riverdale.

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Emilia Clarke


Hair for role:

Emilia Clarke’s character on Game of Thrones is known for her platinum blonde hair.

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Joey King

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Hair for role:

Joey completely shaved her head to play the role of Gypsy Rose Blanchard in the Hulu limited series The Act.

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Actors are constantly having to change their looks — for a role, there’s not much an actor won’t do to get a part. Completely changing their hair (through a drastic cut, hair dye, hairpieces or even a full wig) is just one way to truly step into a character’s shoes.

Click through the gallery above to see some of the TV stars who dyed their hair, shaved their head or donned a wig for their character on a television show.