Hollywood’s Hottest Actresses Who Made Themselves Ugly For Movie Roles…

Looks are everything in Hollywood, which is why it’s always shocking when the biggest, most beautiful actresses appear in movies looking decidedly less glamorous and gorgeous! Some roles call for actresses to turn into monsters or mythical creatures using prosthetics, where they are, of course, totally unrecognizable. Some of these actresses have even played characters who are based on real people, who just don’t have the natural beauty of the actresses – awkward!

There’s always something quite satisfying about watching an actress in a role where her appearance is completely downgraded. Maybe because these women are glorified to the max for their beauty, so it’s almost delicious to be able to see them looking plain at best and absolutely ghastly at worst.

Could You Recognize These Actresses?

So take a look through the list of actresses, who made themselves downright ugly for the world to see on both our TV screens and the silver screen. Prepared to be shocked at the extent that these films’ makeup artists had gone in order to make them as impressively unappealing as possible!

NEXT: She’s renowned for being a diva, who’d have thought she’d sign up for this?

Precious was one of the most heartbreaking movies of 2010. It featured themes such as abuse and poverty. But guess who appeared in the film…

1. Mariah Carey

I’m surprised the notorious diva even agreed to be made to appear as plain as she does in the 2010 movie, Precious. I mean, she had absolutely no make-up on throughout the film! Apparently though, she tried to secretly apply a bit of blush in between takes, which the director, Lee Daniels, swiftly put a stop to. However, I’m sure her rider for the film restored her reputation as a high-maintenance star! In all seriousness, I thought she was pretty great in the movie. She was a no-nonsense welfare caseworker with the most deadpan of facial expressions.

NEXT: Which star had a unibrow in one of her movies?

Everyone recognizes the face of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo from her true-to-life self-portraits, which included her unibrow…

2. Salma Hayek

Well, Salma Hayek played this unibrowed painter in the 2002 film, Frida. Her unibrow in the film was artificial. You might think this is an obvious fact, you might think Salma doesn’t have a unibrow in real life… Well, actually… she totally used to! She said the movie made her feel “regretful” because she used to have a unibrow but she plucked it for years, thinking it made her look unattractive. I guess, now she’s had a change of heart!

NEXT: This A-lister won an Academy Award for this role…

If you’re into psychological thrillers at all, then you may want give the movie, Girl, Interrupted a try!

3. Angelina Jolie

Just don’t be too shocked when you see Angelina first appear in the movie – she looks a tad different to her usual glamorous self! The film is set in a mental institution, so the director felt it appropriate to make her look as “deranged” as possible – the awful bleached blonde hair, the lack of makeup etc. But hey, she did win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the role so the slight discomfort of having audiences across the world see you not looking your best, must have been worth it!

NEXT: What a role to be told you’re perfect for! Ouch…

She played a geeky, unattractive brace-face but you’d never be able to recognize her in real life…

4. America Ferrrera

Ugly Betty was fairly popular when it first aired in September 2006… and then four years later it tanked! We were bored of seeing Betty’s mug on our screens. And although I’ve tiptoed around using the word “ugly” when referring to the other actresses on this list, there’d be no point doing it here, I mean it’s in the very name – “Ugly Betty”. She was always supposed to be just that. Of course, America was far too conventionally attractive to play the character just as she is so the makeup artists did their work and voila!

NEXT: She was a cutie in Mamma Mia but not so much in this film…

She played Megan Fox’s plain friend in Jennifer’s Body in 2009, and plain she certainly was!

5. Amanda Seyfried

The gorgeous actress used to feel “extremely unattractive”. Looking at the pic on the right… it’s hard to see why! I guess, when you’re in an industry with the most gorgeous people on the planet, it doesn’t do wonders for your own self-esteem.

NEXT: This actress played a character so unattractive, that guys wouldn’t even touch her with a barge pole…

The 1999 film, Never Been Kissed had Drew Barrymore play an undesirable woman…

6. Drew Barrymore

As the title suggests, she played a woman who had indeed, never been kissed… You can hardly imagine the quirky actress playing a shy, insecure woman who’s down on her luck in love, but I guess that’s the beauty of acting!

NEXT: She’s one of the most critically acclaimed young actresses there is, right now but have you seen her in this movie?

In Winter’s Bone, Jennifer plays a girl who’s intent on finding her dad, a drug dealer…

7. Jennifer Lawrence

Let’s face it, the usually perfect-looking Jennifer is pretty rough-looking in this movie. But hey, at least she’s still recognizable. She looks like a girl who’s not the best looking but has potential!

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She was an undercover FBI agent in a movie surrounded by beautiful women…

8. Sandra Bullock

Miss Congeniality is a lot of people’s favorite film. I mean, it’s funny, there’s action and beautiful women. Unfortunately, for the most part, Sandra Bullock’s character isn’t one of them!

NEXT: She’s often deemed the most sexy woman ever…  next to Jessica Rabbit of course…

In the 2009 movie, Jennifer’s Body, the stunning Megan Fox becomes possessed by a demon and her looks suffer as a result!

 9. Megan Fox

Now, Megan playing a popular pretty girl – that’s believable and it’s a role that she does well. And for while, her role in the film is that of the typical gorgeous Queen Bee… until she becomes possessed!

NEXT: Prepare to see one of the most beautiful women in the world turned upside down…

In 2006, Natalie Portman shaved her head for the movie, V For Vendetta…

10. Natalie Portman

If anything, the people behind the film had a vendetta against Natalie for making shave all that beautiful hair of hairs! Oh well, she’s still gorgeous anyway… in fact, she’s reminiscent of a young Sinead O’Connor. And as you’ll see further down the list, there are other actresses who’ve shaved their heads for a role.

NEXT: In reality, she’s hot, hot, hot but in this movie she’s a total nerd!

Uma Thurman was in the 1997 movie Batman And Robin which was panned by the critics. Her shabby look didn’t go down to well either.

11. Uma Thurman

Fortunately, we also get a chance to see her as “Poison Ivy”, the alter-ego of the plain-Jane that is Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley.

NEXT: The most shocking transformation on the list: she goes from being the world’s most beautiful woman to this…

This one shocked me – big time! Just look at how different she looks!

12. Charlize Theron

I mean, she’s not even deformed or anything. She looks like an ordinary woman. But I guess if you’re drop-dead gorgeous as Charlize even looking remotely ordinary is unbelievable! Considering, Charlize’s deranged facial expression on the right, it comes as no surprise that in the movie Monster, she plays a murdering psychopath!

NEXT: She’s a striking woman, but in this movie she looks, well, sort of like an alien…

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was one of the biggest films of 2012, but I can totally forgive you for not remembering that Rooney was even in the film!

13. Rooney Mara

The look she sports in this film, is a far cry from her usual adorable look and deer-in-the-headlights type face!

NEXT: Guess which animal Christina Ricci resembles in this next movie…

Christina Ricci was a total pig in Penelope…

 14. Christina Ricci

In 2006, Christina played a woman who was born with a pig’s snout. God, imagine that! Out of all the animal noses in the world – a pig’s! The prosthetic nose took about an hour and a half to put on when she was getting her makeup done. Man, that’s a long time! I wonder what the process is, behind attaching a pig nose onto a woman’s face…

NEXT: Everybody loves this legendary actress… warts and all.

We’ve been ruined by the film, Mary Poppins, because now whenever we picture a British nanny, we picture a beautiful Julie Andrews-esque nanny.

15. Emma Thompson

However, Emma Thompson certainly wasn’t playing an attractive nanny in Nanny McPhee which was released in 2005. Quite the opposite actually, I mean, she had a wart for god’s sake! But what a pleasant surprise when the end of the film had her transform into a rather attractive woman, closer to the real-life Emma Thompson.

NEXT: She played a miserable one in this musical, and didn’t do much for her appearance…

It was the role of a lifetime getting to play Fantine in Les Mis and there was no way Anne could escape getting her long locks chopped off…

16. Anne Hathaway

Of course, there are many stars who totally rock the short hair look – Emma Watson being a perfect example! However, it wasn’t the most stylish of cuts and that’s putting it lightly. Fantine really went through the mill throughout her short life (spoiler alert!) She lived in poverty and so the last thing that was of any concern to her was her physical appearance. Anyway, it’s another “ugly” role that led to an Oscar – in this case, one for Best Supporting Actress.

NEXT: She’s a shadow of her made-up self in this movie…

In 1999, Cameron played a pet store worker in the movie, John Malkovich. This is how they had her look…

17. Cameron Diaz

Cameron doesn’t usually play characters that are written into the script to be the unattractive character of the film. (Apart from maybe Ogre Fiona, if that counts!) I guess, she’s one of those diverse actresses. You can barely recognize her as Lotte Schwartz. It’s not just the mass of curly locks on her head. Even her face looks different! You can totally notice the lack of makeup she is wearing as the character in comparison to how she looks in real life.

NEXT: This gorgeous actress is a plain Jane in this Oscar-winning movie…

In 2001, the movie Monster’s Ball was released. Halle Berry, the film’s protagonist went onto win an Oscar for her performance.

18. Halle Berry

Now, Halle wasn’t ugly as such, in her role as Leticia Musgrove. It’s all just relative anyway – in real life she’s one of the most stunning actresses in Hollywood but in this movie, she’s nowhere near as striking.

NEXT: Which actress shaved every hair on her beautiful head for role?

In 1997, the beautiful Demi Moore, played a soldier in GI Jane. It comes as no surprise that she doesn’t exactly look glamorous in the role…

19. Demi Moore

Okay, so you can’t exactly say that Demi looks ugly in the film. Even with a shaved head, her gorgeous face (especially those hazel eyes) shine through.

NEXT: She’s a blonde bombshell in real life but in the movies…

Now, Michelle has completely transformed her appearance in My Week With Marilyn in which she is unrecognizable as the iconic Marilyn Monroe, but this transformation is ever so slightly less flattering…

20. Michelle Williams

In Wendy and Lucy which came out in 2008, Michelle played Wendy, a drifter with not a penny to her name. In that case, it’s no wonder she’s sporting the plain-Jane look in this film – makeup’s expensive!

NEXT: She’s one half of the most gorgeous couple in Hollywood, but in this movie role’s not so flattering…

In 2012, Jessica played a nurse in The Tall Man. The nurse in question goes through a very tough time when her son is kidnapped.

21. Jessica Biel

Playing in a role as tragic as this, it’s no wonder that the physical appearance of the protagonist is not a priority…

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