Charlize Theron is back on the big screen in Mad Max: Fury Road, the latest installment in the dystopian Mad Max franchise, which first debuted in 1979. While shooting the film back in 2012, the actress shaved her own head to play Imperator Furiosa, describing her buzz-worthy new ’do as “the most freeing thing.”
“I had just finished two press tours and my hair was destroyed from heat damage, so I was glad to get rid of it,” she said at the time. “I was also a new mom and just loved the idea of not having to style my hair every morning. The timing was perfect.”
These days, Charlize is back to sporting her usual shoulder-length hairstyle, though she admits that boyfriend Sean Penn wouldn't mind if she took a razor to her golden mane.
“I think he likes it,” she told reporters at the film’s Hollywood premiere last week. “It’s not like we spend our entire evenings talking about my buzz, but I think he likes it.”
It’s not the first time the South-African stunner has undergone a drastic physical transformation for a film. In 2003, Charlize wore fake dentures, dyed her eyebrows, gained 30 pounds and thinned her hair to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, for which she won an Oscar.
Nor is she the first actress to dramatically alter her appearance – or shave off all her hair – for a film role. Anne Hathaway followed in Charlize’s Oscar-nabbing footsteps in 2012, losing 15 pounds and having her hair cut dramatically on screen to play dying prostitute Fantine in the iconic musical Les Miserables, for which she took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Which other leading ladies have said goodbye to their locks for a role? Click through our gallery to see their mane attractions before and after the buzz!