“I’m not offended by all the dumb-blonde jokes because I know that I’m not dumb.  I also know I’m not blonde.” –Dolly Parton


Emma Stone

Starting out in the industry as a teen, a blonde Emma Stone became fed up by a lack of auditions for serious, worthwhile female characters. Apparently, her agent had typecast her for ditzy roles like cheerleaders, and other vacuous stereotypes. But Emma was no dumb bunny; she strategically dyed her hair dark brown in hopes of landing choice movie roles with heart, soul, and intelligence. Indeed, within one week she landed her first serious acting gig!

“I don’t know if anyone necessarily underestimated me as a blonde–I think I just had a crappy agent…People are closed-minded, man! Like a different hair colour changes everything!” Stone asserted.

 

Emma Watson

Emma Watson was up against some stiff competition for the role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, including Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Natalie Portman, and Kristen Stewart. Because Lisbeth represents an intriguing complex female character, and the actress chosen to portray her would be signed to star in 3 films, it was one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. Watson chopped off her long locks in exchange for a pixie cut and auditioned for the cyber heroine. Immediately, the media began reporting she’d cut her hair to more closely resemble the Goth-style, misfit character with spiky hair. Although Watson’s representatives denied she’d lanced her locks for the role, many sites didn’t necessarily buy it. Of course, Rooney Mara landed the part of Lisbeth after all. But in the wake of cutting her hair, Watson did say she planned to grow it back stating, “If I want to keep acting, then it’s more flexible for me to have it longer for different roles.”

Let’s face it, hair is a big deal in our culture. When Jessica Alba recently debuted a new blonde hairdo for her Sin City 2 stripper role, how many people felt compelled to click on the link to see her new look? My guess is…plenty! And of course, Miley Cyrus’ short, blond crop is making more headlines than the presidential race. Whatever hairstyle you decide to go with in your career ventures, just know casting directors, like the rest of us, are looking closely to see your new looks as well. If you have a Casting Frontier profile, casting directors are staying on top of your new skills, new roles, new reel–and, yes, your new do. Knowing your headshot is your first impression, hair style carries a lot of influence in regards to the types you’re hoping to portray. Will changing your hair get you more auditions?  It might. Give it some thought.

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