5 Cynthia Nixon
While many actresses have shaved their heads for “rugged” roles, “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon shaved hers to play a cancer-stricken professor in the 2012 Manhattan Theatre Club production of “Wit.” Ironically, Nixon had gone through an eerily similar experience battling cancer in her personal life, which helped her embrace the bald head and get to the heart of her character’s illness.
4 Cate Blanchett
Beauty Cate Blanchett shaved her head for a role in the 2002 film “Heaven.” Like many of the other celebrity head-shaving motives, Blanchett’s was to play a rebellious young woman fleeing from the law after her character’s attempt at vengeance against a drug lord. The Australian-born actress described the experience as “liberating.” Like many of her comrades, Blanchett enjoyed a string of follow-up successes, including “The Aviator” in 2004 and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008.
3 Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver has never shied away from offbeat, less glamorous characters, including her portrayal of ghoulish “Gatekeeper” Dana Barrett in the 1984 flick “Ghostbusters.” Weaver is perhaps best known for the “Alien” film franchise, though, and she agreed to shave her head for the 1992 film “Alien 3.” Her fans were apparently unfazed as the actress went on to a number of other prominent roles, including “Aliens: Resurrection” in 1997.
2 Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman‘s famous head shaving experience in the 2005 film “V for Vendetta” was also the result of her character’s rebellious spirit. Her character was held captive and refused to reveal information on her friend “V,” who was planning a coup. Part of her torture was a shave. Portman is a rare actress who actually wore the “mostly” bald look well and the move paid off with a slew of follow-up successes, including a Best Actress for the 2010 film “Black Swan.”
1 Demi Moore
Any discussion of a woman giving up her hair for a role has to begin with Demi Moore. The actress famously gave up her beauty image for the 1997 film “G.I. Jane.” Moore’s character wanted to become a NAVY Seal, but was struggling with the toughness of this “man’s world.” She took a razor to her hair as a show of resilience. While many fans admired Moore’s courage and even applauded her new look, the movie itself received a lukewarm reception at the box office and in critics’ circles.