Stars Who Look Nothing Like Their On-Screen Characters

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In movies and TV shows, there is often a character we find unpleasant. Whether it is their hideous faces, the way they move and behave, or a mix of the three, we simply feel unpleasant seeing them on film. Those characters always stick with us, and we preserve a vivid vision of them in our brains. All of this is accomplished thanks to the talent of makeup artists and costume designers. When these actors take the costume and makeup off, you uncover the lovely men and women underlying it all. Here is a collection of attractive actors that “de-glam” themselves to play not so pretty roles and end up looking nothing like their original selves.

1. Naomi Grossman

Naomi Grossman is well-known among the fans of the TV show American Horror Story for playing the part of Pepper. Her role was so liked that she was the first one to appear in two distinct seasons. Pepper, who is suffering from microcephaly, is sent to a mental asylum for a crime she didn’t commit in the second season, American Horror Story: Asylum. Pepper then featured in the fourth season, American Horror Background: Freak Show, where we discover more about her story and past as she is performing in a circus freak show.

2. Anne Hathaway

‘The Princess Diaries’ was Anne Hathaway’s first big break. Her role was that of Mia Thermopolis, an awkward girl who discovers she is a member of the royal family on a whim. As a result of this, she loses her spectacles and gets a new hairstyle, which is much needed.

3. Taryn Manning

“Orange Is the New Black” actor Taryn Manning was overjoyed when she was selected to play Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett in the Netflix series. As a fan of the concept, she jumped at the chance to take on the job as soon as it was offered. It’s impossible to define Tiffany Doggett’s role on the show as anything other than a redneck (and proud of it).

4. Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss was well-known for her performance as Peggy Olson on Mad Men before she became the star of The Handmaid’s Tale. In the show, she worked as Don Draper’s secretary. Her appearance in relation to the other women is criticized in the first season. A lot of snide remarks are made, not only about her but also about her business dress.

5. America Ferrera

Her big break came when she was cast as Betty Suarez on Ugly Betty, where she became a household name. However, Betty Suarez is not well-versed in fashion and wears braces. When her flawless resume lands her a position at an elite fashion magazine, we follow her as she struggles to blend in with people who are obsessed with looks.

6. Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch is a well-known actress from the U.S. In The Big Bang Theory, she plays Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz. With a high-pitched voice, she plays the part of a microbiologist. Bernadette’s voice was inspired by the actress’s real-life mother, she revealed in an interview.

7. Charlize Theron

When it comes to actors, Charlize Theron is a household name. During her time as Hollywood’s “it” girl, she was given the part of Monster in 2003.

8. Emma Thompson

British actress Emma Thompson is best known for her portrayal as Nanny McPhee in the film Nanny McPhee. They cast her as Nanny McPhee, who is described as “wonderful” and “horrible”.

9. Thesy Surface

If you’re a fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you’ve undoubtedly seen her before. She portrays Margaret, the mute sister of two Sunny Gang primary school pals.

10. Judy Greer

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Californication, Jurassic World, and the voice of Cheryl in the cartoon sitcom Archer have made Judy Greer a household name. Strangely, many people remember her as the eccentric Kitty Sanchez from Arrested Development, a show that she appeared in.

11. Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens’ breakout role in High School Musical is well-known. When she was cast in the 2013 independent film Gimme Shelter, about a young girl coping with her mother’s violence, she was given an entirely new role to play. On-screen, she portrays an orphaned young girl who is eventually reunited with the man who raised her.

12. Rooney Mara

Apart from Lisbeth Sanders in the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was Rooney Mara’s first major break. Hacker Lisbeth is hired by a Swedish journalist to work on a murder investigation with him after a rough upbringing.

13. Bette Midler

One of Bette Midler’s most renowned roles is in Hocus Pocus. During the Salem witch trials, Winifred Sanderson and her sisters were executed. But she and her sister had concocted a spell that would allow them to resurrect if they were lit by a virgin. In 1993, the three terrible witches are brought back to life and seek to take the souls of innocent children in order to maintain their eternal youthfulness.

14. Drew Barrymore

For teens of the 1990s, this is a must-see movie! Drew Barrymore plays Josie Gellar in the 1999 film Never Been Kissed, a high school geek. To write a report on the life of teens, she is being asked to pose as a high school student and go undercover. She is ridiculed and rejected at first because of her poor fashion sense, but she slowly begins to forget her past and fit in.

15. Cameron Diaz

There’s Something About Mary and The Mask have made Cameron Diaz a household name. In 1999, she took a role in Being John Malkovich, in which she wasn’t precisely the gorgeous girl we’re used to seeing her as. After being granted access to the mind of John Malkovich’s transgender character Lotte, she may finally explore her transsexual inclinations.

16. Kate McKinnon

As one of the funniest ladies in television and film, Kate McKinnon has made a name for herself on Saturday Night Live with a number of memorable performances. During her time there, she developed a reputation for her ability to accurately portray celebrities.

17. Joaquin Phoenix

Phoenix is regarded as one of the most talented actors of his time. The Master, Gladiator, and Walk the Line are just a few of his films. Because of his deep voice, Joaquin enjoys acting difficulties and typically plays emotionally and mentally challenged characters. River Phoenix’s untimely death at an early age had a lasting impression on him.

18. Meryl Streep

A living legend, Meryl Streep. This year she was cast as The Witch in The Witches of Eastwick, a film that was released in 2014. You would be scared to meet her in a wilderness or in a dark lane. If you’re familiar with her work, you’ll know that she’s a convincing witch.

19. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is another well-known actor who doesn’t require an introduction. There are many movies in which he has appeared, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Finding Neverland, Sleepy Hollow, and From Hell. A role in the film Black Mass was offered to him in 2015.

20. Salma Hayek

Director Julie Taylor offered Salma Hayek the lead role in her biopic of Frida Kahlo, Frida, in 2002, and Salma Hayek jumped at the chance to play it. As a bonus, the two women have an uncanny likeness.

21. Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini is a star of ER and Freaks & Geeks. Her part as Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo was not cast until 2002.

22. Mayim Bialik

Most people know her as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon’s girlfriend and a quirky neuroscientist on The Big Bang Theory. No matter how smart Amy is she can’t always connect with others. When feasible, she tries to fit in with the crowd, even if people initially think she’s a little unusual at first glance.

23. Maisie Williams

As Arya Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams is a British actress. It was Arya’s journey through the imaginary world of Westeros that was one of the most intriguing in the entire series. This woman had a list of individuals she intended to kill, and it was a little frightening at times.

24. Tina Fey

Known as one of the funniest comedians in the business, Tiny Fey is an actress. On 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, she is well-known. On 30 Rock, she played Liz Lemon, a middle-aged lady who is the chief writer of a sketch comedy show in the vein of Saturday Night Live. The series was widely acclaimed and earned multiple accolades for its quality.

25. Steve Carell

To me, Steve Carell is Tina Fey in man form. Aside from his work on The Office, he was also a standout on another brilliant satire show. In the film, his character was a bizarre, sexist, and stupid director of a paper company division.


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