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Blondes have more fun, or so they say. But there are a bevy of famous brunettes and redheads who were born blonde. Click ahead to see some stars who traded their flaxen locks for darker hues.
Emma Stone, star of “The Help,” which opens this weekend, gained fame as a redhead but was born a blonde. When she realized that her hair color was hindering her Hollywood career — she was being typecast as a cheerleader — she decided to make a change.
“I just dyed my hair dark brown,” she told the “Independent. “And got my first role a week later, after which I thought: ‘People are closed-minded, man! Like a different hair color changes everything!’”
Judd Apatow told her to go red for “Superbad,” and that’s how she stayed through “The Help.” Recently though, she went back to blonde to play Gwen Stacy for the upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot.
“I dyed it back as soon as I could to red,” she said on a recent “Conan” appearance. “I walked into my apartment and my friend Max was there, and he said, “You’re a lot funnier as a redhead.”
Like Emma Stone, Sofia Vergara found a switch in hair color did wonders for her career.
“I’m a natural blonde, but when I started acting, I would go to auditions, and they didn’t know where to put me because I was voluptuous and had the accent but I had blonde hair,” she told Britain’s Daily Mail. “The moment I dyed my hair dark, [the cast directors said], ‘Oh, she’s the hot Latin girl.’ I loved it … Being brunette toned me down a bit.”
“Cowboys and Aliens” star Olivia Wilde switched hair color because she was just didn’t conform to the typical blonde stereotype. As she told the New York Observer in 2007, “I’m a natural blonde, but I feel like a brunette. I feel like people treat me now how I should be treated. People used to be shocked, when I was blonde, that I wasn’t stupid. I used to get these comments that I swear people thought were compliments. Like, ‘Oh! You’re smart!’ — like they couldn’t believe it.”
Angelina Jolie didn’t really choose to change hair color. “My natural color is dark blonde,” she revealed to German magazine Das Neue. “But when I was 4 or 5, my mother dyed my hair dark brown, and she decided to keep it that way. And I stuck with that.”
Amy Adams found that, personality-wise, she’s just not a blonde. “When I dyed my hair true red for the first time, I felt as if it was what nature intended,” she told People. I have been accused of being a bit of a spitfire, so in that way I absolutely live up to the stereotype. The red hair suited my personality. I was a terrible blonde.”
“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon might be known as a ginger, but she does see some benefits to going back to her natural gold. “I like the red very much … but it’s a lot of work to maintain,” she told Marie Claire. “The recognition factor is so much higher when I’m a redhead, so when I’m a blonde I can pass under the radar a lot more easily.”
Winona Ryder might be famous for her dark locks, but she’s actually a blonde. Winona has been dyeing it ever since her first film, “Lucas,” in 1986.
Eva Green became famous after playing the secretive Vespers Lynd in “Casino Royale.” Turns out, she has a secret of her own.
“I’m a dark blonde,” she told the UK paper Metro. “I dyed my hair blue then black when I was 14. I thought the color was more flattering and matched my skin tone. I don’t think I’d ever change back unless it was for a film.”
Christina Hendricks went ginger because of a book.
“I’ve been red off and on since age 10, when I was obsessed with ‘Anne of Green Gables,’” she told People. “My mom said, ‘Let’s put a rinse on, and you can be Anne for a couple days.’ I was thrilled: It was carrot red. In high school I was a Goth girl, so I went from fire engine to purple to black. Recently two of my best friends started calling me Red. It’s funny because they’ve known me for years. I guess I’m convincing enough: With the red hair and some blush, it looks like I’ve been on the moors in Ireland.”