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Natalie Dormer Talks About Her Shocking Shaved Hairdo For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer made a huge splash on the red carpet of the SAG Awards this past weekend when she showed up with half of her hair missing. Hit the jump for what she had to say about it but more importantly, Natalie, can we talk? I’ve been wanting to do this to my hair for a while. 

Seriously though. I have really long hair and have been on the verge of cutting it off for a while, specifically for some sort of partly-shaved look. So when I spotted Dormer’s new do, I was very jealous.

If you hadn’t already heard, the actress did this for her role as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. In the book, news director Cressida is described as having a shaved head which is tattooed with green vines. In my mind, that meant she had no hair whatsoever, but the creators decided to open it up a bit to interpretation. Though Dormer told Entertainment Weekly she was committed to doing “a full Anne Hathaway” if necessary.

Francis Lawrence, the director of Mockingjay, and I discussed it and I took the job on the premise that I would possibly [have to] shave my whole head. I’m actually really pleased that we went halfway because I think it’s more the Capitol… and that’s where Cressida comes from,” she told EW. “She comes from the Capitol, so she’s got a stylized thing going on and now she’s turned rebel. I think it’s right for the character.”

The big shave happened back in October, so the actress has been having to keep it hidden until now. To help me with my decision, Dormer thankfully also mentioned how it feels to be half-haired.

“It was a bit weird lying in bed for the first few nights. [One] side feels normal, [the other] side doesn’t feel so normal against the pillow,” she said. ”[And] hats fit differently.”

To be sure, it is a lot of look to carry. Still unsure of it for myself but Dormer rocks it.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Devin

    About 3-4 yrs late with the side shaved head.

  • AverageDrafter

    Chicks with mohawks are sexy as hell. I had I boyhood crush on 80s Storm myself.

  • Jill Pantozzi


  • Lisa Liscoumb

    The “shave one (or both) side of your head while leaving the rest long” was a trend from around 2009-2010.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Pretty sure my brother’s prop date rocked it in 1986. Either way, I don’t pay attention to trends, I just do what I like. :)

  • Adrian

    She’s dreamy.

  • Betty Anne

    I love it! It looks great on her. <3

  • Anonymous

    I had a shave like this a couple years ago and LOVED IT!

  • Cowtools

    You might be happy to know that the mohawk is back now. Check out the current ‘X-Men’ book

  • AnnaB

    I agree with Dorner that a shaved head would have been rather out of place in the Capitol. This stylized version is more like it.

  • Anonymous

    Chiming in to recommend the head shaving, to anyone who hasn’t tried it. Especially in the winter; you wouldn’t believe how good an exfoliated scalp feels until you’ve done it.

  • Anonymous

    I know we were doing it in 1991. It was called a skater cut back then.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to mention the early to mid 90′s as well. Particularly around the grunge (and alt) explosion.

  • Guymelef

    No one rocks a mohawk like Storm.

  • Jessica Sadoway

    It’s not a fashion statement; it’s for her role in Mockingjay. Besides: who cares?

  • AverageDrafter

    Go for it Jill, Rock the Casbah! Bow Wow Wow ‘em, it will fit you to a T. Dye it P!nk, and do it with grace, Jones.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    LOL. I’ve always stolen my dad’s line – I set the trends, I don’t follow them. :)

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see her with that look in Elementary as Moriarty. That version of Sherlock deserves more credit and she plays a delightful sociopath.

  • porpoisepower

    With or without a tattoo?

  • Anonymous

    I just love side-shaves. Someday I’ll be ballsy enough to get one. :P

  • Anonymous

    Punk lives! Do the same thing on the other side and colour the stripe in the middle red and you look like all the great punks looked in the 70s and 80s in Europe (in now that fashion was too extreme to ever reach shy America! ;-))!

    Now, I would like to hear some SKA music or the Sex Pistols or sth. like it!

  • Jason Atkins

    I think what throws people with Elementary is that rather than taking Sherlock Holmes and making a modern setting fit around him (like Sherlock does), they’ve instead tried to show how a modern setting could create a man like Sherlock Holmes. It’s the same sort of approach that most superhero movies take, reworking an outdated comic book story to try and keep the message the same in a new setting.

    It you look at Sherlock, Elementary, House, and the Robert Downey Jr movies, it’s actually quite an interesting spectrum of the different approaches to retelling a familiar story: is it the context, the concept, the character, or the message that is the most important thing to preserve? The popularity and fanbase for each of those suggests that all four are equally valid.

  • odango atama

    Nice! Up Vote!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Sexy!

  • TokenOfficeGoth

    Looks great. I shaved both sides of my my head from the ears forward a la Grimes, its like the halfway point of undercuts I think, it’s easy to manage and easy to hide.

  • TokenOfficeGoth

    Agree! I’m super disappointed that it looks like they only managed to get (the extremely miscast) Halle Berry to rock a fauxhawk in Days of Future Past.
    Which is number, like, 18 on a never ending list of reasons I probably won’t see it.