Beauty is a funny thing. It can come from within or simply exist on the outside. I think we can all agree that finding someone who has both these traits can prove to be rather difficult. Yet somehow, it exists.
Many actors get cast solely on their good looks and although this might be something they hate, it will not stop them from accepting the role. Being chosen to play a part in a movie, is not as simple as it seems. There are many characteristics and traits that need to be accounted for and you either meet the requirements or you fall short of them. You might think that you nailed the audition, and perhaps you did, but sometimes you just aren’t what the director is looking for.
Having beauty can only take you so far. At some point, you truly have to prove yourself as an actor to obtain the challenging roles that your heart desires. Many people go into acting because they seek to evoke certain emotions from their audiences, or they thrive to embody their character so perfectly that who they really are gets lost in the making.
Some celebs are okay with receiving unchallenging work, as long as they are being portrayed as beautiful god-like beings, and instead of really getting to know their characters, they are content standing in a corner, and looking pretty. However, not every actor feels the same way and some might even take it as an insult to be casted solely on their assets.
Luckily, conventional beauty is mostly found in nice hair, makeup and attire, and so any gorgeous celeb can be dressed down or made-over to fit an “uglier” role.
15. Naomi Grossman — American Horror Story
Naomi Grossman first became an actress in the 1990’s and has since flourished into a much loved celebrity. She has played in a range of different movies and has been tested time and time again on her abilities to inhabit different characters. From a cheerleader on Sabrina The Teenage Witch to a freakish orphan on American Horror Story, Grossman has made it clear that she is ready to take on even the most challenging of roles.
Grossman took on the role of Pepper on the hit TV series American Horror Story, where she first appeared in Asylum, and reappeared in Freak Show. Pepper, who was abandoned by her family due to her various deformities and mental illness, was rescued from an orphanage by Elsa Mars at the age of 18. Pepper would soon become the first member of Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities, where she would perform a clown act with her fellow freak Salty. Despite Pepper’s crude appearance and bad reputation, she is actually nothing more than a kind and simple soul.
14. Linda Cardellini — Scooby Doo
Lina Cardellini is an American actress who was born in California. Cardellini knew from the young age of 10 years old, that she was meant to be an actress and so she did not waste any time. Cardellini landed the role of Lindsay Weir on the much loved TV series Freaks And Geeks where she co-starred with fellow actors Jason Segel, James Franco and Seth Rogen. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after its first season, even though it won an Emmy Ward for “Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.”
Although this actress is shockingly beautiful, she took on the role of Velma in the Scooby-Doo movies. Cardellini was then transformed into the nerdy and unattractive brainiac Velma, which she played flawlessly. Cardellini transformed herself into Velma, whose trademark look consists of huge glasses, short hair and unflattering clothing, and was immediately transformed into a full proof geek.
13. Uzo Aduba — Orange Is The New Black
When watching Orange Is The New Black it is sometimes hard to accept that “Crazy Eyes” is in fact, a normal human being. Uzo Aduba’s portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren is so immaculate that seeing her in real-life will blow your mind. Aduba is a beautiful and talented Nigerian actress, whose stellar role has made all OITNB fans fall in love with her.
Aduba worked as a theatrical actress in New York City for an abundance of years, but was always told by her manager that she should pursue film and television. At first, Aduba refused, stating that she was perfectly happy with how things were going, but her manager kept pushing. Eventually, Aduba gave in, stopped accepting theatre gigs, and started auditioning for film instead. Unfortunately, she could not land a role, which drove her to quit acting for good. Aduba made the decision to call her agent and quit, but funny enough, 45 minutes later, she was offered a role on OITNB.
12. Thesy Surface — It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
For those of you who have watched It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, you might be surprised to find out that the terrifyingly ugly Margaret McPoyle is actually played by a beautiful woman, and not a real-life molester. Meet Thesy Surface, the actress behind your traumatizing nightmares.
I know what you’re thinking. “How can such a hot actress look like that?” Well, it’s quite simple actually. In order for Surface to look like she belongs in the McPoyle family, she needs to undergo a 2 hour makeup session, and prepare herself for a crazy transformation. During these 2 hours, she is given a unibrow, a hairy upper lip, oily skin, thinning hair and a wardrobe filled with pit stains. Surface is an American actress who spent most of her childhood in London, and so when filming for It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia she transforms her voice, as well as her appearance.
11. Cameron Diaz — Being John Malkovich
Cameron Diaz is known for her trademark blonde hair and sparkling blue eyes. She is nothing short of gorgeous and has been one of Hollywood’s favourite stars for over two decades. Although Diaz is an amazing actress, many people believe that her good looks are what brought her into the spotlight. Although this might be true, it certainly isn’t what kept her there.
In 1999, Diaz decided to put her beauty on hold and put her acting to the test. Diaz was cast as Lotte Schwartz in the dramatic comedy Being John Malkovich. In this movie, Diaz was made to look like a nervous, boring and unattractive woman. She turned her shiny blonde hair into a dull brown, added 10 pounds of frizz and let it grow wild. As for her face, she wore pale shades of beige that appeared as blotchy and also put in brown eye contacts.
10. Evanna Lynch — Harry Potter
Evanna Lynch is an Irish actress who is best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movie franchise. Out of 15,000 child actors, Lynch was cast as Luna because of her undeniable ability to look like a space-cake and talk in a calming singsong tone. As a child, Lynch became so engrossed with the Harry Potter books that the second she found out they were holding auditions she begged her parents to let her audition.
Throughout the Harry Potter movies, Lynch was made up to look like a frazzled mess. She was always looking for her shoes, wearing strange clothing and walking around with puffy hair. Yet in real life, Lynch is a gorgeous woman with absolutely nothing strange about her.
To date, Lynch continues to pursue acting and also works for many charitable organizations. Her latest role was the one of Bridget Riordan in the TV movie Danny and the Human Zoo.
9. Rooney Mara — The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Rooney Mara is an American actress who was born in Bedford, New York. Although Mara always admired acting, she never believed herself to be good enough to pursue it, and so she spent many years studying in international social policy and psychology. Once Mara had achieved scholastically, she felt she had enough back-up to pursue acting full time, and started to act in a variety of student films in New York City. With the help of her older sister Kate Mara, who is also an actress, the two tackled their dreams side-by-side.
Mara landed her first big role in Tanner Hall as Fernanda and finally began to take her passion for acting more seriously. She eventually landed herself the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, where she showed off her strong acting skills. Mara was stripped of her girl-next-door looks, and given a new gothic identity. She cut her hair short, dyed it black, adorned her ears and face with piercings, and transformed herself into an unrecognizable person.
8. Gwendoline Christie — Game Of Thrones
Gwendoline Christie had the challenging opportunity to play Brienne of Tarth in the hit TV series Game Of Thrones — and she absolutely nailed it. Christie is an English actress who spent most of her life being considered a “giant” because of her unusual height and not enough of it embracing her unique look. Christie is one of the few actresses to measure over 6 feet, and she looks damn good from down here.
It is almost as if the role of Brienne was written for Christie, and Christie alone — except for the fact that she is a lot better looking than her character. In Game Of Thrones, Brienne is often laughed at for her size and ridiculed for her desire to become a Knight instead of a Lady. However, Brienne pays no mind to those that snicker at her and instead choses to fight them on the battlefield.
7. Elizabeth Banks — Hunger Games
Elizabeth Banks is an American actress who was born in the little town of Pittsfield in Western Massachusetts. Banks has been acting since 1998 and has always played roles that emphasized her natural beauty and rocking body. When she was cast as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, many people were surprised to see her step out of her comfort zone, but were amazed to see her one-of-a-kind performance as the eccentric Trinket.
While filming for The Hunger Games, Banks spent many long hours in the makeup chair, and was transformed into a colourful beast. She was adorned with ridiculous wigs and hideous outfits, and many of her fans had a hard time recognizing her. However, in one of the final scenes of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Banks was stripped of all her colours, and made into a pallid, hairless wreck.
6. Lizzie Caplan — Mean Girls
Lizzy Caplan is an American actress who was born in Los Angeles. From a young age, Caplan expressed her love for acting and decided to tackle her dreams right after graduating from Alexander Hamilton High School.
Once free of her scholastic duties, Caplan landed roles in Freaks And Geeks, Smallville and even Orange County. However, the role that truly brought her into fame, was her role as Janis Ian in Mean Girls.
In Mean Girls, Caplan was transformed into a cynical punk-looking teenager, who wore a little too much eye liner and hardly ever smiled. Her gorgeous features were hidden under massive amounts of makeup, her beautiful hair was dyed black and her gorgeous figure hidden beneath frumpy black clothing.
Caplan has since then made quite the name for herself and acted in over 30 productions. Her latest role was the one of Lula in Now You See Me 2 where she did not have to cover up her beauty.
5. Sophie McShera — Downton Abbey
Sophie McShera is an English actress who made her big debut in 2007. After graduating from University, McShera began acting in soap operas and soon began acting in the 5th season of a TV series called Waterloo Road. It was in this series, that McShera first made a name for herself by playing the role of Rose McCain.
Following her big break, McShera was cast as Daisy on the TV series Downton Abbey, which won Most Popular TV Drama at the National TV Awards in 2012. McShera’s character Daisy is a kitchen maid who dresses the part. To get into character, McShera’s face is stripped of any makeup, her air placed in a bonnet, and her petite frame hidden by a potato sack of a dress. Although McShera is actually as cute as a button, she does not appear this way in Downton Abbey and so it might come as a surprise to see her looking gorgeous and polished.
4. Milla Jovovich — Resident Evil
Milla Jovovich is a Ukrainian actress who has a knack for making people fall in love with her. To say that she is beautiful is an understatement. Not only is she one of the most desired women in the world, but she has talent coming out of her behind. Jovovich is a supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who never ceases to amaze the public. Raised by a single mother, Jovovich knew from a young age what it meant to be hardworking and never quit.
This actress is well known for her lead role in Resident Evil and has taken a liking to acting in action-packed movies. In Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Jovovich underwent an extreme makeover for a specific scene where she was made to look like an 85 year old woman, which was very strange to see. In a blink of an eye, the beautiful Jovovich was transformed into an old, grey woman.
3. Elisabeth Moss — Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss is a hilarious actress who is definitely underrated. She was born in Los Angeles, and has been acting since 1990. Moss has worked alongside Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Russell Brand and even Jonah Hill, but has never received the recognition that she deserves. Although Moss is a stunningly beautiful actress, she has been dressed down in many of her movies, and made to look like an average, mousy-looking girl.
In Girl Interrupted, she played the role of psych patient Polly who was viciously burnt from the neck down. More recently, she was cast as Peggy Olson on the hit TV series Mad Men and clad in conservative outfits, ugly hairstyles and fat suits. This pretty actress will most likely be making headlines in the years to come especially since her exceptional acting skills are what brought her so much success in the first place.
2. Charlize Theron — Monster
Charlize Theron is known as one of the most beautiful actresses in the world and has even made a living off of modelling. Her tall flawless physique is only heightened by her perfect features and gorgeous blonde hair. However, when it comes to Theron, her looks are not the only thing she has in the bag. She is an amazing actress, who is not afraid to take her good looks and throw them in the trash.
In 2003, Theron decided to take on the role of Aileen Wuernos in the movie Monster. In order for her to properly portray the real-life serial killer, she was dressed down and made-over to be less desirable.
Theron plays the role of a Daytona beach prostitute who murders and robs her clients. She is eventually arrested, convicted of her crimes, and put into a jail cell. While watching Monster, you immediately forget that Theron is a gorgeous celebrity, and instead believe her to be a washed up prostitute.
1. Masie William — Game Of Thrones
Maisie Williams is an English actress who has stolen the hearts of Game Of Thrones fans from all over the globe. First introduced as the little Arya Stark, we have had the pleasure to watch her grow into a strong and independent character over the course of 6 seasons.
Williams plays the role of a hard-headed tomboy, who has no love or desire for anything feminine. Williams, who spends most of the series acting as a boy, has gone through extreme changes to alter her appearance. She has cut her hair, put dirt on her face, and even picked up a sword or two.
Seeing Williams in her real form, can come as a shock to many people. Especially since we have grown so use to her boyish charm. Yet in reality, Williams is a gorgeous 19-year-old girl, who has spent most of her early-life pursuing a dancing career.