Vanessa Hudgens chops hair, does dramatic transformation: cute or fug?


I saw these photos of Vanessa Hudgens a few days ago, but I didn’t think much of them. She’s in character, you see, on the set of the film Gimme Shelter, where she’s playing a pregnant teenager living on the streets. I wasn’t even paying much attention to her hair (I thought it was a wig) because I was so focused on how easily could go from little glamour girl to completely average-person fugness with just some minimal makeup changes. As it turns out, though, Vanessa is pulling a DeNiro with her transformation – sort of. She actually did chop off her hair. She stepped out last night and her new haircut made its red carpet debut – you can see the photos here.

I think it’s a pretty decent haircut, honestly. I’m so tired of the pixie cuts, and this is more like a choppy bob, which more women should try. Vanessa told Access Hollywood, “Oh man, it’s really intense. I’m still getting used to it. Honestly, I kind of feel like a soccer mom, but we’re going to let that go. There’s nothing wrong with soccer moms, but I’m only 22! I play this girl, who’s like homeless and she doesn’t care about her look very much. I kind of look like a boy throughout the whole movie.” Is that offensive to soccer moms? Eh. She kind of got Kate Gosselin’s old “attacked by a beaver” haircut. Oh, and Vanessa also said that she did the haircut herself, which I totally don’t believe – I think she may have cut some of it, but I bet she went to her hair guy and he “fixed” it: “I grabbed the scissors and started cutting my actual hair and then my director decided that he was going to grab the scissors, he grabs a chunk of my hair and just chops it. I miss [my hair,] believe me, I do, but there’s nothing I can do about it.”

Vintage long-haired Vanessa:




Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.

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  1. gee says:

    She looks like a 16 year old boy, so funny. But the hair styled for the event is cute. Good for her for at least committing. She definitely tries, which is more than you can say for a lot of these young actresses.

  2. mia girl says:

    Cutting her hair is the one interesting thing this girl has ever done.

  3. RobN says:

    That’s quite the transformation, but I don’t think cute was what she was going for. I like her; I hope the movie’s good and gets her a lot more opportunities.

  4. Praise St. Angie! says:

    wow…I’m impressed that she didn’t go with a wig. and what an amazing transformation – good for her for not wanting to always be “the pretty girl” in movies.

    (and got to give credit to the hair/make up/costume folks…great job!)

  5. Isabel says:

    If her acting in this movie is as awesome as her physical transformation, I will give her a TON of credit. That’s crazy.

  6. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    She looks like Bam Margera.

  7. lola says:

    I’m surprised she did this actually. I think that’s great. I hate when girls cling to their hair ala jen aniston.

  8. brin says:

    Well she’s playing a homeless person so it’s not cute here, but there are pictures of her with Hayden Panitiere and she looks great, it really suits her!

  9. Quest says:

    I am more concerned with the next release of new nude pics “a la haircut” to promote this movie.

  10. RHONYC says:

    uhhh, i thought the point ‘was’ for her to look fug.

    and like a boy.


  11. Rita says:

    Wonder how much it cost to go from being very pretty young lady to looking like Edward Scissor Hand’s little brother.

  12. StephanieMarie says:

    She looks stunning in those photos with Hayden Penawhatever!
    Her bone structure is lovely and she has fabulous skin!
    I love her short hair!

  13. KLO says:

    The cut looks lovely in the pics with Hayden.

  14. OhMyMy says:

    I don’t get what the big deal is. It’s hair, it grows back, get over it.

    As long as it’s healthy and you take care of it you’ll be fine. I’m sure she has the resources and contacts to work with professionals.

    She should be commended for doing all she can to immerse herself in the role and I hope she’s successful at it.

    Just please stay away from the horseweave extensions and leave your hair it’s natural color.

  15. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    I give her credit for uglying it up. It won Nicole Kidman and Charleze Theron oscars; at the very least, it should help her to get taken more seriously.

  16. tapioca says:

    She does look like a 16-year old boy!

    And if anything will get Zac back that will ;)

    Props for trying something different, though. To my unending shame I bought Bandslam on bargain bucket DVD and was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable I found it (and tolerable I found her) to be.

  17. Bill Hicks is God says:

    If looking like an Emo meth-head rentboy turns her crank, I say go for it.

  18. You are safer living on the streets if you can blend in. She is dressed for a role, so what is your point, I don’t get your relevance? “Cut or Fug?”, it’s for a movie.

  19. Dingles says:

    She looks like the token skater lesbian found in every high school in America.

  20. Riana says:

    WOW she looks like a boy (I thought it was one in the pics) but she looks great and I also commend her on committing to the role!

  21. Now this is a ’90′s fashion revival.

    I thought she looked great until she opened her mouth.

  22. WTF says:

    Totally thought that was a picture of Zac Efron….huh? Never thought they looked alike before the haircut too funny

  23. Esmom says:

    Lol Rita, she does look like Edward Scissorhands’ little (male) sibling.

    The dramatic transformation reminds me of Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena in whatever that movie was. It catapulted her from 90210 unknown to A list Oscar winner so fast.

  24. mln76 says:

    I think she looks like Jack White of the White Stripes :)

  25. ElleGin says:

    I wish she hadn’t moaned and complained about cutting her hair. Are we supposed to say “awww poor girl for cutting her hair”?
    Is she fishing for awards?

  26. The Bobster says:

    Fug. Did a six-year-old cut her hair with hedge clippers?

  27. Pix says:

    In the one picture of her with long hair and glammed up she looks like a young Catherine Zeta Jones.

  28. melikesit says:

    Wow, that’s a total transformation. If her acting is half as convincing as this transformation I’ll be impressed.

  29. assistantrachel says:

    Totally fug. Good thing it’s for a movie.

  30. Tara says:

    I’m so confused right now. Since when does pregnant and homeless equal zombie vampire? I could understand a little pale and drawn maybe. But this is full on Addams Family. OOhh take me seriously for I am an ac-tor!

  31. wunderkindt says:

    For a movie? That explains everything! Whew, now I can go back to sleep. zzzzz

  32. Ulysses says:

    Yikes, she looks okay. I had almost the exact same hair a couple of months ago. I asked for a Patti Smith inspired, just below chin length, short and messy do. What I got was shaggy 45yr old, (if it were 12 years ago), mom on the go. She’s right, there is nothing you can do but piss around with some product and try to rock it. You can get away with a lot if you try not to give a crap.

  33. yve says:

    I cannot get over how much she looks like Catherine Zeta Jones with the long hair

  34. Jamie says:

    Are the piercings real too?

  35. Ruth says:

    She looks so so beautiful-Way better than with long hair. Much more mature and un-disney and cookie-cutter. Looking “normal” doesnt mean you look bad- I would love to date someone who looked like her with her hair cut..

  36. Camille says:

    VH comes across as dumb as a box of rocks and shallow as all hell, but I give her props for ‘transforming’ herself for real (ie: not just wearing a wig or going without mascara :roll: ).
    I hope her acting in the film matches her look in it, she may find herself getting better roles/taken more seriously.

  37. april says:

    What’s the point? The whole story is fiction anyway, so the reality/odds of someone looking like this is pretty low.

  38. Pia says:

    A friend of mine worked on this movie and she said the sad part is that Vanessa Hudgens is actually a really good actress, but this movie is just horrible and a vehicle for the pro-life agenda.

  39. jemshoes says:

    The transformation is just jaw-dropping! And ITA with other posters who have already said kudos to her for trying to eschew the typical pretty-girlfriend role, for this movie anyway.

  40. Annie_Grey says:

    She does look like Zac!

  41. Str8Shooter says:

    She must be getting ready to audition for ‘Angry, misunderstood lesbian #4′ in some Logo movie.

  42. Caz says:

    Edward Furlong like…she looks hot!!!