Jessica Chastain’s new short asymmetric hair: cute or not flattering?

Jessica Chastain has cut her long gorgeous ginger hair (and perhaps removed a few tasteful extensions) to rock an asymmetric 60s bob. She’s made the daring change for her starring role in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, co-starring James McEvoy, Ciarán Hinds, and Viola Davis. We have these photos of her in NY where she’s currently filming, walking her dog Chaplin. Cute!

The Hollywood Reporter has details on Jessica’s dramatic change. They also mention that this film is being split into two full-length features, told from both sides of a married couple’s view. IMDB has them listed as His and Hers. It sounds daring for the first full length film from relatively young writer/director Ned Benson. Here’s more:

Jessica Chastain, who is in the midst of shooting one of several interesting new movies, has had her bright red below-her-shoulders wavy hair chopped off into an assymetrical chin-length, sharp-edged bob for the movie The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

The movie stars Chastain and James McAvoy as a New York married couple, and tells the story of what happens to their marriage when the wife decides to go back to college. It’s actually two full-length movies – one of them will be from the wife’s point of view, one from the husband’s. It’s an interesting indie film experiment; and so is the new hair. Chastain is just one of many big female stars who’s cut their hair off for a role lately, and wound up with a new image, and interest spiking as a result.

[From Hollywood Reporter]

I really like this style on her, and think it makes her look younger. Not that gorgeous Chastain looked “old” before or anything, this is just a more youthful style. (She’s 35, according to IMDB and Wiki now, although it took some time for her age to be confirmed, and she’s been reluctant to state it in interviews.)

I spend a lot of time in Germany, and the women there are much bolder with their hair choices. There’s a lot of spiky hair, bright colors, streaks, and much shorter hair in general. Older ladies rock clown colors with pride. Jessica Chastain would fit right in with her new hair and look almost demure in comparison.

My hair is red-blonde and past shoulder length in a style similar to Chastain’s before she got it cut. I’m protective of it and would have a hard time chopping it off. We’ve see so many striking hair transformations this year with actresses that I wouldn’t be surprised if shorter, daring styles become more popular in the states. Maybe it will inspire me to make a change, especially after seeing how lovely Chastain looks in this new style. Plus it must be easier to care for. I find it tedious to blow out my hair every day.

Before the cut:

Jessica on 7-13 on set before her character’s hair was chopped.

Photo credit: Hall/Pena/Pacific Coast News, FameFlynet and

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  1. marie says:

    I like it, looks really good on her.

  2. Blerg says:

    God, she really is so beautiful.

  3. gee says:

    Shes so pretty she can pull anything off, but I don’t love the asymmetrical aspect of this. I do like her with short hair though.

  4. lafairy says:

    She does indeed look younger now! Ha! that’s ironic since now we know her real age!LOL

  5. Joanna says:

    looks great, shows off her features

  6. Marianne says:

    I remember a photoshoot she did a couple years back (before she hit it big) and she had that exact haircut. I think it was W.

  7. Samantha says:

    So chic and flattering! Love it. And her little three-legged dog is adorable.

  8. Cam S says:

    Guys don’t hate me, but I don’t get her buzz. She is just- meh. The haircut is cute. Very 90′s

  9. Vivian says:

    I like it on her too much much better!

  10. Scout says:

    The short hair is awesome on her! What a change! Pretty before – gorgeous now!

  11. A says:

    Very 90s indeed.
    Reminds me of Daria’s friend.

  12. lucy2 says:

    I like it – makes her look so much younger.

  13. Talie says:

    With the sunglasses on, she looks like January Jones twin. She really is a chameleon.

  14. Amy says:

    I like the shorter hair. That sheer-boobed dress, on the other hand, is…not flattering.

  15. Jessica says:

    I think it looks lovely!!! : )

  16. Jano1981 says:

    I like the cut. I am also really happy when I see a celeb without hair extentions! At this point I assume everyone with long hair is rocking extensions. I love long hair sometimes but Im tired of the extension look.

  17. RHONYC says:

    salt n pepa’s here…push it ‘real’ good! ;-)

  18. Mar says:

    I love her sooooo much. After seeing ” The Help”.”, she can do no wrong!!!

  19. Relli says:

    I love it and in this heat it must feel so good to get it off your neck! I tend to go back and forth with my hair, it gets extremely long and i cut it all off. Sometimes i am all dark with red streaks and right now i have ombre highlights with some dark blond tips. I have a friend who is a stylist and she is always taking me into new things, and once she talked me into cutting 13 inches off and ended with a style like this and i loved it. If i wasn’t so chubby right now I would do it again because air on the neck is AMAZING, but my face is too full.

  20. Dinah says:

    OMG that dog is so cute. The diaphanous dress is horrid.

  21. Jenna says:

    I like it! And if I wasn’t so scared that I couldn’t rock a shorter hairdo, then I’d chop mine off too!

  22. tooey says:

    Really cute. I had something similar in 1981, lol! Does anyone know anything about those sunglasses she’s wearing? I loooove them!

  23. Alexis says:

    Wow, it makes her look younger somehow.

  24. I Choose Me says:

    I wanna know what’s going on the fifth pic. Is she trying to touch the blond woman’s hair and the blond woman is all, eh No and then blocks her with her hand?

    • ichsi says:

      Exactly, McAAAAAvoy. How could you post those pictures without the one of him fondling her hair?! There are so many candid pis of those two gorgeous perfect human beings swirling around the internet at the moment… *sigh* And yes, German women make bolder hair choices. Which isn’t always good.

  25. Katyusha says:

    She’s got the face for it.

  26. Michelle says:

    Wow! In the pics with her long hair, her face looks a little bit tired (especially in the eyes). With her new do, she looks like a peppy college girl. I normally see short hair aging people (even when I did it) so it’s nice to see the opposite for a change. Great cut!

  27. buckley says:

    Just gorgeous.
    and she can act too!

  28. Finn says:

    wig wig wig wig wig wig wig wig

  29. David says:

    Big mistake.

    She should have kept the long hair.