Jennifer Morrison went from brown to blonde to redhead, which is her best look?

True story: Last week a friend was hanging out watching a “House” repeat which I wasn’t really paying attention to. I was doing other stuff, and when I turned to the TV I saw an actress who looked vaguely familiar to me whom I couldn’t place. (I was never a big “House” watcher.) Then I realized it was Jennifer Morrison with brown hair! Now I know Morrison well, I used to watch “Once Upon a Time” and I’ve covered her here several times. But she just looked so totally different with brown hair that it took me a while to register that it was her.

Morrison has of course gone blonde since her House days. (I was just checking our photo agencies, and she went blonde in mid 2007, right before her engagement to Jesse Spencer fizzled.) She just dyed her blonde hair to red for a new role in a film called Some Girls. She was gorgeous before (I love her in “Once,” her character is great) and now she’s a knockout! I think that red hair suits her well. Again, though, she looks like a totally different person. Like if she was just an acquaintance of mine I might not recognize her at first in person. Here’s more, from US:

It wasn’t easy to stand out at Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood party Wednesday night, with sexy stars including Kim Kardashian and Julianne Hough in attendance. But one actress managed to steal the spotlight with her shocking new look.

Jennifer Morrison, who’s known for her long blonde hair, debuted a dark red color on the red carpet at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood, Calif. She wore a flirty black strapless Andrew Gn dress with silver detail and bright scarlet lipstick to complement her rich auburn hue.

“I’m doing a film called, Some Girls, so I’ve had red hair for 24 hours now,” the Once Upon a Time star revealed of her fiery ‘do.

Of being honored by Us for her classic, feminine style the beauty, 33, gushed, “It actually meant quite a lot to me. I tend to dress as comfortably as possible and in things that I really like and so the fact that other people like them too is really cool.”

[From US Weekly]

US has a whole “celebrity style” section in their current print edition featuring their Hot Hollywood Style Winners. This must be part of the way they get celebrities to attend their event. Kim Kardashian was named “The Total Pro” (snort!), and Julianne Hough is “The Free Spirit.” Olivia Munn is “The Sexy Tomboy,” and Stacy Keibler is “The Breakout,” among others. (They must have not been able to meet Stacy’s appearance fee, because she didn’t go to the bash.) Jennifer Morrison was named “The Sophisticate,” which I could see. Sometimes she looks very well put together and elegant, but other times not so much. She’s human that way.

In terms of her hair color, I really like her both as a blonde and a redhead. That brown color doesn’t seem to suit her, but a deeper color in that shade with more tones might be.

In July, 2007 right after she went blonde. Remember when she was engaged to Jesse Spencer?

In January, 2007.


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53 Responses to “Jennifer Morrison went from brown to blonde to redhead, which is her best look?”

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  1. Reece says:

    RED! Ginger love! Totally biased. Blonde makes me think of Emma. 🙂

    • Alti says:

      love red too… i´m a natural blonde, but i dye my hair red or brown-red for years 😉 Love red. Ginger is cool!

  2. Eleonor says:

    It was time! She was gorgeus when she was brunette! IMO blonde doesn’t flat her at all. Red is good.
    Omy that ring was cute!!

    • duchessofhazard says:

      What Eleonor said. Morrison has a dusky skin tone that shows up with her warm hair colour.

  3. Chatcat says:

    I really think she looks good as a redhead.

  4. brin says:

    Wow…I love the red on her! She looks totally different. I’m so used to her as a blonde on “Once Upon a Time” (I love her on the show, too)!

    • Jenna says:

      Jennifer looks amazing as a redhead.But it does seem like she’s a totally differant person.I’m use to her Emma look.I perfer the blonde hair.But she sure ROCKED it at the us weekly party.Also her natural hair color is blonde she has spoke of it in several past interviews.

      • Rebane says:

        She is a natural blonde, but it’s much darker then her Once look.(She says she dyes it one shade lighter then her natural color, but we clearly have different definitions of one shade.) Personally, I think her Emma look is too blonde and washes her out, but I love her with red, brown, or dark blonde hair.

  5. Edith says:

    Am I the only one who think she looked like a different person back then because of her nose?? I don’t know if it’s because she got older, or lost weight.. but i have this big plastic surgery vibe…

    • lucky says:

      maybe… but she was super thin when she was on House…. like super super thin in my memory…

    • Celebitchy says:

      She does have a new nose. I should have seen it, but it’s subtle!

      • irishserra says:

        It doesn’t look so subtle to me. She had a cute nose before and not much to work with. She ended up with the cookie-cutter Hollywood nose. So sad. I wish people would quit doing that!

    • EBitch says:

      Her cheeks look worse than her nose…look at how puffy they are!

  6. bea says:

    I bet her natural hair color is in the brown/red area. She looks fantastic as a red head and as a brunette, but I don’t feel the blonde at all. Olivia Wilde needs to step away from the blonde – terrible on her.

  7. lucy2 says:

    I love the red! I watched about 1 season of House, and always thought she was pretty on that, but on Once I think the blonde is a bit harsh and aging on her. The red is really pretty.

  8. teehee says:

    Not blonde.
    Red is best.
    Brown is severe for her light eyes but better than blonde.

  9. gee says:

    brown, definitely. the red is cute but i think it washes her out a little. The blonde was just bad.

  10. Tiffany says:

    The red really warms up her skin. Love it.

  11. Erin says:

    Red looks best on her! She kind of looks like Kirsten Dunst in the first pic…

  12. Finn says:

    Anything but blonde. Wonder what happened with Jesse S–they seemed like a nice couple.

    • lin234 says:

      Just wondering the same thing. She looked incredibly happy in the photos when she was engaged to him.

      Red does wonders for her. I think the blond ages her on the Once upon a time show.

    • Dee says:

      Jesse Spencer is dating brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira 🙂

  13. Hubbahun says:

    I always hated the blonde on her, it makes her look washed out. Brunette or redhead looks great, makes her skin glow and her eyes pop – good move!

  14. Samantha says:

    She’s so pretty with the red! The blonde was too harsh–it aged her.

  15. mmhmm says:

    brunette. but glad she changed from the blonde…i thought it looked kinda bland on her.

  16. Michele says:

    I love her new red haircolor! She looks so sexy. She looked good as a blonde too. It was a softer look for her. She actually doesn’t look bad with the dark brown either. Lucky her…she looks good in all three colors but the red is my favorite.

  17. keats says:

    With the red hair she looks like Jenny Lewis, and I have a MAJOR girl crush on Jenny Lewis. LOVE.

  18. Lisa says:

    She was blonde in some of the House episodes. Many of them, actually, so I guess, as a House fan, I am used to seeing her with different hair colors. I prefer her as dark blonde, but red is nice, too.

  19. JoJo says:

    I used to watch House religiously and was only used to seeing her as a brunette. When she dyed it blonde, it was completely shocking on her for some reason. It just looked completely unnatural with her skin tone, etc. I thought it looked terrible on her – so much so that whenever she was on screen, all I could think about was, “Why did she do that?!” I think the brown and red are much better for her.

  20. apsutter says:

    Her best look would be if she gained 10 lbs. I got so sick of watching House because her and Olivia Wilde are essentially bobble heads. I’m so damn sick of seeing clavicle bones in every movie and television show.

    • Eleonor says:

      My boyfriend said the same thing: the girl is beautiful but she needs to eat sometime.

  21. strah says:

    It’s weird how totally different her face looks between 2007 and now. Her face used to have a little softness and roundness to it, these days she looks kind of sharp and harsh. The difference seems more drastic than just getting a little older, maybe it’s been a rough 5 years.

    I really like the red hair on her, it looks fantastic.

  22. Amy says:

    Brunette all the way! I didn’t watch House regularly but the few episodes I saw, she looked good as a brunette. (And I honestly think that is her natural hair color).

    The blonde is awful on her. She is not that old but the blonde washed her out and made her look so much older I thought. It just looked so bad and I can’t understand why she thought it looked good. The dark blonde doesn’t look as bad… but her hair was almost platinum. Not a good look.

    Not that crazy about the red but it’s way better than the blonde!

  23. Tommy says:

    BEAUTIFUL with that red hair. Love it.

  24. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Another ‘Blondes Who Shouldn’t Be Blondes’ entry struck from the list. HUGE improvement. A few years ago, I saw the pilot for House and was pretty shocked by the dark hair/facial differences/all over softness she once had. ‘Softness’ isn’t code for anything, (thought there was more of her and she looked a bit better, to me) but she had a kind a sweetly pretty look going which I suppose she’s swapped for sexy. Doesn’t matter, as long as she’s not blonde, the rest is immaterial to me.

    Mary Elizabeth Ellis: Take the hint!

  25. Anguishedcorn says:

    The red is definitely the best color on her.

  26. Alexis says:


    The blonde washes her out, and I love ginger girls, they are awesome, but somehow it doesn’t work for her. Though I might be biased; I don’t usually like the fire red, I prefer the lighter, orange red.

  27. FOREVER says:

    Better blonde me thinks

  28. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Why on earth would she mess with her nose, it was fine! I only recently saw her in Once Upon a Time, first time I’ve seen her since House and she looked different/ much older to me. Maybe it’s the work she might have had done, maybe it’s the blonde, I do think it can be harsh/ageing on some people, she definitely looks better with it darker imo.

  29. Camille (The original) says:

    I like her as a brunette followed up by the red.
    Blonde looks awful on her and washes her out. Awful.

  30. Bek says:

    She looked terrible as a blonde, so being a redhead or brunette is a great improvement, IMO.

  31. X says:

    Can you say “nose job?” Red all the way.

  32. Lady says:

    She’s a natural blonde people

  33. HadlyB says:

    I like her blonde. She looks older brunette and with the red. Too harsh either way.

    Hope she goes back to the blonde, makes her look younger.

    And that dark lipstick is too garish as well.

  34. The Original Mia says:

    Wow. She looks totally different from her early House days. She looked best with the brown & Jesse by her side. I’m used to her natural hair color now, though it does wash her out at times.

  35. GoodCapon says:

    Blonde washes her out.

    From best to worst: Brown, redhead, blonde.

  36. Faxon415 says:

    Wow! I love the red, it is ravishing.

  37. Mrs. Odie 2 says:

    Her best look is “engaged to Jesse Spencer.”

  38. Twez says:

    The platinum blonde ages the hell out of her. I like the warm darker blonde.

  39. akua says:

    I think she looks great in all the colors!

  40. Paul says:

    So much plastic surgery! My God. What did she do to her nose and her cheeks?