Maggie Gyllenhaal goes platinum blonde at Cannes: lovely or frumpy?

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Here are some photos of Maggie Gyllenhaal in Cannes yesterday at the Honourable Woman photocall. She’s promoting this UK-based television show with co-star Andrew Buchan. I don’t know anything about the show beyond the IMDb synopsis, which points towards an international arms “maelstrom.” Hmm.

Maggie’s looking very different here than when we last saw her at the BAFTAs, a.k.a., “the frumpening.” She’s gone from her usual toffee brown hair color to a platinum blonde. What do you think? Maggie’s also wearing a ruffled ivory dress that she has paired with a pair of awful flat sandals. Seriously, those sandals belong at the beach whereas the dress was made for a museum gala. The dress isn’t bad, but I’d love to see how it would look without sleeves.

Maggie’s hair is winning me over here. She’s grown it out about half an inch, which gives it more body. The blonde makes her look younger and fresher. Maybe it’s the bright light lending that effect, but I think Maggie looks really cute here. She still has no idea how to dress herself, but this hair is a step in the right direction. Touch-ups are going to be a real bitch, right? They’ll be worth it.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet

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  1. blue marie says:

    I like the hair on her but hate the dress.

  2. smee says:

    Normally, I think something close to your natural hair color looks best on almost everyone, but in this case, I think she looks equally good a brunette or blonde.

    She obvsly has her foot wrapped in a bandage which is prob. why she has those “awful” sandals on (I don’t think they’re awful, but they don’t really go with her dress)

    I don’t really think ivory is the best color for her as a blonde either. She’ll figure it out.

    • raindrop says:

      Agreed – something is up with her foot, she clearly couldn’t wear heels or snug flats. I like the sandals, but they would’ve gone better with a different dress. Her hair looks amazing. I kind of adore Maggie G, no matter what she’s wearing. Lady can ACT.

    • janie says:

      I love her hair! It’s so flattering! Her clothes are another story. Lol!

  3. Dani2 says:

    I kinda like it, I wouldn’t have thought she’d look good as a blonde but I really like it. I don’t understand the concept behind the dress + sandals combination though.

  4. Trillian says:

    Cute hair, but I hate everything about that dress, the material, the color, the RUFFLES, awful *shudders*.

  5. Jen34 says:

    I wish I could wear my hair like that. She looks lovely. That dress is awful, though.

  6. BendyWindy says:

    I just love Maggie.

  7. Rhea says:

    Awful dress and sandals. Her hair looks fine. But I like that hair style more on Michelle Williams, though.

  8. samanthalous says:

    I think it looks great on her makes her features softer.

  9. Willa says:

    Not lovely, not frumpy, but Miley!

  10. Cari says:

    I think the dress is super cute. The hair is alright.

    • Jen says:

      Me too! I wish I were tall enough to carry off all that ruffling. She does it so easily.

  11. M.A.F. says:

    I think the blonde makes the hair cut look better. I wouldn’t mind seeing her sport a 1920s flapper style hair cut though. I think that would look good on her.

  12. elo says:

    I love the blond, I am naturally dark but had a short blond crop just like this for years, I miss it. The dress and shoes are go awful though, she needs a stylist asap. How lovely she might have looked in a hot pink shift or even a red pants suit.

  13. NeNe says:

    I think she looks very pretty as a blond. She looks a bit like Kirsten Dunst (not sure how to spell her name.)

  14. Sarah says:

    Always remember her as the most plain-looking batgirl.

  15. db says:

    The blonde is ok, I think my eye needs to adjust. Can I just say how annoying it is when actors make a show of “not caring” about red carpets, as though putting any effort into their appearance is beneath them? Yet they want their disdain for public attention to be universally acknowledged. It’s pretentious

  16. pnichols says:

    She looks adorable.

  17. Grant says:

    I think she looks ten years younger with that hair.

  18. sauvage says:

    Looooooove it!

  19. shellybean says:

    I don’t like it. At all. And those sandals with that dress just make no sense. I actually think she can be very attractive. I found her sexy in Donnie Darko and in Mona Lisa Smile. A longer bob on her does amazing things for her face and softens her up.

  20. Lori says:

    Its does look like there is some kind of bandage across the bridge of her left foot? I do like the hair and the dress does “go” with it.

    • Tiffany says:

      Yeah, I noticed that as well. If you are having foot issues, comfortable is the way to go.

  21. Tadzio says:

    Love her. Great actress and is so underrated. Shame on you Hollywood casting agents and directors. She looks good blonde with a pixie cut.

  22. MissNostalgia says:

    Love, love the hair! It takes years off her…she looks adorable. And I am a ruffles fan…also like the dress!

  23. Lucy2 says:

    I kind of love her hair. The cut is great and the color looks good on her.
    She has an usual style, so I will say that dress isn ‘t terrible for her, and if she hurt her foot, she gets a pass on shoes .

  24. Mylene - Montreal says:

    Blond is very good on her !!!

  25. Anne says:

    So much better than I expected.

  26. holly hobby says:

    Nope not a fan of the blonde or the pixie. She looks just like her mom. Not bad but if you are in the industry that counts on your looks, well she just won the “mom” roles. I wish she would dress her age.

  27. Ginger says:

    She looks wayyyy different. I like the color but not the cut so much. It’s not terrible on her but I’ve seen her look better than this. She really can’t dress herself so I don’t expect much from her outfits. What would be surprising for me is if she wore something very flattering and fashion forward. All that being said, her skin looks amazing even when standing in full sunlight like that. I think if she were simply wearing a better outfit the hair and makeup would look wonderful.

  28. Jane says:

    I love that dress. It’s impressive being that it’s structured *and* organic, which I thought was impossible to do. I always hate commenting on hair since they are actors – I’m sure it’s for a role. But as luck would have it, I do think she pulls it off brilliantly.

  29. Isadora says:

    I don’t like the dress in the first photo, but in the second one it seems lovely. I think the ruffle thing is interesting and the colour quite beautiful with her blonde hair, the designer should just have done something different with the sleeves – more like a dress, less like a sleepshirt.

    As for the sandals, yes something seems wrong with her foot, so I can’t fault her for these. I’d still have rather seen some nice ballerina flats with this dress, but I don’t know if they’d be too tight.

    On the other hand I think it’s GREAT when women wear flat shoes at events. I just don’t understand why flat shoes are supposed to be less elegant, when they are beautifully crafted. But what I understand is the pain you get if you’re standing too long in torturous high heels.

    I should probably start a campaign: FfFF / FfF – Freedom for Female Feet / Fight for Flats. *alliteration ecstasy*

  30. stinky says:

    frumpy is all this woman will ever be able to bring.
    and yes, i did see ‘the secretary’.
    it was to gag for.