Anna Paquin dyed her hair ‘mermaid’ purple, blue & green: awesome?

Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin just finished taping a seven-season run on HBO’s True Blood, and she’s celebrating in grand style with a new hair color. Make that three new hair colors. Anna had to keep her hair blonde for so long, and now she’s having some fun. Anna made her big reveal on her Twitter page with the following caption: “Just fulfilled my teen dream of being a mermaid.” The main color is a very vibrant purple, and she has streaks of turquoise and green flowing throughout. It’s a deep-sea ombre, and it looks so cool, right?

Anna’s purple is so much bolder than that of recent stars who have gone lavender. Kelly Osbourne’s been a light purple for years. Ireland Baldwin and Nicole Richie briefly joined the club (Nic has recently switched to solid blue hair). I think Anna’s transformation is the boldest of them all. Her husband, Steven Moyer, is in favor of this change and tweeted his support.

Anna appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this week. She discussed how this season’s flashbacks of True Blood reminded her that her pre-baby rack was much bigger than her post-baby one. She curses on television and doesn’t even notice. Then she said, “OK, I’ve been on HBO for too long. I’m sorry, so post-breastfeeding breasts…” Would you desire a clip?

Here are some photos of Anna showing off her new hair in NYC. What do you think of her big change?

Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin

Photos courtesy of Anna Paquin on Twitter, Pacific Coast News & WENN

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  1. Abbott says:

    I’m worrying about these True Blood kids. The Wolfman gets a stunt girlfriend and Sookie goes Jem and the Holograms. You do you, Jerrica.

    • FLORC says:

      Jem and the Holograms! Hah!

      I don’t like the hair on her. It’s a very pretty color combo on it’s own, but it’s bad on her. And in a week or 2 (sooner without color safe washes) it will grow out and look bad.
      No fan of hair dyes.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        Nope, not a fan.

      • Sabrine says:

        Hasn’t this gone out of fashion? It looks ridiculous.

      • Heather says:

        There is nothing wrong with her hair. It looks good. cause you’re full of it everyone dyes there hair

      • jaye says:

        No need to be rude, Heather. I don’t see anyone upthread saying that no one dyes their hair.

        I agree with Florc, pretty colors, but I don’t think they’re right for her.

    • I Choose Me says:


      *Feels Nostalgic* Off to write fanfic about Rio finally figuring out that Jem and Jerrica are the same person.

  2. BRE says:

    As fun as all this funky hair is, I just feel to old to try it at 37.

    • Erinn says:

      Peekaboo highlights! You get to have some funk, but keep them mostly hidden.

      • annaloo. says:

        I am getting grey hairs galore in my brunette mop, and I’ve dyed them purple. I love it! It’s very subtle, and I get to have the manic panic hair I always wanted when I couldn’t double process my hair before.

    • GMarchetti says:

      Agree, she’s too old for that.

      • elo says:

        Why too old? We are the same age and actually look quite a bit alike, so I’ve been told, and I play regularly with pink. I’m an artist and a stay at home mom so I am free of any fun hampering rules and I say why not. When does one get too old? Look at women like Betsy Johnson, who has made creative hair part of her very brand, who decides this too old noise?

      • skeksis says:

        Nonsense! She’s not “too old” for anything, it’s just hair for Christ’s sake. She looks great in those shorts, too.

      • Gretchen says:

        Rock on elo, as weird as this might sound, I never felt more ‘me’ than when I had pink hair. I really don’t get all this ageist crap that mandates when you’re too old to be creative and fun with your appearance.

      • Heather says:

        Not she isnt

      • jaye says:

        Elo, I think pink would have been a better color for her. And I agree, 32 is FAR from “too old”.

      • Izzy says:

        Yes, she’s a whopping THIRTY years old. Fuddy.

    • Jen says:

      She’s only 31, FYI. I don’t think anyone is ever too old to have fun with their hair. It’s not like she’s a corporate lawyer or something.

      • QQ says:

        I agree Jen… And it looks really good and fun! If i didnt work in an office AND had a fancy colorist my hair SO would be Purple or blue This very Instant

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I can’t help but love the funky colors-reminds me of the 90s and Manic Panic.

        I wish I could do something like that but Corporate America generally frowns upon that type of thing 🙁

      • Rae says:

        Sadly, I AM a corporate lawyer, so I cannot fulfill my wish for purple hair.

        But never fear TOK. There are options for us! I have purple extensions I add to my hair when I’m in the mood. I need to go back for some turquoise now…

      • Kenny Boy says:

        Totally agree, and if she were 37 it would still be cute.

      • Jenna says:

        I’m with you – and that’s not JUST because, well. (glances in mirror and sees the hot pink, purple, blue and neon green blazing through the bleached white blond hair) I constantly do oddball colors. It’s ~just~ hair. It can change on it’s own a dozen times in a lifetime (I was born with black, it went bright red, then was a white blond until I was 8 when a short haircut turned it dark. I was nicknamed “Calico’ as a kid for good reason!), it falls out, gets thicker, has random cowlicks in it – and that’s all just as it comes out of the head! Never have understood the idea that oddball colors somehow are childish or unprofessional. As long as it’s clean and safe (no long long flowing loose hair when working in a garage, for example) what does it matter? I own my home, am married, pay my taxes… pretty much a massively responsible person. So what matters about hair? Have fun with it, life is too freaking short!

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        I’m 45, with two kids and we’ve been living on tour with Cirque for years. I had bright blue streaks for a year a couple years ago and have had BRIGHT red streaks for the last six months. Why? Because I like it and my lifestyle allows for it.

        Have fun in life, wear whatever color makes you happy. You can still look beautiful and sophisticated, even with crazy streaks of color in your hair. Hair color shouldn’t define you as a person or denote your age, it is HAIR COLOR.

        Also Florc, if you use good hair color fading should not be an issue, Mine stays in for months and months. Pravana chroma silk vivids is the be-all, end-all of bright hair color.

      • Erinn says:

        I lucked out. I work in an office, but my job isn’t customer facing 🙂 I just have to chat with them on the phone, work on their websites, and have whatever I want for hair!

      • FLORC says:

        Orignal Tiffany
        It’s not a matter of quality product. Around day 5 it just doesn’t look as nice. My natural color has highlights no matter what. I’m likely bias seeking my natural highlights in different colors and tones. I have a friend always looking for colorful dyes so i’ll pass that brand on. I’m dye free for about 8 or 9 years at this point.

        Although, no matter how nice the dye is it always grows out.

        To the hair. I like it. It’s lovely. I dont care for it on her though and that’s ok.
        Reminds me of Lisa Frank folders.

      • TheOriginalTiffany says:

        FLORC, this stuff is markedly different. I basically get no fading at all. I have intensely colored hair all the time. TOK can vouch for it.

        I dye over it when I get sick of having that color, but I’ve been able to maintain saturated color as long as I am careful. No hot water, no chlorine and no sulfates. When I had my hair done last time at Toni and Guy the red they put in faded in a week. I put on the pravana and it is six months later and the color is still gorgeous.

        I am a nut about faded color, I hate it.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Who’s 37?

      It would be equally cool to do at 45. Or 68. Who cares about the age as long as she’s having fun? Now, personally I think she looks best with her natural hair color but oh well.

    • BRE says:

      I mean I am 37 not Anna

  3. flotsamrose says:

    Is it the most flattering? No, but I like that she went for it, with a couple of kids no less. I imagine her doing it truly to fulfill a “teenage dream” rather than following the recent trend. Also Moyer seems to adore her, so that’s cute.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      Now if Moyer would dye his hair light blue to match.that would be fun and it would suit himj.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      Love your comment, flotsamrose!

    • Mixtape says:

      I agree. Don’t really like the look, and definitely won’t after a few weeks of washing, but she’s been required to keep her hair a certain way for many years, and it’s natural to want to take control back in a big way. It’s like guys leaving the army and growing their hair out just because they can…

  4. danielle says:

    Love it.

  5. kyzmet says:

    I really dislike those sunglasses and the eerrr…spill on her shirt. The hair? its okay but not mindblowing, and why does she talk to her hubby via social media? Just text him woman!

  6. Tulip says:

    I quite like it.

  7. SpookySpooks says:

    I don’t like it. Why would that be more bold than Kelly’s lilac hair?
    The only bold hair colour I really liked recently was Lily Allen’s purple-red.

    Also, tit is a swear word? What?

  8. GiGi says:

    I like it. Maybe it’s a pit stop on the way to brunette since you have to fill the blonde anyway… why not have fun?

    When I had a back injury and knew I couldn’t dance ballet for a year – I shaved my head. It was liberating. I can’t imagine having to keep basically the same hair for 7 years!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I have always had a fantasy about shaving my head (until I had cancer, then it didn’t seem very appealing because it wouldn’t be my choice, and btw I’m fine now) but never had the nerve. Did your new hair grow back in the same? I had a friend who did that and her formerly curly hair came back in straight.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        GOODNAMES (GNAATNPQWRSTVBOF) I’m glad you are ok! Today in my cancerversary (diagnosis) and even though I’m OK I’m afraid if I say it, it will come right back. I will try to be brave like you.

      • Azurea says:

        @Good Names, I’m glad you’re fine now. I’ve lost my dad & my husband to that scourge. xo

      • GiGi says:

        So glad you’re both well, GoodNames & Belle!

        Yes – I’m Native American so my hair is just super straight… sadly. That didn’t change at all. But I have heard of people shaving and having it come back different – funny!

      • Lady Macbeth (Hiddles F.) says:


        I never completely shaved it but went close to that. My hair was very wavy but never came back like that…. Quite straight now

        Goodnames and Belle, glad to know you are well now!! ((HUGS))

      • maybeiamcrazy says:

        GNAT AND Belle glad you are OK. I was wrongly diagnosed with breast cancer. I shudder when I think about it.

        One of my friends shaved her wavy hair and it grew out extremely curly. She loved it.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Oh, thank you everybody. Belle Epoch, in time that fear lessens and you will believe that you’re ok. Hugs to you.

    • sauvage says:

      A little late to the party, admittedly:

      @GoodNamesAllTaken and Belle Epoch: I wish you so much good that I cannot even properly name it.

  9. seamonster says:

    Yikes. I hate it. I love bold colors, but I find this is not flattering at all, the blonde was 1000000x better, as it Kelly Osbournes and Nicole Richie’s lavender do’s. However, if it makes her happy, then that is what matters! Her hair does not exist to please other people, so it shouldn’t be about what we think 🙂

    • mom2two says:

      It might not be something I would do, but if she’s happy with it, that is all that matters. I get the feeling Moyer would support her no matter what.

  10. notpretentious says:

    I don’t get the Mrs. Emery reference. Someone care to expound?

    • Brittney B says:

      I’m confused too. Mrs. Emery is a character on Little Britain, but unless he’s talking about the color of her sweater (that’s a stretch), I don’t know how it’s related.

      This is a pretty gross scene, but it’s the only one I could find quickly:

    • Claudia says:

      Apparently Moyer is his artist name, found this on Wikipedia: “Stephen Moyer (born Stephen John Emery)” – so Anna is not Mrs. Moyer, but Mrs. Emery in real life.

  11. Lucy2 says:

    The colors are really pretty, but not ones I’d chose for hair. But she is happy with it amd having fun.
    As much as Sookie amd Bill bug me, I like Anna and Stephen a lot, and her story about her trailer was cute.

  12. Gwen says:

    I’m meh on the hair. I’m sitting with second hand embarrasement for her and Stephen’s twitter conversation though. It’s kind of gross – sort of d-list level, like Kate Bosworth and her husband :O

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I find twitter convos between spouse/partners weird too, though maybe he just hadn’t seen it yet? Unless they make a habit of it I wouldn’t tarnish her with the Bosworth comp. though. they are generally pretty private and not try hard like the Bosworth brand.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        My niece and her husband Facebook mushy stuff to each other daily. I think “don’t you live in the same house?” Try talking.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        That kind of crap makes me stabby as hell.

      • Ag says:

        my sister-in-law and her husband do it. he works from home, she does nothing (and is at home 90% of the time). yeah… go downstairs and talk to each other maybe? i don’t know why it annoys the hell out of me, but it does. haha

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Here’s my guess:
        Since he used hashtags for True Blood, I am guessing he was doing the bidding of HBO by tying her hair color change into promo for the show they are on.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Ag, that sounds so obnoxious and odd!

    • Brittney B says:

      I’m with Mrs. Darcy; they don’t do this regularly, so I think it was just a sweet show of support. She might have even been nervous about the reaction, so he wanted to be among the first to jump in and cheer her on.

      Also, this isn’t just a husband complimenting his wife’s hair color; this is a co-star responding to the official end of a character. True Blood was a life-changing experience for them both, and I think his response is just as symbolic as her color change.

  13. eliza says:

    The only person on True Blood more intolerable than Joe BowlofJello is this woman.

  14. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I think it’s cute, I guess she doesn’t have any jobs lined up right away though, this look will probably be gone soon. I never liked the trashy blonde on her (I know it was for the role), think she’s much prettier brunette.

    • Lady Macbeth ex Hiddles F. says:

      I think it is cute too. Bold choice but I like it!

    • Brittney B says:

      Yes to the “trashy blonde”… she and I have very similar facial structures (this isn’t a brag; I’m nowhere near as beautiful, but strangers point it out, so I’ll take it), and I’ve never been able to pull off lighter color hair. Hell, I dye it darker when the sun takes my natural brown too close to dirty blonde. It just washes out my face and makes my dark eyes/eyebrows stand out.

      ANYway, when she went blonde for True Blood, it took a long time for me to adjust to the character’s look; I think I was reacting to my own hang-ups about staying dark. I love that she’s experimenting and being playful now that she finally can, but I can’t WAIT to see her brunette again. She’s aged well, and it will look even better than before.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I agree with you guys about the really-light blonde on Paquin.

        I used to have VERY light blonde hair and I really loved it at the time, but looking back it seemed a bit harsh. It’s a very difficult color to pull of. After trying every color under the sun, I’ve decided that brown with caramel highlights or a medium golden blonde are the most flattering shades on me.

      • SAPPHIRE says:

        Totally agree-blonde is not Anna’s color at all. Skin, eyes etc are brunette. However, I love that she just decided to go crazy with her color. My job doesn’t allow for that-I’m only rebelling by not cutting it-who says anyone over 45 can’t have hair that’s passed their shoulders?

  15. Sel says:

    I love the colors even though I don’t think it’s particularly flattering on her. She’s happy and that’s all that really matters.

  16. Ag says:

    i love it. i wish i worked at a place where i could sport something like that.

  17. Brittney B says:

    I always love these multi-color looks… at first.

    I have a whole lot of hippie friends/acquaintances who do this rainbow ombre regularly, and I’ve never, ever known one who didn’t look terrible within a week. I think it’s really hard to keep purples and greens looking vibrant (and I wouldn’t want to keep dyeing and re-dyeing the roots)… and when they fade, they look absolutely awful and cheap.

    That said, she seems very, very happy in the pap pics, and you can tell it’s refreshing for her to be able to re-claim her identity. The shoes even match… shine and all! She’s always adorable, and I can’t hate on this girl.

  18. serena says:

    Love the colour on her!

  19. Liz says:

    It’s a fun look.

  20. Marianne says:

    I think its cool. I’m not sure if its the right shade, but it’s still pretty cool. She’s just having some fun with her looks.

    I feel like its such a non-issue really.

  21. Original Tessa says:

    Stuff like this is not for me. If she likes it for herself, more power to her. I think it looks silly though.

  22. mkyarwood says:

    She pulls it off. I’m jealous! I tried to get some youth wishes in with blue hair last year and realized that ship had sailed.

  23. K.B. says:

    I think she needs to grow up. It’s not even that cute when teenagers or early 20-somethings dye their hair crazy colors. It’s incredibly desperate and ridiculous when someone in their 30s, especially someone who has children, dyes their hair purple, blue, and/or green.

    I never realized Anna was so thirsty.

    • Jen says:

      You must be really fun at parties.

    • JuneLou says:

      What is it about being in your 30s and/or having kids precludes doing something fun with your look? Honestly how is it harmful? I bet her kids love it!

      I think she looks really cute, especially in the 2nd photo.

      • jaye says:

        “What is it about being 30 and/or having kids precludes doing something fun with your look?”

        Answer: Absolutely nothing. I never understood why people think that when you hit 30 and/or have kids you suddenly have to don khakis and a twinset and call it a day on having fun.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      IMO, I find it more “desperate” to conform to beauty standards that you don’t feel reflect your personality. I don’t think that a person’s hair color impacts their ability to be a mother. It is just hair after all and it isn’t a permanent change.

  24. Dancinnancy says:

    I love it! I wish I didn’t have a corporate job – this will never be ok for me…

  25. Alexis says:

    I’m more disturbed by the crazy eyes in the first photo.

  26. Lucy says:

    I love it! She did it simply for fun and it looks great on her.

  27. kibbles says:

    She’s another old look 31-year-old. I was reminded of that because of Jeff Goldblum’s old looking 31-year-old fiancee. I know people in their early 30s who look 10 years younger than these women.

  28. LAK says:

    Love this look on her.

  29. db says:

    Love it.

  30. I Choose Me says:

    I don’t love it but I love that she’s having fun with her hair.

    Anna Paquin is awesome. Her character Sookie Stackhouse makes me stabby.

  31. AlmondJoy says:

    When Kelly Osbourne and Ireland Baldwin did it, I distinctly remember people trashing them. I guess it depends on who the owner of the brightly colored hair is. Anna Paquin is certainly more likeable, so people here seem to like her look. I think its a bit too much, but that’s just my opinion. Or it could just be jealousy that my job wont allow me to wear such cool colors in my hair 😉

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I like the lilac color a lot on Nicole Ritchie because of her skin tone, not so much on the other two because I think it washed them out a bit. Ana’s works with her pale skin because it’s a deeper purple and she varied the purple with some blue so it’s not monotone.

      Judging by your avatar, you would probably look amazing with lilac hair!

      • AlmondJoy says:

        TOK, I see your point! It definitely needs to match with ones skin tone. And thanks! 😊 I always wanted pink hair, but I thought it was something I should have done in my teen years. I guess I’m not too old after all!

  32. Santolina says:

    She won’t get the looks from men she’s used to as a blonde and will ditch it, soon, I bet.

    • Brittney B says:

      Go away, troll.

      (At least I hope you’re a troll. No woman — especially a woman in a committed, monogamous relationship — bases their style and beauty decisions solely on attracting as many men as possible. In fact, I make conscious adjustments to AVOID attracting attention from the kind of men who would give me “looks” in public. No thank you.)

      • Santolina says:

        Uh, no, I’m a regular poster and it’s not my intention to offend anyone. Actors and celebrities are constantly gauging their marketability by how much attention they attract with their looks, so I stand by my comment which had nothing to do with committed relationships. Finally, the policy of this site is to encourage dialogue and respectful disagreement. I think we can agree to disagree without trying to bully one another off the board.

      • Ange says:

        You said nothing about marketability at first, only that she wouldn’t get attention from men. If it was really about her broader appeal as an actor you would have included both genders no? Besides, she’s off work for now and can do what she wants for a while, that much is obvious.

      • Santolina says:

        Good point, Ange. The gender is irrelevant but I can see how my comment could be taken as other than I intended.

  33. Happy21 says:

    In a word – AWFUL

  34. Hayley says:

    LOVE IT. Wish I could pull it off.

  35. A Fan says:

    It looks awful. Really awful.

    If you’re going to dye your hair, make darn sure it goes with your eye colour and skin tone. These colours do not flatter her natural colouring. At all.

    And neither does Nicole Richie’s dye job. Makes her look sick and sallow.

    [*Just because it’s trendy, doesn’t mean you should do it*.]

  36. Jayna says:

    Don’t let the Little Monsters see this. They think everyone copies Gaga. She invented it in case you didn’t know.

  37. Maria of MD says:

    Where I work, I’ve been seeing a lot of young women doing this color exploration with their hair. I’ve seen teal, green, purple, pink. Interesting.

  38. Jaxx says:

    I think the only people that rainbow colored hair looks right on is rainbow colored people. With white skin is just looks overwhelming and wrong.

    That said, if people want to have fun with it, more power to them. If you can’t have some purple hair when you are young, then when can you? Go for it girls.

  39. Fatty Magoo says:

    I like the hair but for some reason not on her. Can’t put my finger on it but it looks weird on her

  40. kitty-bye says: