Allison Janney: I’ve always wanted to cut off my hair ‘and do a Helen Mirren thing’


Allison Janney is promoting her new film Breaking News In Yuba County. I believe this is where the Southern CBers would add bless her heart because oh wow, it is not getting good reviews. And you can tell everyone wanted to like it, too, because the cast deserved it. But bad scripts aside, some gambles that Allison took are really paying off for her, like her new Silver Goddess hairstyle. It turns out, Allison’s wanted to try this look for a while. As the months of quarantine droned on, and her natural gray came in, she decided to go for it, crediting Dame Helen Mirren for starting the trend.

Allison Janney just revealed that her recent hair color switch-up was inspired by a fellow Oscar winner.

During an episode of PEOPLE TV’s One Last Thing, the usually-brunette actress told host Jeremy Parsons that she decided to “do a Helen Mirren thing” when her natural gray hair color started appearing while she was cooped up inside amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It started out with just COVID choices, you know. I was in Ohio for five months of the pandemic,” the Mom star shared.

“My natural color started growing in — which is gray. And then I thought, you know, I’ve always wanted to cut it off and do a Helen Mirren thing. I just wanted to try it.”

“I just get very brave with my hair,” she added.

[From People]

Well, I mean, yeah – when in doubt, always do “the Helen Mirren thing,” whatever that “thing” is. Maybe that should be our new motto, What Would Dame Helen Do? I’ve said multiple times that I love gray/white/silver hair on women. It must be the Celt in me. I have a gray streak coming down my face that gets wider every year. I love it. So stories like Allison and Andie MacDowell who are committed to living their best Silver lives make me happy. I also love Allison’s pixie cut. I can’t really carry a pixie but boy, Allison can. Everything about her new look is working for her. Like Allison, I get very brave with my hair, too. I get bored with color almost as soon as I’ve done it so I save color for wigs now. But I’ve cut five inches off on a whim. Even if I don’t like the results it never bothers me much. I just wear hats until it’s back to a place I like.

Hot Pants will probably love the new Allison too. Do you all remember when Allison was campaigning for I, Tonya? She said a psychic told her not only that gold would come into her life (hello, Oscar) but so would a man to whom they affectionately referred to Hot Pants. Allison started going out more because she thought maybe Hot Pants was waiting for her. He hadn’t shown up prior to lockdown, but while talking to Seth Meyers, Seth suggested that maybe COVID merely delayed Hot Pants and as soon as we get back out there, Allison and Hot Pants would finally meet. It would make sense, her Silver Goddess is fully revealed, and Hot Pants emerges, like Venus on the clam shell before her. The universe has a plan, y’all*.

*You have no idea how much I need the stupid pandemic to have purpose!




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  1. Girl_ninja says:

    Only Helen Mirren can the Helen Mirren thing but Ms. Janney looks GOODT.

  2. deezee says:

    I think it suits her, and makes her look youthful and full of life.

  3. Esmom says:

    She looks amazing, both the cut and the color. I love silver and also white hair. I don’t think it’s achievable for me, mine has faded from blond to light brownish, with very little gray. And as much as I love a pixie cut, I don’t think I could pull it off anymore. And no way would I want the pain of growing a pixie cut out again.

    One thing of hers that I do have is new clear glasses, though, lol. She looks better in hers but I do like mine.

  4. Chlo says:

    She looks amazzziinnggg! The cut and color really suit her. I loved her silver hair in the WW reunion too. I have plenty of gray hairs coming in, and I love them.

  5. Sarah says:

    She looks FANTASTIC! Wow!

  6. JanetDR says:

    She looks good! I love silver/grey/white hair and can’t stop myself from telling strangers how much I love their hair. I think part of that is so many woman color their hair so you don’t see it (or didn’t when I was growing up). From what I can tell, mine is going to be silver just like my mom’s, but there’s not enough of it to stop highlighting my dirty blonde yet.

  7. Miasys says:

    I love this look on her! She does look younger, and her complexion and eye makeup are flawless. I went natural 2 years ago and have finally grown out all of the blonde that was the first step. people do stop and ask where/how I got my hair done and don’t believe that it’s natural, which i think is more of a response to a lack of women going natural than anything else. So I’m all for normalizing it. If you want to color your hair, that’s great too. Everybody just needs to do what they want and have fun with their hair. If you cock it up, it will grow back, so take a chance.

  8. Shirley May says:

    I love it. Everything she does is just so wonderful.
    I’m at the age were I’m so tired of my hair so I cut it all off. Only it’s a good look on her.

  9. Jo73c says:

    She looks amazing.

    I’m not fully grey yet, but am one of many who has let my ‘natural silver highlights’ come through during lockdown, and actually like how it looks. I’m also one of the many with a lockdown DIY haircut, and I have to say, I’m pretty happy with that as well.

  10. Katebush says:

    I’m 49 and I’ve been silver for a couple of years now and the response from strangers is overwhelmingly positive which is nice lots of people seem to want to go grey but aren’t quite brave enough to do it yet I say go for it! If you don’t like it you can always dye it again. I love it because it’s unique and the dark brown dye always looked a bit harsh.
    Also Alisons hair looks amazing! So glad she did this we need more people in Hollywood who are willing to age!!

  11. Betsy says:

    She looks great!

    I think once you’re all gray it must be easier to deal with the different texture that gray has? Is that accurate? I don’t really have gray highlights yet, just silver strands, and the texture is super wonky.

  12. Kristen says:

    She looks FREAKING INCREDIBLE! Her natural hair color suits her so well! Yay!