23 Babes Who Totally Made Us Fall in Love With Red Hair
Redheads are somewhat of a genetic wonder. Less than two percent of the population is cited as possessing the mutated gene (MCR1) that causes the hue: No wonder there’s a dating site just for those with the fiery color!), In honor of National Redhead Day, we’re paying homage to all the amazing ginger babes out there with a slideshow of our favorite Hollywood redheads, be they natural or otherwise. Scroll through to see who made the cut!
Amy Adams: The naturally blonde Adams used the bold hue to avoid Hollywood stereotypes, telling TimesTalks, “People were responding to certain types of characters with me as a blonde, and the minute I went red, it was quirky and fun instead of flirtatious and dumb.” (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty)
Lucille Ball: Believe it or not, the ultimate redhead wasn’t even born with red hair! That’s right: Ball, who worked her way into America’s hearts with an undeniable set of flaming red curls (or “golden apricot,” as her hairstylist, Irma Kusely, once called it), was actually a brunette that used a blend of dye and henna rinse to achieve her famous color. “We kept it in my garage, locked away in a safe,” Kusley said. (Photo via Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty)
Nicole Kidman: Though she tends to veer more blonde these days (sans for her role as Madeline on Little Big Lies, of course), the Aussie actress’s real hair is as red as it comes. (Photo via Jason Kempin/Getty)
Lindsay Lohan: Lilo also tends to go back and forth between blonde and red, but we’ll always be partial to the bold color she burst onto the scene with in 1998’s The Parent Trap. (Photo via Chance Yeh/Getty)
Jessica Chastain: You’ll be hard-pressed to spot the Zookeeper’s Wife actress in any other color than her God-given red. As she told Refinery29 a few months back, after years of lamenting her standout coif as a child, she’s learned to love it. “Whatever you are ridiculed about that makes you different is what you’ll celebrate in the future. If I wanted to dye my hair, I could, but I realized that’s who I am, and my difference [makes me] special.” (Photo via Rich Fury/Getty)
Bryce Dallas Howard: Howard comes from a long line of redheads (she’s the RL Richie Cunningham’s daughter, for Pete’s sake!). As she told Conan O’Brien, “My red hair lineage is very strong. I come from two sets of grandparents, they were both redheads, on both sides. Then both my parents are redheads, then myself and my three siblings are redheads.” As for her kids, however, they’re “all so blonde,” with the mother of two joking, “I just feel like I failed.” (Photo via Stuart C. Wilson/Getty)
Emma Stone: Stone, though often cited as a poster child for red hair, is a natural blonde. Still, her roles in Easy A, Crazy, Stupid, Love, and of course, La La Land have permanently associated her with the shade — not that the Oscar-winner minds. As she told StyleCaster some years back, “I identify most with red hair. My mom’s a redhead, so maybe I grew up seeing it more than seeing myself in a mirror.” (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
Cynthia Nixon: Nixon may be back to rocking her natural blonde hue these days, but she’ll always be known as the most fiery redhead of them all thanks to her stint as Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City. In fact, the color has become her calling card, with the actress telling Marie Claire back in 2010, “The recognition factor is much higher when I’m a redhead, so when I’m blonde I can pass under the radar a lot more easily. (Photo via Ethan Miller/Getty)
Julia Roberts: Though Roberts has been nearly every color under the son, it’s the shade she famously wore in the ‘80s classic, Pretty Woman, that’s now associated with her most, It's no wonder, either: The hue was practically made for her! (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
Isla Fisher: Of course, it’s not *all* fun and games being a redhead — Fisher revealed the challenges of rocking the hue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, saying she's often mixed up with other redheads. Even Lady Gaga got it wrong, mistaking her for Amy Adams and forcing her to play the part of the Oscar nominee. (Photo via Charley Galley/Getty)
Adele: The songstress has a different way to describe the red hair she burst onto the scene with, telling Chelsea Handler on the host's former show, Chelsea Lately, that her hair color was “ginger biscuit." “We are a dying breed!" she added. (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty)
Geri Horner (formerly Halliwell): The once-ashy brown babe spiced up our lives in the early ‘90s with a dyed red ‘do that *definitely* made her stand out from the rest of her fellow Spice Girl pack, earning her the much-touted nickname of Ginger Spice. (Photo via Brenda Chase/Getty)
Christina Hendricks: Hendricks, born as a blonde, might as well be a redhead — she’s been dyeing her hair the same color since the age of just 10! “I had a cool mum,” she told Cosmopolitan. We’ll say! (Photo via Jamie McCarthy/Getty)
Julianne Moore: Moore loves her gorgeous auburn hair so much, she actually co-wrote a children’s book repping the color, along with her freckles, titled, Freckled Strawberry ($12). She also tries to avoid coloring it except to cover her grays. “I got blonde highlights in my 30s, but I didn’t like how they looked,” she told Redbook in 2014. (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty)
Debra Messing: Messing’s now iconic shade was originally for a role, but she’s never looked back since. "Before Will & Grace, my hair was a dark ash-brown for the TV show Ned &Stacey, and [the producers] were like, ‘We want to make your hair redder, because red is funny.’ I think because of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, there’s this association with red hair being funny,” she told Refinery29. “It’s been the same ever since.” (Photo via Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty)
Florence Welch: The Florence and the Machine songstress will have you know that she isn’t giving up her signature look anytime soon, admitting to Marie Claire in 2012, “I’m a lifer now. I’ve tried going back to brown, and I don’t recognize myself.” (Photo via Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty)
Gillian Anderson: Now back to her natural blonde after countless years as the redheaded Agent Scully, the X-Files star went through quite a bit to maintain her character’s signature color, as she revealed to Entertainment Weekly back in 2015. After switching up her look so many times between the series and her other projects, Crisis, Hannibal, and The Fall, her hair actually started to fall out, requiring her to wear a wig. “It’s like wearing a vice on your head,” she quipped. “I mean, every day, I have a whopping headache… I want all the fans to know I’m suffering for the red!” (Photo via Gareth Cattermole/Getty)
Shirley Manson: Manson’s famed red locks are au naturale, with the singer quipping to Allure in 2014, “I adopted the look the day I came out of my mother’s womb. It’s all natural! Well, at this point, it’s bottle-fed, but I was born a redhead. My mom’s a redhead, my sister’s a redhead — I came from a lineage of Viking redheads.” While she’s flirted with other colors throughout the years, including blonde, and even pink, she "[feels] much more at home as a redhead.” (Photo via Araya Diaz/Getty)
Susan Sarandon: The A Bad Moms Christmas star’s auburn ‘do is so famed, she’s an ambassador for hair color, repping L’Oréal Paris hair color at 71 years young. Meow! (Photo via Mark Milan/Getty)
Geena Davis: We’ve been lusting after Davis’s brownish red locks since at LEAST the early ‘90s, when she took on the role of Thelma to Susan Sarandon’s Louise (also a redhead). Together, these two captivated film audiences with not only their badassery, but their matching ginger 'dos. (Photo via Charley Gallay/Getty)
Molly Ringwald: The Riverdale actress is just as well-known for her flaming red tresses as she is for her ‘80s cult films like 16 Candles and Pretty in Pink. She reportedly has the advice of an agent to thank for the suggestion that it might be a good way to help her stand out in Hollywood. Mission, accomplished! (Photo via Andrew Toth/Getty)
Laura Prepon: After years of seeing Laura Prepon with jet black locks for her role as Alex Vause on Orange Is the New Black, it can be easy to forget that Litchfield’s newest (spoiler!) bride-to-be is a natural redhead, through and through, but it's true! (Photo via Michael Boutefeu)
Alyson Hannigan: Hannigan volunteered to take on the fiery shade while filming Buffy the Vampire Slayer and she’s been rocking it ever since. “[Creator Joss Whedon] said, “All of your hair is kind of the same shade. Does anyone want to be red? I went for it. Eventually, Sarah got more and more blond, but it was because we all had a brownish, auburn mane,” she confessed to POPSUGAR in 2011. (Photo via Frederick M. Brown/Getty)
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