Not Just a Pretty Face

This is for all of the mothers who gave up the glam to score big, just like these celebs.

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Michelle Williams - before

Ask Javier Bardem: A bad haircut adds acting cred, and Williams went for it in Wendy and Lucy. The only thing of beauty onscreen was the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.

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Michelle Williams - after

Wendy and Lucy, 2008

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Nicole Kidman - before

Would she have nabbed an Oscar for The Hours without that fake schnoz? All we know is, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, her small-nosed costars, weren’t recognized for their roles.

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Nicole Kidman - after

The Hours, 2002

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Hilary Swank - before

Moving out of 90210, she won one Oscar playing a girl passing for a guy (Boys Don’t Cry) and another as a girl butch enough to climb into the ring (Million Dollar Baby).

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Hilary Swank - after

Million Dollary Baby, 2004

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Charlize Theron - before

As the title character in Monster, she gained 30 pounds, wore fake teeth and acted her temporarily ample butt off, earning just about every award short of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Charlize Theron - after

Monster, 2003

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Elisabeth Moss - before

As if a dorky hairstyle and wardrobe weren’t unflattering enough, Mad Men put Moss in a fat suit to simulate Peggy Olson’s unplanned pregnancy in the show’s first season.

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Elisabeth Moss (after)

Mad Men, 2009

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Drew Barrymore - before

Enough with adorable. As Little Edie in Grey Gardens, Barrymore used a fat suit and makeup that aged her from 18 to 58 to make the world notice her serious acting chops.

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Drew Barrymore - after

Grey Gardens, 2009


Cameron Diaz - before

There’s something about casting a blond beauty as a frizzy-haired pet-storeclerk (in Being John Malkovich) that attracts critical praise—and a Golden Globe nom.

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Cameron Diaz - after

Being John Malkovich, 1999

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America Ferrera - before

Her “Bettification” for Ugly Betty meant wearing braces, an unruly wig and bushy brows. The extreme makeunder helped her win a Golden Globe and an Emmy.

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American Ferrera - after

Ugly Betty, 2009

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Mariah Carey - before

To transform this diva into a dowdy social worker for Precious, under-eye bags and dreary hair were just a start. The filmmakers perfected the look with one final detail: a mustache.

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Mariah Carey - after

Precious, 2009

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Meryl Streep- before

The superstar didn’t need wrinkle-enhancing makeup and the ugliest bonnet on the planet to snag an Oscar nom as Doubt’s crabby head nun. But Lord knows they didn’t hurt.

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Meryl Streep - after

Doubt, 2008


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First Published May 6, 2011

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