One of the most important skills of a good actor is versatility. A good actor is a professional capable of portraying many different roles, each with unique personality.
In movies, whether based on facts or pure work of fiction, there are bound to be some characters who are not particularly good-looking and well-behaved.
For example in horror stories, an actor cast as an undead or strange creature has to abandon vanity of any sort for the sake of good performance.
In other cases certain characters have physical deformities or mental health issues, forcing the actors to conceal all of their actual identities including their own physical features with the help of makeup, costumes, and artificial body parts.
When actors do their jobs well, the audience should not recognize them anymore during the performance because there shouldn’t be even the slightest hint of the actors’ real looks. Here are some of ugliest-looking characters actually played by pretty actors.
10 Pepper In American Horror Story: Freak Show Portrayed By Naomi Grossman
She first appears in Asylum, or the second season of American Horror Story.
Pepper makes appearances again in Freak Show in the fourth season of the series.
The character is one of the inmates of Briarcliff and she suffers from a condition known as microcephaly, causing her head to have smaller circumference than normal.
She usually wears bow in the topknot that makes the condition even more obvious, especially since Pepper is also a bald woman.
It takes Natalie Grossman, the actor who brings Pepper to life, two makeup artists working with great intensity for several hours to make her look like the character.
9 Lisbeth Salander In The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo portrayed By Rooney Mara
In the 2011 film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara portrayed Lisbeth Salander.
For her performance in the film, she received the nominations for both Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Actress. The National Board of Review named her as one of the Breakthrough Performances of 2011.
To physically appear like Salander, Mara had to go through multiple changes including new hair cut with jagged points as if she cut it herself. The character also had a brazen blend of punk and spooky goth styles.
8 Crazy Eyes In Orange Is The New Black Portrayed By Uzo Aduba
The second season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black received four Emmy nominations; one of the nominations was for Uzo Aduba, who portrayed Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, of which she won.
Warren is an intelligent character, but prone to emotional outburst, delusions, and hallucinations due to her mental illness.
Real life Aduba couldn’t be further away from that. You can also see her performance in Mrs. America as Shirley Chisholm.
7 Lotte Schwartz In Being John Malkovich Portrayed By Cameron Diaz
For Cameron Diaz’s portrayal of Lotte Schwartz in Being John Malkovich, Roger Ebert says something to the effect of: the character looks so dowdy to the point where we hardly recognize one of the best-looking women in movies, in positive tone.
Diaz’s makeup artist for the role also claims the styling work is a challenge as the requirement is to transform her natural appearance so that she looks homely.
Diaz herself is pleased to play the role as she gets the chance to showcase her talent in incognito mode.