Change is the only constant. We’ve all heard it before; it’s just the way life is. While there is a mostly negative connotation to the word “change”, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. As time goes by we all change in our physical appearance. We get older, some people get fat, some lose weight, and some get bad tribal tattoos all over their bodies (don’t be like the people mentioned last).
Nevertheless, actors are people who owe a big part of their success to their looks. Good or bad, their appearance is what built their identity throughout the years, along with their talent, hard work, and some drugs. They often have to change their looks for the requirements of roles they are playing in films. These changes vary from mild to extreme, and their ability to “yo-yo” their weight is certainly admirable. But, not all changes are planned. Sometimes the crazy Hollywood lifestyles take the toll on the body and mind. Drugs and alcohol take over, and after a while, we can see the consequences. However, some people do the opposite; they switch for the better, get in shape and start living healthy. Positive or negative, some of the actors’ transformations are certainly shocking, and today we will introduce you to 12 actors who have changed dramatically in the last few years. Enjoy!
12. Mary Kate Olsen
As usual, the red carpet appearance always raises speculations, and Ms. Olsen was no exception. Mary-Kate appeared looking pretty different than her identical twin sister, Ashley. This raised rumors of plastic surgery, but Mary Kate denied the accusations. Despite popular belief, the twins are not identical, and it seems that their differences only became more prominent in the last few years. Mary’s appearance has been heavily influenced by her anorexia, and she checked into rehab due to that issue. Lately, she has been busy with her fashion work and has fully recovered.
11. Chris Pratt
It seems that this man’s career has only been going up as his weight went down, in the last few years. From a young hottie in “Everwood”, Chris gained some serious weight while starring in Parks and Recreation. To prepare for his role in Guardians Of The Galaxy, Pratt shed 60 pounds in only six months. He now looks pretty buff and in shape. This was a result of “3-4 hours of ass kicking hard work”, as Chris has said it. He hired a personal trainer and a nutritionist, to help him in his self-ass whooping. Good job.
10. Zac Efron
Zac rose to fame as a teenage star in the super iconic High School Musical, where he captured the hearts of millions of pre-adolescent girls. Since then, it seems that Mr. Efron has been putting on some serious muscle. Right now he’s bigger and more buff than ever, in his preparation for the Baywatch movie. No wonder he’s getting more muscular when his training partner is none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. They have been witnessed going through grueling training camps, and results can certainly be seen. Keep up the good work, Zach.
9. Lindsay Lohan
Oh, Lindsay, where do we even start with you? It’s no secret that growing up in the spotlight, more often than not, leaves some pretty hard consequences on people. Lindsay went from a child star to a stunning, male-fantasy young adult, and lastly, she turned into a zombie. It seems that the excessive partying has taken its toll on this poor girl and her declining career. Recently she moved back in with her family in New York and had changed for the better. Have fun getting back up Linds; you’re not the first one.
8. Tara Reid
Another sad story, similar to our dear Ms. Lohan. Tara was a young Hollywood hottie with a bright future in front of her. Roles in such films as American Pie cemented her career and her hotness could only boost it. But, as it often happens, this actress took a step into the danger zone. Cocaine is a hell of a drug. Reid fell under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and even worse, she starred in the cult movie Sharknado. Yes, guys, it’s a tornado of sharks. Tara had also undergone a liposuction, among a few other procedures, hoping to get her good looks back.
7. Taylor Momsen
Best known as Jenny Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl, this American actress has decided to try out her luck in the music business. The 22-year-old now fronts a rock band called “The Pretty Reckless”, and from what we now, she’s doing pretty fine (get the pun?). It is her constant look transformations that keep us talking. From girly and sweet to goth, dark and trashy, this lady is doing her own thing without any care for the public opinion. We are eager to see more of her in the future for sure.
6. Chris Hemsworth
When talking about drastic measures that actors will take to prepare for a role, it doesn’t get much more extreme than this man. Chris was put on a diet of 500-600 calories per day to lose weight for the new movie In Heart of the Sea. He was playing a starving sailor, and the diet worked, he really looked convincing. While he only lost around 7 kg, you could definitely tell a huge difference in his looks. He went from hunky to skinny pretty fast, but now he’s back to his usual masculine shape.
5. Zach Galifianakis
In 2015, a significantly thinner and beardless Zach appeared at the SAG awards. His new appearance blew everyone away, leaving the question: “What happened to the funny fat guy we know and love?” When asked what was the reason for his weight loss, he simply answered: “I’m dying.” Well, lucky for us, and him, it was a joke, and Zach later admitted that he had given up booze and started doing some exercise. Maybe it’s due to becoming a father, or maybe he just got tired of being chubby. It’s good to know that it’s not because of drugs.
4. Renee Zellweger
Bridget Jones shocked the world with her very different appearance on the red carpet a few years back. Not only did she lose weight, but her face look significantly older and, well differently shaped. Renee told us that the makeup magic has done the job, and that’s why she seemed so different. But, the evil paparazzi caught her a few times without makeup, and she was just as strange and unrecognizable. Nevertheless, Zellweger claims that she feels happier than ever and that she’s been living a more fulfilled life in the last few years.
3. Meg Ryan
Meg is the queen of romantic comedies. If at least one of her movies didn’t leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach, there is no hope for you. You are a cold, cruel creature. Anyway, Ryan’s career stretches for over more than 30 years. Being a full-time actress for such a long time, including being a mother of two, well, it’s anything but easy. And when the hard life left marks on her face, Meg decided to tighten things up a little bit. She’s 54 now, and her face looks as smooth as an ice rink.
2. Mickey Rourke
Former professional boxer and current actor – that’s not a combination you see every day. Mickey has left the big screen for boxing only to return after a few years. As some of you might have heard, punches are not a very good thing for your face. Especially if you want to be a public personality, so naturally Rourke admitted that they had a few procedures done on him. The only problem was that the doctor screwed up. Even Mickey said, “I went to the wrong guy to put my face back together.” That’s too bad, better luck next time!
1. Uma Thurman
Uma produced rumors after her unusual appearance at the premiere of US series The Stale. These rumors claimed that she had undergone a plastic surgery. Yup, Uma went under the knife. But, fortunately, the actress was quick to abolish these speculations. It turns out that her makeup artist was up for some experimentation. Thurman is famous for sporting minimal makeup and mild colors and this new style just didn’t suit her. Even she admitted that she looked “weird”, at the premiere. Anyways, Tarantino’s favorite girl is aging gracefully and is still beloved by the Hollywood public.