Jennifer Aniston Undergoes an Onscreen Tress-formation!

05/15/2009 at 11:45 AM ET

Suzanne Hanover/Samuel Goldwyn Films

For her new role as a traveling saleswoman in the film Management, which hits theaters today, Jennifer Aniston trades her famous head of perfectly tousled hair for a darker auburn bob that’s a distinctive departure from her signature relaxed glamour. “She wanted to look very different,” says Melissa A. Yonkey, her hairstylist on the film, “but didn’t want to cut or dye her hair.” Jen’s solution? A $10,000 custom wig created by her offscreen hair guru Chris McMillan. “The color was very complimentary on her. She’s got wonderful warm skin,” says Yonkey. And the new look was all for the sake of art. “With that blond hair, she’s very known as Jennifer Aniston.” says Yonkey, “and I think sometimes that takes away from watching the story”. But don’t think the hairstylist wasn’t at least a little worried about taking style risks with one of America’s most famous movie stars. “I was actually very, very concerned,” she says. “She’s so well-known for her hair that I was waiting for a lot of backlash. But I haven’t had it yet.” Tell us: What do you think of Jennifer’s onscreen hair?Reporting by Nicholas White

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Noel on

I thought in one of her interviews Jen said that she had another role she was filming right after this. So it wasn’t so much that she didn’t want to change her hair, but that she couldn’t because then she’d need a wig or extensions for the other role.

Grace on

I agree Carlo. This is what she really looks like..without her highlighted flat-ironed hair. She was really great in Friends, has a different look, but is not a classically “beautiful” woman. I have heard she is a really nice person, and is making the most of what she has. Amazing what stylists, makeup artists and hair dressers can do to transform a person -they do it all the time on “What Not to Wear.” BTW, I am so tired of hearing about her, her personal romance problems, and the Brangelina thing. She and the media need to get over it and go away…

flo on

I think you are all just jealose of her and wished it was you

Pizon on

Sounds as if a lot of felines have their claws out. In my opinion (a key phrase) I’ve seen better acresses and I’ve seen worse. A lot of her fame does come from what “Friends” made her but I still enjoy watching her movies. I still feel that girl next door quality come through but I’m sure that’s a mind set that I have and not so much her acting ability. The wig in this case does make her look more like you might picture your steriotypical sales woman to be so maybe it accomplishes the goal. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion but I question the mean spiritedness of some of the comments. Hey if you don’t like her looks or her acting, don’t watch her on the screen. I would venture to say though that most women would love to be her and most men would love to have her love.

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Erin on

Something that bothers me here is that while it’s pretty commonplace for actresses to wear wigs or otherwise alter their appearance for roles, now that it’s Jen there’s this subtext that it’s extravagant or vain that she did exactly that. All of a sudden we’re hearing about how much the wig costs when I’m sure other actresses have worn pricier wigs. We’re hearing about how she “didn’t want to” change her own hair when she had another movie coming up and maybe couldn’t do that. Pizon, I agree, I think the claws are out.

lisa on

please. NO MORE JEN.
we are sick and tired of her boring, boyish face with a potato nose and the same expression in every pose. bland. find someone more interesting. thanks, – L

shg on

Dowdy – hey, she looks like everyone else now – without the $600 highlights! Oh, wait – it took $10000 to look like this?

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glo on

I think Jennifer is so attractive with her blonder hair when it’s full, but that’s besides the point. Look at Angelina as a blonde in Salt–very unattractive. Also unattractive as in goth black hair on a recent cover of Star magazine. So there. Jennifer is better, without a doubt, as her golden California self. ANYBODY would look frumpy with this hair and minimal makeup. Even the beautiful Charlize T. in Monster looked rotten. Jennifer was stunning at the film’s premiere with her great hair, great figure, and simple dress and earrings. she truly doesn’t need much to enhance her natural looks, but she DOES need blonde hair.

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