Penélope Cruz With Short Hair: Believe It - But Do You Love it?

06/06/2014 at 01:11 PM ET

Sure, its just a wig, but when we first saw these photos of Penélope Cruz sporting a super-short chop, panic set in. Her hair is just that major, and we weren’t ready to say goodbye. So what’s the deal with her new look?

Penelope Cruz pixie wigSplash News Online; FameFlynet

Cruz, 40, sported the the cropped cut on the Madrid set of her new movie Ma Ma, in which she plays Magda, a mother forced to overcome some kind of life tragedy. And while her strong features would probably work with any haircut (let’s face it, a face like hers would look great with a shaved head), it’s a complete 180° from her gorgeous long brunette tresses.

For Cruz, the wig helped her really get into character. “Acting interests me a great deal more than playing someone very much like myself,” she told Variety. “The further away she is from me, the more possibilities that offers as an actress. That’s acting: the beauty of risk, facing up to the unknown, placing yourself in the skin of someone you invite into your life for a time, someone who isn’t you.”

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Now that it’s clear her hair is only for a role, we have to know what you think about it. Should she make the short cut a reality or do you hope she keeps her long locks forever? Vote in our poll below and share any additional thoughts in the comments!

–Brittany Talarico

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Dee on

She’s a lovely woman and actually doesn’t look bad with the short wig. She puts me in mind of a young Sophia Loren.

Megan on

Nope, not cute. Not cute at all. Which is a little shocking since she’s so thin, usually the skinny girls can really pull off the pixie.
Maybe it’s her features? I don’t know what it is but this isn’t working at all…not even a little.

Celeste on

Her long hair is so pretty and suits her well.

LuvLeeRita on

She looks best in long hair.

laura on

I don’t get how women with all that long hair can fit it under a pixie wig without having their head look huge. Can someone explain it to me – I have never worn a wig.

Cody Teichner on

No way because her face does NOT do well with short hair. Not simply because her hair is fantastic.

So glad she’s back to doing Spanish films. She shines there!

Larna on

Wow. She looks like Manu Genobli.

disneymommy75 on

She does not have a very attractive face. She’s kind of a package deal (hair, teeth, figure)in order to look attractive.

Andrea on

Thank goodness it’s a wig. I love her long hair.

Emma on

Hair is NOT that major. There are so many other things that are infinitely more important than something as shallow as hair length.

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