7 female stars who proudly shaved their heads for roles

From Natalie Portman to Charlize Theron, these actresses aren't afraid to shed their locks in the name of good storytelling.

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Tilda Swinton in 'Doctor Strange.' Tilda Swinton in 'Doctor Strange.' (Photo: Doctor Strange)

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Tilda Swinton

For her transformation into "The Ancient One" in Marvel's "Doctor Strange," British actress Tilda Swinton decided that the best look for a character hundreds of years old would be one without hair.

"We could have gone with all sorts of other things but at the end of the day it felt like the freshest and just the keenest combination of the options and at the same time the most modern," she said. "And I like the sort of gender-free nature of the character. It just feels like the most ancient old crone you could imagine and also a newborn."

Swinton said that she loved the look and was equally thrilled that it would help save costs on the accompanying toys. "I kept thinking of the merch," she said. "I kept thinking, I’m saving so much plastic because Lego isn’t going to have to make a little wig for me."

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