Occurring naturally in less than 5 percent of the population, red hair is on fire in Hollywood

By People Staff
Updated May 12, 2008 12:00 PM


Age: 46

Actress, mom of twins Eden and Savannah and natural redhead

“With the red hair, you get the white skin; it’s a package deal. The cons are that you never look particularly attractive on the beach. The pros are in a softly lit room, you look pretty. I use as high SPF as I can get, and I live under a hat like a mushroom all the time. Someone said they’re worried about their kids getting older and doing drugs, and I got this look of horror on my face and thought, ‘What if my girls don’t wear hats?’ But at 13 months old, they could say ‘hat.'”

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Age: 32

Definitely Maybe star and natural fiery redhead

“It was great having red hair as a kid because I had something to blame my temper on. Now I go for the same color palette as Conan O’Brien. I did dye it blonde once, but it backfired, as I had nothing to blame my temper on!”


Age: 33

Actress and enhanced strawberry blonde

“I am completely open to dying my hair for a role. Giselle, from Enchanted, had blonde hair for a second. I am happy that Disney agreed with me that I looked much better as a redhead. I do, however, love wigs. There is so much freedom in wigs. When I dyed my hair true red for the first time, I felt as if it was what nature intended. I have been accused of being a bit of a spitfire, so in that way I absolutely live up to the stereotype. The red hair suited my personality. I was a terrible blonde.”


Age: 33

Mad Men star and former natural blonde

“I’ve been red off and on since age 10, when I was obsessed with Anne of Green Gables. My mom said, ‘Let’s put a rinse on, and you can be Anne for a couple days.’ I was thrilled: It was carrot red. In high school I was a Goth girl, so I went from fire engine to purple to black. Recently two of my best friends started calling me Red. It’s funny because they’ve known me for years. I guess I’m convincing enough: With the red hair and some blush, it looks like I’ve been on the moors in Ireland.”

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Age: 47

Actress, author and natural redhead

“Nobody likes being different as a kid. In first grade kids called me Freckleface Strawberry—it was a drink mix. It is also the title of my children’s book. I dyed my hair blonde for a new movie called Blindness. It was fun for two days; then I started to hate it. I spent all my life wishing for different color hair, but now I felt too weird to enjoy it. The minute the movie wrapped, I changed it back.”


Age: 30

Starting Out in the Evening star and natural redhead

“There was something about Lucille Ball being a big part of my childhood; I feel she’s the reason I wanted to be an actress. Shirley MacLaine as well. These fierce women of showbiz with red hair—as a kid it was exciting to think I could be one of those redheads.”