While “Big Little Lies” is packed full of drama, one of the most controversial elements of the show’s second season just might be Shailene Woodley‘s new blunt bangs.
Social media users haven’t been particularly kind to her character Jane Chapman’s bold new haircut, but according to the 27-year-old actress, the change was all her idea.
“I’ve been in this position in my life where, after a major breakup, triumph or celebration or after a big change, a lot of people alter the way they look,” the HBO star told The Hollywood Reporter. “I know for myself, it’s always been haircuts and piercings. That’s been my way of moving forward in new chapters of my life.”
She continued, “I felt that for Jane, she’s carried this weight of not feeling in her own body because of what happened to her for eight years. She felt disconnected from her own identity on not just an emotional and mental level, but on a physical level as well. At the end of Season 1 when Perry (Alexander Skarsgard) died, I felt like maybe two or three weeks after that incident she would have woken up one morning, looked at herself in the mirror and thought, ‘This isn’t who I am anymore. This monster is gone and I’m not going to let him live in me or control me any longer.’”
Elaborating on the backstory she created for the role, Woodley explained, “In that moment, I feel like she took a pair of scissors and cut her bangs herself. And she went through her closet and gathered up almost everything and took it to the nearest clothing swap store and donated it and got new clothes in order to reestablish and be in control of her identity again. I felt like that would have been her reclaiming her space, even if it was a subconscious decision, because this ghost who has been a part of her identity for so long had then left on the physical level.”
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