Portraying characters onscreen not only takes immense acting brilliance, actors need to also look the part.
Costume design, styling, and makeup allow these artists to transform to make their dramatic performances believable and real. One glaring part of this is the unexpected, stunning and impressive hair transformations that brought the crowning glory to these actors’ winning characterizations.
In this episode of Kapamilya Snaps, we look at how Kapamilya stars changed their hairstyles, either by haircuts or wearing a wig, for their teleserye roles.
Kathryn Bernardo (La Luna Sangre)
When Kathryn Bernardo played Malia in La Luna Sangre, she had to look like a man to fulfill a prophecy in her mission to defeat the vampire king Sandrino (Richard Gutierrez). This meant Kathryn had to don a boyish haircut.
Liza Soberano (Make It With You)
In Make It With You, Liza Soberano played a Filipina con artist in Croatia named Billy, who was also a hardworking OFW lovingly supporting her beloved family back home. In her appearances in Croatia, she had curly brown hair and had to wear various wigs.
Andrea Brillantes (Huwag Kang Mangamba)
In taking on the role of Mira in Huwag Kang Mangamba, Andrea Brillantes had to appear as a long-haired girl who had been blind but regained her sight through faith and devotion. In real life, however, Andrea has short hair and wears a wig to play the part.
Matteo Guidicelli (Bagani)
As Lakam in Bagani, Matteo Guidicelli sported long straight hair, which was not usual for this clean cut chap, along with red armor being the son of the ruler of the Trade Region.
Dimples Romana (Kadenang Ginto)
Iconic a character she played, Dimples Romana sashayed with grace and elegance as the famous antagonist Daniela in Kadenang Ginto. In its second season, Daniela’s bob cut became viral as it appeared in memes widely shared on social media. Initially, Dimples wore a wig because she could not get a haircut as she was still finishing a movie, but eventually she had hair trimmed to a real bob cut in real life.
Jane Oineza (Precious Hearts Romances Presents Araw Gabi)
Only a few recognized Jane Oineza instantly on Precious Hearts Romances Presents Araw Gabi when she portrayed Amber, a vengeful woman out to seek justice for the murder of her sister. In her first antagonist role, Jane made her hair incredibly short to introduce a fiercer, more mature version of herself.
Erich Gonzales (The Blood Sisters)
Considered one of her most remarkable portrayals, Erich Gonzales actually played three characters on The Blood Sisters – triplets separated at birth and would later reunite. To distinguish each character, Erich had to wear different hairstyles—she donned a bob cut as Erika, a ponytailed do for Carrie, and long curled hair for Agatha.
Jodi Sta. Maria (Sana Dalawa Ang Puso)
A first for premiere actress Jodi Sta. Maria, playing the twins Mona and Lisa in Sana Dalawa Ang Puso needed two totally different characterizations. And portraying each needed different looks, and as such Jodi looked boyish as Mona, yet looked glamorous with different hairstyles as Lisa.
Julia Montes (Doble Kara)
Also playing a dual role, Julia Montes portrayed the twins Kara and Sara in Doble Kara and wore different hairdos such as short hair with highlights, long hair, and even a pixie cut to depict the sisters’ ups and downs together, but would eventually end up with an unbreakable bond.
Kim Chiu (My Binondo Girl)
As Jade in My Binondo Girl, Kim Chiu was disregarded by her family. But by being a strong-willed woman, she would do anything to get the respect that she deserves. In trying to rejoin her family, Jade pretended to be her brother, and thus had to don a boyish cut.
Coco Martin (FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano)
Who doesn’t know or recognize Cardo? Coco Martin has made his character a household name being the everyman hero primetime viewers cheered on for almost six years on FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. In one of his most unforgettable moments in the series, Cardo mimicked a woman to take down a human trafficking ring. Here he transformed into the sultry Paloma, gorgeous, eye-catching locks that could capture a man’s heart.
Who among these actors impressed you most with their hair transformations?