The Word: ‘Doctor Who’ star Karen Gillan goes bald for new role

When she played Amy Pond on “Doctor Who,” Karen Gillan was known for her gorgeous head of red hair. Now that she’s no longer the Doctor’s companion, she’s apparently ready to leave that look behind.

Karen plays the villainous alien queen Nebula in the upcoming Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and she shaved off her signature ginger locks for the role. The actress revealed her new look at Comic-Con this weekend, whipping off her wig to reveal her shiny scalp beneath. It’s a surprisingly flattering look, actually. Apparently if you have perfect bone structure, insanely beautiful hair is just icing on the cake.

Karen is not the only one making big changes for “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Her costar Chris Pratt is ripped.

Chris, who play lovable small-town slacker Andy on “Parks and Recreation,” seemed to be getting into method acting this year – Andy got tubbier and tubbier as the season wore on. Turns out it wasn’t because of April’s awesome cooking: Pratt was bulking up for a role in “Delivery Man.” But his next role will be a superhero in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which requires him to bulk up in a different way, and as his Instagram account proves he’s been changing his lifestyle accordingly (and very successfully).


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