10 Sexy Actors Who Looked Quite Repulsive in Roles

Kathryn Whitworth| April 17, 2015

Having good looks is probably one of the most important factors Hollywood personalities pay much attention on. In fact, more than half of the number of actors and actresses in Tinseltown are pretty much good-looking. And, because we are so used to seeing them in their best possible selves, the moment we see them on the big screen portraying repulsive roles, we think of it as quite disturbing.

Also, sometimes, they go a little further than what may be asked of them. They sacrifice their physical appearances for the sake of their characters. Nonetheless, it is fascinating to see them go the extra mile just to make their roles more believable.

Here are some of the most beautiful faces of Hollywood, who played unattractive roles on TV or film:

10. Ryan Gosling

Ryan-Gosling

Role: Dean Pereira

Ryan Gosling is a sexy Canadian actors, who rose to prominence as a child actor on Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club. He later made appearances in other family-oriented programs like Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps and starred in independent films, including The Slaughter Rule, Murder by Numbers, and The United States of Leland.

In 2004, he was introduced to a wider audience when he landed the title role in the romantic drama film The Notebook. His performance earned him an MTV Movie Award and four Teen Choice Awards. He won more roles soon after, such as the drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson and the socially hopeless loner in Lars and the Real Girl.

Although Gosling has morphed from a typical guy to a modern day sex symbol, his role in the romantic drama film Blue Valentine will never be forgotten.  It gave us an idea of what he might actually look like if he was a typical old man that had a rough start.

9. Jared Leto

Jared-Leto

Role: Mark David Chapman

Born in Bossier City, Louisiana, Jared Leto is an American singer, songwriter, director, and sexy actors, whose acting career began in the early 1990s with his role on the television series, My So-Called Life.

He eventually became known as a method actor, who puts himself deeply in his characters. The films he has worked on include How to Make an American Quilt, The Thin Red Line, Fight Club, American Psycho, Urban Legend, Requiem for a Dream, Alexander, Lord of War, Lonely Hearts, Mr. Nobody, and Chapter 27.

For his role as Mark David Chapman in the movie Chapter 27, Leto transformed into a paler and fatter version of his usual svelte self and received the Best Performance award at the Zurich Film Festival.

8. Tom Cruise

Tom-Cruise

Role: Les Grossman

Born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, Tom Cruise is an sexy American actors and filmmaker, who has already won three Golden Globe Awards, and received three Academy Award nominations.

At the age of 19, he started his big screen career playing roles in the movies Endless Love and Taps. His first major role was in the romantic comedy Risky Business. He turned into a full-fledged movie star after playing the title role in the 1986 film Top Gun.

Now, he is considered as one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood, having starred in such blockbuster films as The Color of the Money, Rain Man, Cocktail, Born on the Fourth of July, Far Away, A Few Good Men, The Firm, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Jerry McGuire, Eyes Wide Shut, and Magnolia.

Since he made it three times in People Magazine’s list of Most Beautiful People, people were shocked when he stripped off his good-looks playing Les Grossman in the film Tropic Thunder. He was bald, sweaty and chubby throughout the film.

7. Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline-Christie

Role: Brienne of Tarth

English model and actress Gwendoline Christie is known for her role as the lady knight Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. For her role though, she had to gain more or less 14 pounds to appear brutish. Although she is frequently criticized for her manliness in the series, her character is a favorite among many readers.

The English model and actress grew up in a village near the South Downs. As a child, she trained as a gymnast, but when she obtained a spine injury, she was forced to abandon that career and pursue acting. In 2005, she graduated from Drama Centre London.

Since then, she has worked on a number of theatrical productions, including Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and played supporting roles in the movies The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and The Zero Theorem. She will soon appear in more films, such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

6. America Ferrera

American-Ferrera

Role: Betty Suarez

Born in Los Angeles, California, sexy actors America Ferrera started acting at a young age, participating in various school plays, including Hamlet, Oliver! and Romeo and Juliet.

At the age of 15, she took acting lessons. But, in order to pay for them, she had to wait tables and baby sit. She later attended the University of Southern California and double majored in theater and international relations.

In 2006, she landed the lead role in the television series Ugly Betty. She played Betty Suarez, a Mexican American woman, who lacks a sense of fashion. To play the role, she wore braces, had thick eyebrows, and wore clothes that downgraded her looks. Although her role wasn’t charming, she won numerous awards for it.

5. Thesy Surface

Thesy-Surface

Role: Margaret McPoyle

sexy actors Thesy Surface was born in Chicago, Illinois. However, she was raised in London, England. At a young age, she started making appearances in various theatrical productions.

When she landed the role of Margaret McPoyle on the television show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, she had to endure two hours in the makeup chair. For four seasons, makeup artists had to transform her to a unibrowed, lip-licking, and deaf-mute Margaret.

4. Naomi Grossman

Naomi-Grossman

Role: Pepper

Born in Denver, Colorado, sexy actors Naomi Grossman performed in local theatre shows during her early years in the entertainment business. She attended Northwestern University, where she majored in theatre and later became a member of improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.

In 1990, she started her career in acting, appearing in television shows. In mid-2012, she auditioned for American Horror Story: Asylum and was cast as Pepper, a microphalic woman, who seems to have the maturity of a kid.

In preparation for the role, she had to shave her head bald. And, even if she looked funny, for the most part, she was really one scary-looking person.

3. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer-Aniston

Role: Claire Bennet

Jennifer Joana Aniston, or Jennifer Aniston, is a sexy American actors, businesswoman, producer, and director, who rose to prominence for playing Rachel Green on the television series Friends. Her character was so popular that it was recognized as one of the 100 greatest female characters in the United States television.

Aniston has also played lead roles in various romantic and comedy films, including Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go With It, Horrible Bosses, and We’re the Millers.

In 2014, she starred in the movie Cake, playing the lead role Claire Bennet. For the character, she hid her stunning looks and worked to get more weight. Even if she was totally unattractive, her performance received praise, with critics saying it was “Oscar-worthy”.

2. Christian Bale

Christian-Bale

Role: Trevor Reznik

sexy English actors Christian Bale is known for going extremes in preparation for his roles in films and television.

He first caught the attention of the public when he was 13, after he was chosen to play the English boy in the film Empire of the Sun. In 2000, his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho earned him critical acclaim.

In 2004, he was cast to play the role of Trevor Reznik in the film The Machinist. From having an athletic build, the actor lost 60 pounds to achieve the looks of a mentally ill factory worker, who had a skeletal appearance. He achieved this by placing himself on a strict diet of only coffee and apples.

1. Charlize Theron

Charlize-Theron

Role: Aileen Wuornos

Born in Benoni, South Africa, sexy actors Charlize Theron saw herself taking on a dancing career when she’d grow older. But, when she turned 16, she won a one-year modeling contract and moved to Milan, Italy. Theron spent a year modeling in Europe and after that, she and her mother moved to New York and Florida.

At the age of 19, she flew to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. Within the duration of her stay there, she went to a bank to exchange her check for cash. The teller refused to do this, so Theron got engaged in a shouting match with him. A talent agent saw her in the middle of doing this and gave her a business card.

Shortly thereafter, she was introduced to casting agents and enrolled in an acting school. After a few months, she landed roles in movies like Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest, 2 Days in the Valley, The Devil’s Advocate, Mighty Joe Young, and The Cider House Rules.

After appearing in a number of films, she starred as a serial killer in Monster. For the role, she had to transform herself into Aileen Wuornos, a terrifying-looking woman. So, she put on prosthetic teeth, heavy makeup, and gained weight. Her efforts paid off as she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for the role, as well as a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.

You might be thinking now that Hollywood is a strange place. While actors can be rewarded for looking glitzy and the glamorous, they can also be lauded for turning ugly. But, basically, the actors in this list were not judged by their looks. They went the extra mile and got the recognition they deserve as well as the admiration of the people who may have only known them only for their looks.

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