It’s the shock TV makeover than has rocked and divided audiences worldwide.
And with viewers calling for the person behind her ‘butchered’ new locks to ‘be jailed’, Shailene Woodley has now defended her short blunt fringe on season 2 of Big Little Lies in an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that it was her very own idea to get the haircut.
The actress, 27, explained that the new look was vital for her character Jane to ‘move on with a new chapter’ and ‘be in control of her identity again’ following the traumatic events of season one – which saw the unravelling of her sexual assault storyline.
Shailene Woodley has defended her blunt fringe on season 2 of Big Little Lies, revealing that it was her very own idea to get the haircut
Fans of Big Little Lies were thrilled at the return of the ocean-side drama series at the beginning of the month, and even more delighted at the addition of Meryl Streep, who wowed with a deafening scream scene in the first episode.
However, one thing that viewers weren’t as taken by where Shailene’s new tresses, which consisted of a darker choppy baby fringe in comparison of her longer, lighter locks in season one.
And despite making the admission in a previous interview that it was her own choice to get bangs for second season, Shailene gave more context to the situation in a revealing interview about her character Jane.
Taking into consideration Jane’s backstory of rape by Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), Shailene explained: ‘She 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.’
The actress, 27, explained that the new look was vital for her character Jane to ‘be in control of her identity again’ following the traumatic events of season one
Fans of Big Little Lies were thrilled at the return of the ocean-side drama series at the beginning of the month
Makeover: One thing that viewers weren’t as taken by where Shailene’s new tresses, which consisted of a darker choppy baby fringe in comparison of her longer, lighter locks in season one (R)
The culmination of season one saw Jane figuring out that her rapist was the husband of Celeste (Nicole Kidman) after she arrived in town for her a fresh start.
Perry was eventually pushed down a flight of stairs by Bonnie (Zpe Kravitz) – which resulted in his death.
And Shailene explained his passing finally gave Jane an opportunity for a fresh start, which she made full use of by giving herself a fringe.
‘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,’ she stated.
Shailene also confessed she sought inspiration from her own actions for the brave bangs choice – explaining that following a ‘major break-up, celebration or big change’ getting a haircut was her way of ‘moving forward.’
‘Reclaiming her space’: Shailene gave more context to Jane’s new do for the second season as she admitted it was for her to ‘move on’ from the trauma of her rapist Perry’s death
The Divergent star’s new lock drew widespread criticism on social media
The Divergent star’s new lock drew widespread criticism on social media, with people tweeting the following:
‘Whoever is responsible for Shailene Woodley’s bangs in #BigLittleLies needs to go to jail.’
‘I do NOT accept Shailene Woodley’s bangs. AT ALL#BigLittleLies.’
‘I wasn’t mentally prepared for Shailene Woodley’s bangs in Season 2 of Big Little Lies.’
‘I don’t understand why they have butchered Shailene’s hair. She has the prettiest hair in Hollywood and they gave her *gulp* bangs. It’s so sad #BLL.’
‘Is there anything more severe in Big Little Lies than Shailene Woodley’s bangs?’
‘WHO decided to give Shailene those horrible bangs on Big Little Lies? they need to be FIRED.’
‘Not a single character on Game of Thrones is braver than Shailene Woodley’s season 2 bangs on Big Little Lies.’
However there were others who encouraged everyone to look past the haircut, and focus on her impressive acting skills:
‘The most relatable part of Big Little Lies so far is that Shailene Woodley’s character got bangs to help cope with everything that happened in season 1.’
Stop talking about the bangs and start talking about how SHAILENE WOODLEY IS REALLY GIVING IT ALL IN #BLL2 . EMMYS HERE WE COME.’
I stand with Shailene Woodley’s bangs.’
The most believable aspect of Big Little Lies season 2 is shailene woodley’s character getting bangs after experiencing a traumatic event.’
‘Shailene is acting despite these bangs; and THAT is worth recognition. #BigLittleLies.’