Hilary Swank Dishes On Her Charitable New Haircut

11/12/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

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Hilary Swank has never been one to shy away from going to great lengths for a role — whether it was her close crop for Boys Don’t Cry or gaining pounds of muscle for Million Dollar Baby — and her role as do-gooder is no different. Swank recently let Oprah Winfrey chop off a reported nine inches of her hair on TV to go to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Prior to receiving her Time for Peace award, Swank told PEOPLE of her new do, “I love it. It’s great to change things up.” And as for what prompted the decision to cut her hair off for charity, the Oscar winner said, “To help a woman who is going through probably the biggest fight of her life with dignity… to be able to cut my hair off and help make a real hair wig for Pantene Beautiful Lengths it’s a great thing to be able to do.” We couldn’t agree more. Click here to find out more about the Beautiful Lengths program.

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claudia on

she looks like a man, she has big ears.

Helen on

She looks like Matt Damon, dressed like a woman.

Mary on

I don’t think you people understand. Yeah, Hilary could’ve just written a fat check to the program/charity/research. But no one would hear about it. By cutting her hair and donating it, Hilary creating awareness. That can actually do more, because when people (like you and me) are aware, they will feel inspired to do the same.

And who cares if you get a bad haircut as a result? At least you are doing something to help others, and hair always grows back.

Rylah Jade on

I thought that Hilary cutting her hair was a great thing to do. The picture shown doesn’t do the cut justice. I lost my hair because chemo in May, and for me my self-confidence is at it’s lowest. The wig that will be made from her hair will make someone very happy. No amount on a check can bring self-confidence back.

Angela on

If Hilary wrote a $1 million cheque and then publicly encouraged other celebrities to Match her EVERBODY would hear about it. A cure is a far better goal than a wig. Her Butch new look is Awful and does nothing to genuinely help patients. I do not think you will find a single patient who would rather a rug than a cure.

Roxanne on

Her Butch haircut is AWFUL. She looks like the GUY who fixes my car. If this is about charity, write a cheque. Making a mess of yourself does nothing and if she used her “celebrity” to raise money instead of self serving photo-ops she could actually achieve something.

Denise on

Hair hair is a total mess. She should have made a serious donation instead of getting a butch haircut and then used her star power to get others to donate more, they would be one step closer to a cure. People say a cheque can’t replace their hair, true, but if they CURED cancer nobody would lose their hair anymore.

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