Maggie Gyllenhaal's Pixie Cut: Why She Went Short

04/10/2013 at 05:48 PM ET

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With Michelle Williams growing out her super-short hair, someone has to take her spot on Team Pixie — and it looks like that someone is Maggie Gyllenhaal, who debuted a cute crop a few weeks ago.

But though she’s rocking her new do, it was more a result of necessity than desire, she told PEOPLE at the Kate Young for Target launch party.

“I originally cut it … in, like, a bowl cut for a movie,” she said. “But when I got home I was trying to figure out what to do with it, so I asked Serge [Normant] to cut it, and he cut it all off!”

Luckily she likes the new look, but she does confess that she sometimes daydreams about long, luxurious locks.

“I have a fantasy of what it would be like to have mermaid-style long hair, but I wasn’t even close to that when I cut it last time,” she said.

PHOTOS: Vote on more dramatic star hair changes here!

And as for how husband Peter Sarsgaard reacted to her dramatic new look?

“I think the way he feels about me really does not have a lot to do with my hair,” she said, “and I’m really incredibly grateful for that.”

Tell us: Do you like Gyllenhaal’s short cut? Would you rock a similar look?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Michelle Ward

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veggie mama on

Maggie is adorable and REAL. She doesn’t look like a plastic Barbie doll with fake blonde locks. She is cute, but she is a great actress, which is what she came here to do.

lara on

WOW, @claire, really? You must be such a genuine person both inside and out. Kudos to you.

JoAnne on

Shes wrong about her husband not caring about her hair. Its a known fact that major majority of guys are attracted to long hair. Maybe he’s not part of that majority? Fair enough, perhaps, but i really doubt it. She looks like a guy with guy hairstyle in my opinion

TexasDey on

I love it. Maggie is one of those people who look better with short hair.

BBB on

Obviously his love isn’t tied to her hair. But at the same time, you should hope he feels SOMETHING about how your hair looks. It’s part of her, she should want him to notice her and like what he sees. Not that she should do things FOR him but if he completely disregards her physical being then he’s missing out. She wouldn’t want him to be neutral about her inner being, so why promote neutrality about her outer being?

gigigirl on

Love her. She can do no wrong in my eyes. You’re perfect Maggie! Mostly because you are NOT the cookie cutter girl we are made to believe is perfect.

Jocelyn on

Holy cow, it looks amazing. I’m so glad she took the plunge.

THAT girl on

i think she looks amazing, it makes her eyes even bigger and more beautiful!

Jordan on

I love Maggie!!! And now I love her husband even more!!!

tigs on

I’m not a fan of the pixie cut but it does look good on her.

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