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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.

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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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carlosavs7 on

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claire on

maggie is not cute, no matter what..

Juli on

The cut is just prevcious on her……she’s adorable and I love her comment about her husband.

laurie on

she has the best cheek bones ever! she’s cute as a button in her short hair

Laura on

I love her short hair. I’ve been wearing my hair short for better than 25 years. Long hair is a bore.

Robin on

Ditto that Laurie and Juli! She looks great! Not many women can pull off that short pixie cut, but she nails it!

Heather on

She’s a great actress. I know she can’t help it, but her lopsided nostrils annoy me. They look normal in this pic.

Guest on

@Heather…..really?! Her nostrils annoy you? Your judgemental attitude annoys me!

daniela on

I watched in a tv interview. She is so pretty, much prettier then her photos. I really liked her also.

DaisyMoon on

So I guess I’m the only one that thinks this cut really ages her…

Ranna on

Love her and her hc!! I got mine cut like this in January and love it!! Have gotten so many compliments about it too.

kara on

Gorgeous gal!… also a fantastic actress!

cj on

love it! brings out her eyes! so cute on her…

Heather on

I prefaced by saying she couldn’t help it. But they’re so large and lopsided. It’s hard to focus on her acting when they’re sitting on her face like two Lincoln tunnels.

Melisa on

Claire, your comment isn’t cute either.

I think Maggie is down to Earth and a great actress. She is fantastic.

Tammy on

I love love her and her hair!! I just chopped all mine off and I love it!

Mel on

There’s always been something about her that reminds me of a young Annette Bening (who can also totally rock a short hairdo). I think she looks great!

Carolyn on

Looks like a nose job to me.

Eric on

Yeah, if he can get past her face why would the haircut be a problem? lol

Rain on

She actually looks better with that cut.

Shanna on

Love her, love her hair…she’s looks great !!!!

Wendy on

I love this hairstyle on her, very cute! Wonder why people aren’t dissing her like they are Miley so much! They both look cute with short hair and I hope they keep it that way!

Maleficent on

It is actually much more flattering than her normal look.

mobeter3 on

I love her answer. If I were married, I would want my wife to believe that the love is not follicle- or face-dependent. The directness of her answer shows that she loves herself, too.



Laura on

I love this style on her. It really works well with the shape of her face (a sign that her hairdresser knows what he’s doing behind the scissors – not all hairdressers do) and, as others have said, not everyone can pull off a pixie. I think Maggie can wear her hair any which way she wants to and look good.

kyliekoo on

Actually, I think the husband comment is rather downgrading. You should be loved in sickness or in health, or with short or long hair, or maybe a few extra pounds, or maybe with no makeup one day. Why all the obsession with appearance. Try going through chemo and not having any hair.. would he be bothered by that?

Andrea on

Just got mine cut short and my next move is going to be for a pixie. It’s so liberating to have short hair. I suggest everyone try it, at least once in their life.

iYa on

Why are people making a huge fuss about pixie cuts? Long hair is soooooo overrated!

guest on

absolutely love her hair. but she could wear a bowl cut and would still look super cute.

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.

Carrie M on

I like Maggie but I do not like the style on her.

Tess on

Love the cut on her! Short hair, done right, is always better than long hair.

wymom2003 on

No one said, “Maggie, did your husband quit loving you over your haircut?” They just asked what his opinion of it was. Her answer was snooty and pretentious.

Heather on

I don’t think it was snooty. I think she understood that the journalist was really asking how a man is reacting to her hair, since most men prefer long hair.

kitty on

i love her. too cute hair, maggie!


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