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Kristin Chenoweth: How Jennifer Lopez Convinced Me to Get a Pixie Cut

11/04/2013 at 12:28 PM ET

Kristin Chenoweth pixie cutRodrigo Vaz/Filmmagic

While getting ready to shoot the movie The Boy Next Door, Kristin Chenoweth was chatting with costar Jennifer Lopez — “Just girl talk,” she says — when Lopez suggested that Chenoweth try a bold new hairstyle: a pixie cut.

“It was funny that she would say that because I’ve been kind of thinking about it, but I didn’t know I could do it that short,” Chenoweth told PEOPLE on Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup, where she performed on the Santa Anita Park infield between races.

With Lopez’s encouragement, Chenoweth, 45, went to the salon of her hairdresser, Jonathan Hanousek, on Halloween Day — and with eyes closed tight, let him chop away her long blond hair (and its volume-adding extensions).

“I didn’t watch,” she says. “Jonathan said, “You’re going to kill this. You’re going to rock this. Just trust me.”

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The result was an adorable pixie that had fans buzzing; a PEOPLE online poll shows that fans overwhelmingly love Chenoweth’s new look even as the actress-singer herself is still adjusting.

“It’s actually more healthy. I think I’ve needed this for a long time,” she says. “I’m in my 40s. I was nervous about being so exposed. It is what it is. I am what I am.”

But she has no regrets. “I encourage people to go for it,” she says. “There is nothing wrong with having a change in life. And guess what: Hair grows back.”

Are you loving Chenoweth’s new look?

– Mike Fleeman

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Toni on

I absolutely love it!! You rock!

Diana S Fetterman on

I like her hair short but it is not a pixie cut, it is more of a very short bob.

vag on

I look at her and want to puke

Karolina on

She looks great … definitely pulls off the cut beautifully. Though I won’t call this a pixie cut exactly .. unless I am mistaken pixies are even shorter than this…either way, love it.

Jaci on

I love it more every time I see it….. It’s making me wanna chop away!

Suzanne on

She looks amazing! So much prettier and more beautiful. Didn’t think it was possible, because she is so pretty already but she did it

justsaying on

One has to wonder when a gorgeous, sexy long haired woman suggests to you to cut all your hair off.

BBB on

@justsaying, I was thinking something similar! If it’s such a great style, wouldn’t they have done it rather than sport the exact opposite look? Their face shapes aren’t so dissimilar that it would favor one over the other.

Jaki on

The hair cut suits her because of her age and she is petite.

BH on

Is this all she has to worry about?

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