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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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hmm on

I think it’s a nice hair cut, but not on her. It’s not horrible, but it just doesn’t do anything for her.

DebbieLG on

Love it, love it, love it!!!

Truthfinder on

I think she looks darling. The long blonde “Farrah Faucett” look is so over done. No offense to FF. This is a good look for her and I hope she keeps it. Too often, they cut it and then immediately let it grow out to the same ol’ thing.

Tess on

A short haircut done right is classier than long hair any day of the week!

ellepop on

Do any men like it? Just wondering…

ellepop on

P.S. I think she looks fantastic!

LJ on

Ah – she has spoiled her looks with botox and such. She doesn’t look healthy or natural anymore. She’s such a pretty lady – it’s too bad.

Valentina on

Wow, this cut has absolutely aged her. She looks much more youthful with long hair.

Judy on

This is not a pixie People. Why do you call every short cut a pixie? One does have wonder why JLo encouraged get to cut it, but doesn’t follow her own advice?!

Pamela B on

Nice and clean. I love that it shows more of her face.

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