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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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Renee on

The cut looks good with her small face and large forehead. Her look before all you could see was hair and forehead. It makes her look younger also. Now if she could put more low-lights in her hair it wouldn’t wash her out soo much.

Gel on

Don’t think this hair cut is a Pixie cut but she looks good on it because this short hair suits her.

bobbie on

the hair cut is really cute, however, I have had a ‘pixie cut’ and that is no pixie is way too long for a pixie…it is just a short do…she is sooo tiny that I imagine she looks like a pixie in it…

blair on

This doesn’t look like a pixie cut. Too long for that, but this cut does look good on her.

Amaryllis on

I don’t like short hair, so no.

anna on

So Jennifer Lopez suggested it, and you do it? Why didn’t she suggest it for herself. Girls are vindictive…at least she looks cute with it. Jennifer could never rock it like this :)

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