Game of Thrones' Lena Headey Gets a Big Cut (the Good Kind)

03/20/2014 at 03:01 PM ET

Lena Headey haircutNeil Davidson/HBO;Rob Latour/Rex USA; Taylor Hill

As the sinister Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, Lena Headey is known for luxurious platinum blonde locks that cascade down her royal garb. But like many Games stars, that’s a stark contrast to Headey’s real-life look.

Without her character’s wig, “I don’t get as much attention, but people do still recognize me,” says Headey at the show’s New York premiere of Season 4 on Tuesday. “There was a lady going through my bag at the airport and she kind of looked up and said ‘I know who you are.’ It was an awkward moment.”

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She may be even harder to recognize now that she’s chopped inches off her locks — a decision the 300 star made at the last moment recently. “I was at a photo shoot and I had washed it so it was wet,” explains Headey, “I’d never met the hairdresser and there was no mirror but I said ‘You know what? Cut it off!'”

It’s a command Cersei might ordinarily issue as a death sentence, but for Headey, the decision gave life to an edgy new look. “I just felt instinctively about it,” says the actress, showing off her wavy bob on the red carpet. “I love it.”

Which way do you like Headey’s hair best? Think Cersei should get a bob too?

–Janine Rayford Rubenstein

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Hair , Hair Changes , TV & Movies

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Emosia on

I really do like this cut….saw her on the Seth Meyers show and it really suited her….

Smithy on

Contrary to pilar belief…..MOST women do NOT look good with hair beyond their shoulders. This is flattering.

cucu on

So excited about season 4!!

Cory on

Yeah… I call this a cover for what is to come in Season 4 of GOT. Will not spoil for those who are not familiar with the books… but yeah… Lena Headey… I think we know what’s really going on here! :P

Jamie on

I loved her in Dredd and I think it was short in that too and it really suited her.

guest on

love it, she looks fantastic.

J. on

Most women don’t look good with short hair, but she wears it well.

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