Evangeline Lilly had to bleach her hair ‘every 10 days’ to make it look natural blonde for film role: ‘It fell out by the end of the shoot’
Evangeline Lilly opened up during an interview with People about the effort she had to go to to make her hair look blonde in the movie South of Heaven.
The actress, 42, said she had to dye her hair every 10 days to make her look natural blonde, rather than platinum blonde.
“I was bleaching my hair every 10 days and by the end of the shoot it was falling out,” said the Ant-Man star.
Hard on her: Evangeline Lilly opened up during an interview with People in the movie South of Heaven about the effort she had to go to to make her hair look blonde.
Lilly said she and South of Heaven director Aharon Keshales both wanted her character to look like “sun and the source of life” in the film.
“I chose her to have the naturally blonde hair and a sort of warmer complexion so she would look radiant, healthy, vibrant and full of life,” the Lost star said.
“But that maintenance became very difficult because I wanted her to look like she was a natural blonde.”
She also faced the challenge of cutting her hair very short before the movie started filming, a decision she made for fun and not for the character.
Smooth shave: Lilly shaved her head for fun about a year before she even started shooting for South of heaven
Hair Loss: The actress had to die off her hair so many times that it started falling out at the end of the shoot
‘[My hair] was as short as it grew a millimeter, you could see it,’ said the star. “I bleached my hair every 10 days and it fell out by the end of the shoot.”
While some fans have speculated that she originally cut her for this role, Lilly revealed she was doing it “just for fun.”
“When it came time to play this part, I didn’t really know if I should do anything to change my appearance, because I already had a shaved head!” said the actress.
Not much to change: The Real Steel star, seen here in 2015, didn’t have such long locks when filming started, so she didn’t even have to cut her hair to play the part.
South of Heaven is a crime thriller that revolves around Jimmy, played by Jason Sudeikis, who is released from prison after serving 12 years for armed robbery. He is released because his love Annie, played by Lilly, will die of cancer.
However, Jimmy finds himself pulled back into the seedy underbelly of the town he lives in when he tries to earn some extra cash to give Annie the best year of her life.
Sudeikis and Lilly star alongside Shea Whigam of Boardwalk Empire fame and Luke Cage star Mike Colter in the film.
Keeping busy: Lilly, seen here in 2018, acted in South of Heaven and will reprise her role as Hope Van Dyne in the next Ant-Man movie
Outside of South of Heaven, Lilly kept busy.
The Real Steel actress starred in the movie Crisis earlier this year and lent her voice to the Marvel series What if…?
She will reprise her role from Hope Van Dyne’s Marvel Cinematic Universe in the film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which is currently being filmed and slated for release in 2023.