Actresses Who are Unrecognizable In Male Roles

Words might fall short when describing Hollywood—one of the biggest showbiz platforms in the world! And who said that the industry's leading ladies could never play a male protagonist on-screen? Well, whether it was Hilary Swank's masculine features in Boys Don't Cry or Gwyneth Paltrow's handsome appeal in Shakespeare in Love, the talented divas of Hollywood proved that they're nothing less of Hollywood's leading men. These photographs demonstrate the same thing—real talent comes in different shapes, sizes, and gender!

Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt

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Image Credits: Getty Images/Corbis Entertainment/Kurt Krieger - YouTube/Dune Buggy - Columbia Pictures/Salt

If there's one star among the rest who drifts the stardom with her impeccable acting prowess, she's undoubtedly Angelina Jolie! And when one of the most beautiful starlets bristled with manliness in Salt, there could be no one better to pull off like a pro as a naval officer in the movie. Moreover, she was stunningly unrecognizable in her masculine makeover!

Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena

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Image Credits: Getty Images/J. Countess - Getty Images/Hulton Archive - Fox Searchlight Pictures/Boys don't cry

When Hilary Swank donned the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry, she routed her career to a dazzling Oscar nomination and Golden Globe in 2000, winning both in the "Best Actress" category! Eventually, the film went on to become one of the most acclaimed blockbusters of the year, two decades back.

Cate Blanchett as Jude Quinn

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Image Credits: Getty Images/WireImage/Daniele Venturelli - YouTube/YouTube Movies - Paramount Pictures/I'm not there

Jade Quinn essayed by Cate Blanchett in I'm Not There is one of the ideal opportunities that the Australian starlet bagged to shift Bob Dylan's personae to the screen. This biographical movie revolves around the young American singer-songwriter's ordeals set in the backdrop of the '60s.

Amanda Bynes in She's the Man

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Image Credits: Getty Images/FilmMagic/Jon Kopaloff - YouTube/Movieclips Classic Trailers - Lakeshore Entertainment/She's the man

When a teenage film was enrolled in 2006, there could've been no one except Amanda Bynes to don the masculine character of her on-screen brother, Sebastian Hastings, in She's the Man! While she also essayed the role of Viola Hastings, her makeover into a charming young lad did help her surge her appeal as a popular face in the late 2000s.

Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola de Lesseps

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Image Credits: Getty Images/Pascal Le Segretain - YouTube/Miramax - Miramax/Shakespeare in Love

Could there be anything better than a handsome young man in a tale of love, romance, and of course, Shakespeare?! Perhaps, when Gwyneth Paltrow donned the role of Viola de Lesseps who disguises herself into a handsome young man named Thomas Kent to impress Shakespeare, she went on to garner appreciation from the audience and critics alike! Paltrow won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and two SAG Awards for her tremendous performance in Shakespeare in Love.

Tilda Swinton as Orlando

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Image Credits: Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson - Wikimedia Commons - Sony Pictures Classics/Orlando

Tilda Swinton took the audience to a profound journey, far from superficial with her impeccable performance as Orlando in 1992 titular, Orlando. Having breathed a lot of life into her character, Swinton tackled identity with a fantastic makeover that defies the naked eye of the real face behind the on-screen depiction.

Milla Jovovich as Joan of Arc

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Image Credits: Getty Images/FilmMagic/Toni Anne Barson - YouTube/Movieclips Classic Trailers - Columbia Pictures/The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

Perhaps it could be quite challenging to tell the sexes' reality between Milla Jovovich's on-screen portrayal and the real Milla herself! Her characterization as a young and brave-hearted visionary in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc did help her pull it off like a pro but under the mask of a masculine role!

Meryl Streep in Angels in America

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Image Credits: Getty Images/FilmMagic/Isaiah Trickey - YouTube/Harrison Bleiberg - HBO/Angels in America

Remember the 2003 American HBO miniseries, Angels in America? Perhaps, this is one among the many on-screen depictions where Meryl Streep has proved her cinematic transformation into almost any role, including that of the opposite gender. In Angels in America, she fabulously reaffirmed her role as an angel and also an aged rabbi.

Linda Hunt as Billy Kwan

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Image Credits: Getty Images/David Livingston - YouTube/The Back Focus - MGM/The Year of Living Dangerously

When Linda Hunt essayed the role of Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously, she pushed aside the rest, pulling it off like a pro! Going on to the next level for this masculine role, Linda dyed her hair and plucked her eyebrows to resemble a man. Eventually, her performance earned her an Oscar win for "Best Supporting Actress" in 1983.

Elle Fanning as Ray

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Image Credits: Getty Images/GC Images/Ignat/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images/Andreas Rentz - Big Beach Films/3 Generations

3 Generations captivated the audience with its comedy-lined dramatic depiction of the story based on three generations of women. And when Elle Fanning played the role of Ray, a teenager who undergoes a gender transition, the makeover made her almost next to unrecognizable!

Blanca Portillo as Friar Emilio Bocanegra

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Image Credits: Getty Images/NurPhoto - YouTube/Natural World - 20th Century Fox/Alatriste

Alatriste had everything to call it a purebred entertainer—action, adventure, and a crew of stunning cast! But if there is something that didn't go unnoticed was how spectacular Blanca Portillo looked when she played Fray Emilio Bocanegra.

Mariah Carey in Obsessed 

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Image Credits: Getty Images/Jamie McCarthy - YouTube/Mariah Carey

Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel includes a track titled Obsessed that had a perfect fusion of instrumental and vocals by none other than Mariah Carey. Eventually, the American singing sensation took the visuals of this amazing song to the next level by doubling her character as Carey herself, followed by a stalker, also played by Carey, who follows her everywhere.

Kathy Burke as Perry

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Image Credits: Getty Images/Gareth Cattermole - YouTube/YouTube Movies - Tiger Aspect Productions/Kevin and Perry go large

Do you remember the 2000 teen comedy titled Kevin & Perry Go Large and each of its comical scenes that pushed you to the ground with laughter?! Moreover, Kathy Burke's fabulous makeover into one of the male leads, Perry, had her swaying the audience with laughter, giving her another milestone in her acting career.

Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs

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Image Credits: Getty Images/George Pimentel - YouTube/YouTube Movies - Mockingbird Pictures/Albert Nobbs

When Glenn Close pushed aside her compact and lipstick for a male character in Albert Nobbs, she landed in an Oscar nomination for her impeccable performance. Apart from reprising her role as Albert Nobbs in the movie, Close had also written the screenplay for it.

Were you able to recognize these amazing actresses in their male makeover? Perhaps, it could have been quite a challenge without having their names or original pictures revealed, right?! Well, tell us what you think about these talented divas who look amazingly unrecognizable in male roles. Let us know in the comments section below!

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