AceShowbiz - Joey King is ready to give her all for acting, including making a huge transformation for her new role. On Monday, October 8, the "Kissing Booth" star took to her Instagram account to share a video of her shaving her head clean for her role on Hulu's upcoming true-crime series "The Act".
The video saw the 19-year-old star looking surprisingly calm when a stylist cut her locks down to a buzz cut. "My name for the next 4 months, is Gypsy Rose Blanchard," she wrote in the caption. "This story is very disturbing and I am honored to be able to portray it. What a wild ride this will be on 'The Act' @hulu Link in my bio for the exclusive interview I gave with @allure talking about the decision to shave my head for a 3rd time for a project I’m so ready to take on."
King also posted a snap of her with her new power cut while rocking oversized sunglasses.
Fans went wild over the huge transformation with some of them saying that it was "stunning" and "cool." Another fan wrote in the comment section, "You make me want to go bald."
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My name for the next 4 months, is Gypsy Rose Blanchard. This story is very disturbing and I am honored to be able to portray it. What a wild ride this will be on “The Act” @hulu Link in my bio for the exclusive interview I gave with @allure talking about the decision to shave my head for a 3rd time for a project I’m so ready to take on.
Of her decision to shave her head, King told Allure, "I've never really had an attachment to my hair. I couldn't care less what happens to it. No part of me was nervous or was second-guessing it. So many people would ask me, 'Are you really scared?' or 'Are you nervous?' or say, 'You're so brave.' And I'd go, 'I'm not brave, I'm just cutting my hair off.' "
She continued, "A little bit over a month ago, I decided, 'Screw it, I'm going to go blonde.' And then after I was blonde for a little while, before I shaved my head, I got this crazy idea and I just went to the store, got a box of blue hair dye, and my sister dyed my hair blue for me. And then I had my future brother-in-law, just on a whim, cut my bangs for me."
The first season of "The Act" follows the real life story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the Missouri woman who murdered her abusive mother Dee Dee Blanchard (Patricia Arquette) after her mom manipulated her into portraying herself as terminally ill for almost her whole life.
Dee Dee started to abuse Gypsy right after she was born. The latter tried to escape her mom's abusive hold, leading her to kill him in 2015. According to experts, Gypsy was the victim of Munchausen by proxy, a rare form of abuse in which a guardian exaggerates or induces illness in a child for attention and sympathy.