We are all Jo March in “Little Women” when a too-short chop brings on the tears.
Saoirse Ronan perfectly captures Jo’s pain in director Greta Gerwig’s new version of the film (in theaters now), after shearing her hair into a David Bowie-like crop to help provide funds for her ailing father. “Your one beauty!” cries Amy.
“My hair,” Jo later sobs, sitting dejectedly on the staircase. In that moment, Jo is all of us after a devastating trip to the salon. Ronan’s been there, too.
“Over the summer, I had a haircut and (the hairdresser) just like, gave me a bob,” she says. Not what Ronan was hoping for. “This girl was cutting my hair, I was like, ‘That’s great! Just like that.’ And she just kept cutting and I was like, ‘No, it’s fine like that!’ “
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Inches continued to fall. “It was awful. You know when you’re just strapped to the chair and you can’t leave?” Ronan asks. “I hated that.”
It’s not the only time Ronan suffered from a bad ‘do. “I had bangs when I was 12 because I needed to look like a boy in this film that I was doing about Harry Houdini, and I hated it so much!” she says.
Gerwig’s nightmare hair day happened when she was being styled for an event years ago.
“I looked like I came from ‘Designing Women,’ ” she laughs, saying her hair turned out enormous. “I didn’t know how to say no and I didn’t know how to stop it. And the hair just kept getting bigger! They said to me at one point, ‘Your hair should always be bigger than your hips.’ And I was like – my hair is going to be very big.”
But Gerwig remembers another risky cut quite fondly. “I had a haircut I loved, which no one else loved. It was about half an inch all over my head. It wasn’t really a pixie, it was just sort of very short. I felt really good! And I remember I walked in, and my mom was reading the newspaper. And she looked up at me, and then she went, ‘Huh.’ ”
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