20 Famous Redheads Who Will Have You Calling Your Colorist ASAP

Samantha Sasso
·7-min read

Natural redheads might only make up 2% of the population, but that hasn't stopped a whole spectrum of red shades from dominating salons and gracing the heads of stars who may or may not have been born with it. From New York to L.A., trendseekers have been requesting everything from red-velvet transformations to auburn highlights.

If you haven't found enough inspiration yet while bingeing Riverdale or Game of Thrones — seriously, those shows are filled to the brim with the burnished color — we've got a long list of famous redheads ready to make the case for trying the trend sooner rather than later. From Emma Stone's glossy strawberry blonde to Rihanna's mahogany bob, there's no shortage of red inspiration. Our favorite red-headed celebs, ahead...

<strong><h2>Isla Fisher</h2></strong>A natural-born redhead, Fisher once told <em><a href="https://www.mensjournal.com/entertainment/isla-fisher-on-red-hair-romance-and-getting-confused-for-amy-adams/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Men's Journal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Men's Journal</a></em> that although she was teased a lot as a child for her fiery color, she embraces the unique feature now — even if she sometimes gets confused for fellow actress Amy Adams.<span class="copyright">Photo: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage.</span>

Isla Fisher

A natural-born redhead, Fisher once told Men's Journal that although she was teased a lot as a child for her fiery color, she embraces the unique feature now — even if she sometimes gets confused for fellow actress Amy Adams.Photo: Daniele Venturelli/WireImage.
<strong><h2>Amy Adams</h2></strong>For her part, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2016/11/129416/amy-adams-red-hair-color" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Adams is a natural blonde," class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Adams is a natural blonde,</a> not redhead. But the color change, which she initially did for a role, dramatically influenced her career: She says that as a blonde, she was too often labeled as "flirtatious" or "dumb" in auditions — and the second she went red, she was able to snag roles she never had before. Even so, Adams knows her entire career can't be credited to something as superficial as the color of her roots. "It’s just hair color. It was really fascinating to see just one element of yourself change people’s perception and that became a very powerful tool for me, even in my acting," she said at a <a href="https://people.com/style/amy-adams-changing-hair-color-red-dramatically-influenced-acting-career/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:New York Times-hosted TimesTalk" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>New York Times</em>-hosted TimesTalk</a> in 2016.<span class="copyright">Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.</span>

Amy Adams

For her part, Adams is a natural blonde, not redhead. But the color change, which she initially did for a role, dramatically influenced her career: She says that as a blonde, she was too often labeled as "flirtatious" or "dumb" in auditions — and the second she went red, she was able to snag roles she never had before. Even so, Adams knows her entire career can't be credited to something as superficial as the color of her roots. "It’s just hair color. It was really fascinating to see just one element of yourself change people’s perception and that became a very powerful tool for me, even in my acting," she said at a New York Times-hosted TimesTalk in 2016.Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>Julianne Moore</h2></strong>Moore has never confirmed whether or not her deep auburn hair color is natural or not, but if her daughter and mini-me <a href="https://people.com/movies/julianne-moore-brings-15-year-old-lookalike-daughter-as-her-date-to-new-york-fashion-week/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Liv Freundlich" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Liv Freundlich</a> is any indication, that's the kind of color you just can't get out of a bottle.<span class="copyright">Photo: George Pimentel/Getty Images.</span>

Julianne Moore

Moore has never confirmed whether or not her deep auburn hair color is natural or not, but if her daughter and mini-me Liv Freundlich is any indication, that's the kind of color you just can't get out of a bottle.Photo: George Pimentel/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>Jessica Chastain</h2></strong>Like Fisher, Chastain didn't learn to love her <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/08/166101/jessica-chastain-movies-red-hair-wigs-roles" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:red hair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">red hair</a> until adulthood. "As a child, I didn't want to be different — I wanted to look the same as everyone else because I didn't want to be singled out," she told <em>Refinery29</em> in 2017. "I was ridiculed for having red hair, for having freckles. But whatever you are ridiculed about that makes you different is what you'll celebrate in the future. If I wanted to dye my hair, I could, but I realized that's who I am, and my differences [make me] special." Now, she never wants to change her color — unless it's for a role and includes a wig.<span class="copyright">Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images.</span>

Jessica Chastain

Like Fisher, Chastain didn't learn to love her red hair until adulthood. "As a child, I didn't want to be different — I wanted to look the same as everyone else because I didn't want to be singled out," she told Refinery29 in 2017. "I was ridiculed for having red hair, for having freckles. But whatever you are ridiculed about that makes you different is what you'll celebrate in the future. If I wanted to dye my hair, I could, but I realized that's who I am, and my differences [make me] special." Now, she never wants to change her color — unless it's for a role and includes a wig.Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>Lil' Kim</h2></strong><br>Kim isn't afraid of experimenting with her hair color, but it was the fiery orange-red in the early 2000s that had people stanning the hardest. Now, the <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/copper-hair-color-ideas" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:copper hue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">copper hue</a> is back — and one of the biggest trends of the moment.<span class="copyright">Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.</span>

Lil' Kim


Kim isn't afraid of experimenting with her hair color, but it was the fiery orange-red in the early 2000s that had people stanning the hardest. Now, the copper hue is back — and one of the biggest trends of the moment.Photo: SGranitz/WireImage.
<strong><h2>Lindsay Lohan</h2></strong>One of our favorite redheads since the <em>Parent Trap</em> days, Lohan's auburn roots have gone through quite an evolution over the years, but her cherry-wine hue is one of the best.<span class="copyright">Photo: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.</span>

Lindsay Lohan

One of our favorite redheads since the Parent Trap days, Lohan's auburn roots have gone through quite an evolution over the years, but her cherry-wine hue is one of the best.Photo: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>Emma Stone</h2></strong>At one point, Stone's <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/emma-stone-red-hair" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:red hair was so popular" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">red hair was so popular</a>, people flocked to the salon begging to copy her copper color. Sure, she's a natural blonde, but even her go-to colorist <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/emma-stone-hair-colorist-tracey-cunningham" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tracey Cunningham" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tracey Cunningham</a> admits that Stone looks her best with the burnt-orange hue you know her for.<span class="copyright">Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.</span>

Emma Stone

At one point, Stone's red hair was so popular, people flocked to the salon begging to copy her copper color. Sure, she's a natural blonde, but even her go-to colorist Tracey Cunningham admits that Stone looks her best with the burnt-orange hue you know her for.Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>Madelaine Petsch</h2></strong>When <em>Riverdale</em> first premiered, people were sure <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/01/221713/madelaine-petsch-red-hair-riverdale" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Petsch's cherry-red hair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Petsch's cherry-red hair</a> was fake — but the actress later divulged that she's never touched dye in her life. "My hair is very much real," she told <em><a href="https://www.flare.com/celebrity/madelaine-petsch-interview/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Flare" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Flare</a></em> in 2017. "If I dyed my hair, my mother would actually disown me."<span class="copyright">Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic.</span>

Madelaine Petsch

When Riverdale first premiered, people were sure Petsch's cherry-red hair was fake — but the actress later divulged that she's never touched dye in her life. "My hair is very much real," she told Flare in 2017. "If I dyed my hair, my mother would actually disown me."Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic.
<strong><h2>Bryce Dallas Howard</h2></strong><a href="https://www.glamour.com/story/bryce-dallas-howard-red-hair-secrets" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Howard is a natural redhead" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Howard is a natural redhead</a>, but <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/4UKBfMCg0y/?taken-by=traceycunningham1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cunningham" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cunningham</a> is to credit for this lighter strawberry-blonde hue. A few years ago, the colorist revealed on Instagram that she used highlights to brighten Howard's naturally darker red hair.<span class="copyright">Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images.</span>

Bryce Dallas Howard

Howard is a natural redhead, but Cunningham is to credit for this lighter strawberry-blonde hue. A few years ago, the colorist revealed on Instagram that she used highlights to brighten Howard's naturally darker red hair.Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>Connie Britton</h2></strong>This strawberry-blonde color might not be Britton's by birth, but it looks so good, it might as well be. The <em>Dirty John</em> actress revealed to <em><a href="https://www.southernliving.com/fashion-beauty/hairstyles/connie-britton-hair-products" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Southern Living" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Southern Living</a></em> that her roots are actually a “mousey brown."<span class="copyright">Photo: J. Merritt/Getty Images.</span>

Connie Britton

This strawberry-blonde color might not be Britton's by birth, but it looks so good, it might as well be. The Dirty John actress revealed to Southern Living that her roots are actually a “mousey brown."Photo: J. Merritt/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>Taraji P. Henson</h2></strong>Henson has never let herself feel pinned down by a "signature" look before, but if we had to pick one of our favorites, it would be her <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/04/196904/taraji-p-henson-hairstylist-tym-wallace" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:big chop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">big chop</a> in 2017. To complement the new, short style — the shortest she'd ever gone — Henson highlighted her curls with a reddish hue that looked so good, we still miss it.<span class="copyright">Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images.</span>

Taraji P. Henson

Henson has never let herself feel pinned down by a "signature" look before, but if we had to pick one of our favorites, it would be her big chop in 2017. To complement the new, short style — the shortest she'd ever gone — Henson highlighted her curls with a reddish hue that looked so good, we still miss it.Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>Sophie Turner</h2></strong>For the first few years of filming <em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/01/221808/sophie-turner-hair-game-of-thrones-interview" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Game of Thrones" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Game of Thrones</a></em>, Turner had to dye her hair up to twice a week to maintain Sansa Stark's fiery <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/07/163316/sophie-turner-red-hair-game-of-thrones-season-7-premiere" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:red color" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">red color</a>. Nowadays, she prefers an icier blonde hue — and wigs when she's in character — but we'll never forget how good her Stark red really was.<span class="copyright">Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage.</span>

Sophie Turner

For the first few years of filming Game of Thrones, Turner had to dye her hair up to twice a week to maintain Sansa Stark's fiery red color. Nowadays, she prefers an icier blonde hue — and wigs when she's in character — but we'll never forget how good her Stark red really was.Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage.
<strong><h2>Lana Del Rey</h2></strong><br>Seemingly a natural blonde, Lana Del Rey's red hair fits her perfectly and probably fooled many into thinking it was her natural color. Last March, the singer used lemon juice to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/lana-del-ray-blonde-hair-lemon-juice-quarantine#:~:text=It's%20hard%20to%20imagine%20Lana,use%20a%20box%20of%20color." rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:lighten her blonde roots" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">lighten her blonde roots</a>, but her red hair remains a staple look.<span class="copyright">Photo: Jason Merritt/WireImage.</span>

Lana Del Rey


Seemingly a natural blonde, Lana Del Rey's red hair fits her perfectly and probably fooled many into thinking it was her natural color. Last March, the singer used lemon juice to lighten her blonde roots, but her red hair remains a staple look.Photo: Jason Merritt/WireImage.
<strong><h2>Dascha Polanco</h2></strong>The <em>Orange is the New Black</em> actress proves that rich red highlights are the easiest way to refresh natural brunette hair.<span class="copyright">Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage.</span>

Dascha Polanco

The Orange is the New Black actress proves that rich red highlights are the easiest way to refresh natural brunette hair.Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage.
<strong><h2>Nicole Kidman</h2></strong><br>Longtime fans of Kidman will know that the <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/06/202772/nicole-kidman-best-beauty-looks" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Big Little Lies actress" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><em>Big Little Lies</em> actress</a> wasn't always Cinderella blonde; in fact, her earliest roles feature her with bouncy ringlets and strawberry hair. Kidman won't likely go back to the color any time soon, but you can rewatch <em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/10/214056/practical-magic-90s-beauty-trends" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Practical Magic" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Practical Magic</a></em> for the thousandth time whenever you miss it.<span class="copyright">Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.</span>

Nicole Kidman


Longtime fans of Kidman will know that the Big Little Lies actress wasn't always Cinderella blonde; in fact, her earliest roles feature her with bouncy ringlets and strawberry hair. Kidman won't likely go back to the color any time soon, but you can rewatch Practical Magic for the thousandth time whenever you miss it.Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>Janet Jackson</h2></strong>One of our favorite memories from the '90s: Jackson's red curls. Lucky for our nostalgia, Jackson frequently revisits the color, most recently at the 2015 BET Awards.<span class="copyright">Photo: Mark Davis/BET/Getty Images.</span>

Janet Jackson

One of our favorite memories from the '90s: Jackson's red curls. Lucky for our nostalgia, Jackson frequently revisits the color, most recently at the 2015 BET Awards.Photo: Mark Davis/BET/Getty Images.
<strong><h2>Rihanna</h2></strong>We know, we know: Rihanna is brunette. Still, she's played with ruby-red hair more than once — think the <em>Loud</em> era and the 2015 Met Gala.<span class="copyright">Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.</span>

Rihanna

We know, we know: Rihanna is brunette. Still, she's played with ruby-red hair more than once — think the Loud era and the 2015 Met Gala.Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.
<strong><h2>Julia Roberts</h2></strong>Roberts might have made her Hollywood debut as a brunette — remember <em>Mystic Pizza</em>? — but she's most recognizable as a redhead, thanks to her rom-com hits, like <em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/12/185924/julia-roberts-red-hair-2017" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pretty Woman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pretty Woman</a></em> and <em>My Best Friend's Wedding</em>. While she spends most of her time today being a sun-kissed blonde, she sometimes goes back to her (fake) roots every now and again.<span class="copyright">Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.</span>

Julia Roberts

Roberts might have made her Hollywood debut as a brunette — remember Mystic Pizza? — but she's most recognizable as a redhead, thanks to her rom-com hits, like Pretty Woman and My Best Friend's Wedding. While she spends most of her time today being a sun-kissed blonde, she sometimes goes back to her (fake) roots every now and again.Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage.
<strong><h2>Gillian Anderson</h2></strong><br>When Anderson reprised her iconic role as supernatural investigator Dana Scully from the '90s hit <em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/04/151234/the-x-files-coming-back-fox" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:X-Files" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">X-Files</a> </em>a few years ago, fans were disappointed that she chose to wear a wig instead of going back to her famous copper hair. Turns out, Anderson was just as excited to be a redhead again — but was warned by a colorist that she risked <a href="https://ew.com/article/2015/06/26/x-files-gillian-anderson-why-im-wearing-wig-play-scully/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:going bald" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">going bald</a> to play Scully <em>without</em> a wig. At least we still have retro Scully for some inspo.<span class="copyright">Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc.</span>

Gillian Anderson


When Anderson reprised her iconic role as supernatural investigator Dana Scully from the '90s hit X-Files a few years ago, fans were disappointed that she chose to wear a wig instead of going back to her famous copper hair. Turns out, Anderson was just as excited to be a redhead again — but was warned by a colorist that she risked going bald to play Scully without a wig. At least we still have retro Scully for some inspo.Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc.
<strong><h2>Kate Mara</h2></strong>Kate Mara's natural red already looked amazing, but she took the auburn color to another level with her pixie cut at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2016.<span class="copyright">Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage.</span>

Kate Mara

Kate Mara's natural red already looked amazing, but she took the auburn color to another level with her pixie cut at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2016.Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage.

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