Natalie Dormer, star of Game of Thrones, unveiled a new ‘do at the SAG Awards Saturday night, walking down the red carpet with half her head completely shaved.

Dormer Shaved Her Head For 'The Hunger Games: Mokingjay'

Dormer, who credits her recent makeover to her upcoming role as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mokingjay, says she originally shaved half her head in October and has been hiding it with wigs and hairdressing tricks.

“It’s been hidden for three months. It happened back in October. I was, you know, waiting for the right moment,” Dormer tells EW.

Dormer, clearly a fan of the big reveal, has said that adjusting to her new hairstyle was relatively easy once she had it done.

“It was a bit weird lying in bed for the first few nights. [One] side feels normal, [the other] side doesn’t feel so normal against the pillow…[And] hats fit differently,” Dormer admitted.

Dormer knew that a hair makeover would be necessary when she took the role of Cressida, described in Mockingjay as being a rebel from the Capitol with a completely shaved head. Dormer says she was ready to do whatever it takes for the character, but is very pleased with the half-shaved look.

Francis Lawrence, the director of Mockingjay, and I discussed it and I took the job on the premise that I would possibly [have to] shave my whole head. I’m actually really pleased that we went halfway because I think it’s more the Capitol…and that’s where Cressida comes from. She comes from the Capitol, so she’s got a stylized thing going on and now she’s turned rebel. I think it’s right for the character,” Dormer said.

Though nervous at first, Dormer says she was excited to change up her look and revealed that she absolutely loves the half-shaved look.

“The hair department of Mokingjay did it and I love it,” Dormer said, “A little trepidation but I was excited.”

In fact, Dormer loves the look so much, she might even keep it after she’s done filming. For her role as Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, Dormer dons a wig, so her daring haircut wouldn’t affect her life on the show. Dormer once said that the wig was the one part of her costume that truly got her into character as Margaery:

“The key is the wig. The hair department on Game of Thrones is incredible. I go from my long blonde hair to this brunette color… I look in the mirror in the hair chair and that’s when I see Margaery,” she told EW in September, 2013.

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