Considering that RuPaul’s Drag Race is a mainstay of my entertainment diet, it’s a bit surprising when a wig on television actually makes me do a double-take. But that’s exactly what happened when I tuned into FX’s The Strain, which stars smouldering chrome-dome Corey Stoll as a CDC agent with a full head of hair. Creator Guillermo del Toro has copped to being behind this follicular felony, saying that he needs to be able to show the character going through a significant transformation, and starting with bare earth didn’t offer him much to work with. (I personally still haven’t gotten over the image of Stoll trying to rape Jonathan Groff with a beer bottle in C.O.G., so it’s all upside for me.)
Anyhow, it got me thinking about other times where wigs have – for better or for worse – distracted from the actor, the performance, or, in one case, an entire sinking ocean liner. Let’s wig out!
Megan Boone, The Blacklist
Clearly, insidious anti-hair mastermind James Spader was behind the decision to put the adorable Boone under a ten-pound mop. Fans of the show quickly became obsessed with the wig, and complained to the point where the actress actually had to ask people to stop being so mean to her fake hair and just enjoy the show for what it was: Not Silence of the Lambs.
Stephen Moyer, True Blood
Let’s be honest: Bill Compton’s hair is a hot mess, and has been since Season 1. At one point his bangs had their own Twitter handle (@billsbangs). But no amount of head-spinning sex or fraternity house slaughter could prepare us for the national nightmare that is William Compton’s hair during this season’s Civil War flashbacks. Can we get back to the bloodbath, please? This is just creepy.
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Granted, both Harrelson and his costar Matthew McConaughey sported some fabulous faux ‘dos in the acclaimed HBO series. And ironically, it would appear that for the flashback scenes Harrelson had to put on a wig, while McConaughey had to pull on his wig for the modern-set scenes. Maybe that’s why they worked so well together as a team? They were like the Jack and Mrs. Sprat of toupees.
Stephen Amell, Arrow
Don’t even get me started on Ollie’s f*cking flashback hair. The only thing that could make constantly flashing back to that damned island any worse than it already is? The guaranteed appearance of that wretched wig. I mean, just look at the pic on the right, without the wig. See how much better he looks?
Wait, what were we talking about again?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Appropriately enough, Selina Meyer’s hair is a war crime, and should be punishable as such. Which made the moment when she cut her hair in the last season without consulting her campaign team all the more hilarious.