In Hollywood, it’s easy to be pigeon-holed in a certain persona -- like America’s Sweetheart, for example. While falling in to that adorable category can seem all fine and peachy, some actresses just need to break out and go to the dark side every once in a while, whether by playing the villain or engaging in some twisted behavior on screen to show the world that you’re not some 14-year-old Disney starlet anymore.
In the film Beautiful Creatures, Lena Duchannes possesses strange powers. On her 16th birthday she must decide her fate -– will she be good or will she be bad? In honor of Beautiful Creatures, take a look at some of Hollywood’s favorite sweethearts that have gone to the dark side –- on screen, of course.
1. Emmy Rossum
Emmy has starred in films such as The Day After Tomorrow and the classic musical Phantom of the Opera, but goes to the dark side as Lena’s cousin Ridley Duchannes in Beautiful Creatures. Having powers of persuasion on men, this is one chick that you don’t want to mess with.
2. Natalie Portman
Natalie has always played a wide variety of roles but tends to stick to the good side, like in Star Wars, Garden State and even Friends With Benefits. But with her Oscar-winning performance in Black Swan, she lands the role of the white swan, Princess Odette, which slowly makes her go crazy and turns her into the life-taking black swan. Watch out, 'cause this is one messed-up ballerina!
3. Emma Watson
We all know and love Emma as the smart and clever Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, but she’s stepped away from that as Nicki in the upcoming film The Bling Ring. Emma plays the role of one of the fame-obsessed in a group of teenagers who rob the houses of famous stars, like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Not totally evil, but definitely warped.
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4. Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa was the ultimate sweetheart when she got her start on the Disney Channel’s High School Musical. But she shed that good-girl image with drugs, violence and sex when she starred as Candy in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, alongside Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson. Troy Bolton would be shocked!
5. Dakota Fanning
Long gone are the Charlotte’s Web days when Dakota was just an adorable little girl. She grew up and turned evil –- in film that is -- when she took on the role of Jane in The Twilight Saga, a member of the Volturi. With the gift to send pain to anyone in a split second and her chilling glare, she shows why she’s high up in this bad vampire gang.
6. Emma Roberts
Going from playing the mystery-solving Nancy Drew to the guilty mastermind behind a series of killings is exactly what Emma has accomplished. Starring in Scream 4, Emma plays the fame-hungry psychopath who will kill just about anyone to separate herself from her famous cousin, Sidney Prescott -- even her own mom!
7. Charlize Theron
Known for playing the red-hot leading lady in films like Reindeer Games and The Italian Job, Charlize completely transformed herself to play Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute turned serial killer in Monster. But hey, it won her the Oscar for Best Actress, so it was probably worth looking a little, um, rough for a few months!
8. Drew Barrymore
In her personal life, Drew went through some tough times but always seemed to come off as the sweet girl-next-door in her movie roles. That is, until she starred in Poison Ivy, her breakout role as a seductive teen that gets close to another student in order make her way into the girl’s wealthy family. That's one Drew Barrymore character you don't want to date.
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Which good girl gone bad is your favorite?