actors 13 Actresses Known for Roles Opposite to Who They Are in Real Life  

Lisa Waugh
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List Rules Vote up the actresses who are most different than their characters.

It's an actresses job to act (duh). It can't be all too surprising some actresses don't necessarily identify with their characters. Many of the most popular cinematic villains and heroines are played by actresses who say they don’t have the time or the energy to be that bad or good in real life. It stands there are so many actresses who are different than their characters. 

Game of Thrones's Lena Headey is one of those actresses who are nothing like their characters. She’s a self-described “clumsy nerd” who has never wine-boarded anyone, nor slept with a relative. Gilmore Girls's Alexis Bledel is another of these actresses known for roles that are nothing like they are. She's even mentioned her belief that Rory Gilmore is too perfect. Maybe that's the reason she nearly showed some nip on Mad Men?

Of the many Hollywood actresses who are different than their characters, which do you think are the most dissimilar? Cast your votes below!

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Jennifer Lawrence


Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 13 Actresses Known for Roles Opposite to Who They Are in Real Life
Photo: Graham Norton/Twentieth Century Fox

In real life: Jennifer Lawrence’s non-fake persona has gotten just as much attention as her roles. She’s not interested in pretending to be packaged and polished and she’s open about who she is and how she sees the world.

In film and TV roles: Lawrence has played a wide range of characters, though some of her most well-known roles, such as those in Winter's Bone and The Hunger Games, have the actress playing relatively reserved, quiet characters. Writer/director David O Russell has given her the opportunity to play characters closer to her fiery self in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and Joy.

Notable quote: “As hard as it is and as tired as I am, I force myself to get dinner at least once a week with my girlfriends, or have a sleepover. Otherwise my life is just work.”

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Carrie Fisher


Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 13 Actresses Known for Roles Opposite to Who They Are in Real Life
Photo: Carrie Fisher via Instagram/Disney

In real life: When she first started out, under the influence and under contract, fans believed Carrie Fisher to be a lot Princess Leia. We’ve come to learn she's an outspoken and fierce woman who is funny as hell, not exactly far afield from Princess Leia but with added grit and realness. Fisher’s books, including memoir Wishful Drinking, and body of work are proof.  

In film and TV roles: As Princess Leia, Fisher is a sci-fi icon. The actor has a complex relationship with her Star Wars character and was rightfully prickly about being asked to drop 40 pounds to play General Leia in The Force Awakens. After all of this time, diehard fans appreciate that Leia and Fisher have melded to some extent. 

Notable quote: “There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.’”

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Maisie Williams


Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 13 Actresses Known for Roles Opposite to Who They Are in Real Life
Photo: BBC/HBO

In real life: Maisie Williams is both lighthearted and serious. She loves a good laugh but takes her career seriously. Like her Game of Thrones character Arya Stark, Williams doesn’t take BS, but she uses Twitter to take people down, not Needle. 

In film and TV roles: William showed audiences she’s more than Arya Stark with her work on Doctor Who and the film The Falling. Still, she holds Arya near and dear. As for her acting career, she’s all about letting it happen a certain way. “It needs to happen organically,” she explained to Deadline. “Everything that’s happened in my career so far has happened really organically... when the time is right, I know I’ll be able, as an actor, to create a new character and have the confidence to do that.”

Notable quote: “I’d never want to be trapped. I never like to stay in one place too long. I always flit around, I never settle anywhere. So being married would be being trapped.”

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Chloë Grace Moretz


Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 13 Actresses Known for Roles Opposite to Who They Are in Real Life
Photo: Despierta America/Columbia Pictures

In real life: Chloe Grace Moretz once told MTV she’s not interested in playing normal characters.

"I have quite a normal family [laughs] and I'm kind of bored with how normal my family is. I want to mess stuff up a bit and I choose the kind of messed-up characters 'cause I find that that's acting — it's doing things and exploring emotions you otherwise wouldn't be able to explore."

In film and TV roles: She can say that again. Moretz’s first role, as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass, is about as far from boring as an actor can get. Sure, she’s had her If I Stay kind of roles, but she’s definitely tried to stay on the other side of normal. 

Notable quote: “I actually work at my craft, and I actually want to be the best in my category, and I want to be a true actress. And a lot of people just want fame, and there's a huge difference.”

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