Every decade has stars so popular, they seem to define the era, and in the 1990s, there was no shortage of "it girls." Often, these actors were catapulted to stardom playing sweet or endearingly lighthearted characters and defined by that persona before later going dark and subverting that very persona. Some of these performances were in films and others for television, but each gave the actor an opportunity to play against type. This is a risky venture and not every actor is successful, but it can launch a star into even greater fame when it does pay off.
Some of these darker roles also came in the ‘90s, while others were released in later decades, often following the waning of the initial "it girl" status. In either case, the performances were good enough to provide new opportunities for the actors. Whether the film or TV show is dark, violent, or simply disturbing, these roles vary greatly from the persona each "it girl" was initially known for in the '90s.
Which '90s actors perfectly shed their "it girl" images? Vote up your favorite transformations below!
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