10 Actresses And 5 Actors We Bet You Couldn’t Recognize In These Different Gender Roles

Actors love to be versatile. This not only revitalizes their career but also gives them a boost from critics who fall in love with their challenging performances. To accomplish this they take on unconventional roles. The most talked-about and difficult role for an actor or actress to play is that of a different gender. Not only do the actors have to learn how to carry themselves but also learn how to talk and walk as that particular gender. Naturally, a role like this gives them a lot of media attention but also can get them criticized by critics and fans alike.


1Gwyneth Paltrow

‘Shakespeare in Love’ was a 1998 romantic period comedy-drama film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes. The movie was a hit at the box office and was nominated for seven Oscars. In the movie, Gwyneth Paltrow played ‘Viola de Lesseps’ who would occasionally dress up as ‘Thomas Kent’ to try to impress Shakespeare. She won an Oscar for her performance.

Gwyneth Paltrow

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2Kathy Burke

‘Kevin & Perry Go Large’ was a British teen comedy film released in 2000. The movie featured actor Harry Enfield as ‘Kevin’ and Kathy Burke as ‘Perry’. The movie, however, did not win any hearts with critics who gave it mixed reviews. However, due to the incredible soundtrack, the movie has now a cult following.

Kathy Burke

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3Blanca Portillo

Blanca Portillo is a Spanish actress who was seen in the 2006 Spanish war film ‘Alatriste’ that also starred actor Viggo Mortensen from the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ fame. The actresses played the role of a male inquisitor fray named ‘Emilio Bocanegra’. She was unrecognizable in the role thanks to the incredible makeup.

Blanca Portillo

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4Linda Hunt

‘The Year of Living Dangerously’ released in 1982 and was based on Christopher Koch’s 1978 novel of the same name. The movie had a few big names like Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver but the star of the movie was Linda Hunt. She played the role of a male dwarf named ‘Billy Kwan’. Her performance was so good that she won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Linda Hunt

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5Elle Fanning

The 2015 drama film ‘3 Generations’ dealt with the topic of being transgender and how a family of three generations comes to terms with it. In the movie, actress Elle Fanning played the role of ‘Ray’ who was a teenage transgender man. Unfortunately, for all the star power in the movie and the gripping premise, the movie received mixed reviews from critics.

Elle Fanning

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