Zooey Deschanel Is Officially a New Girl With Blonde Hair Transformation

Zooey Deschanel was nearly unrecognizable as she ditched her signature brown hair for a Farrah Fawcett-esque blonde 'do. See the New Girl alum rocking curtain bangs.

By Gabrielle Chung May 31, 2023 8:40 PMTags
Watch: Zooey Deschanel Looks Totally Unrecognizable in Selfie Without Bangs

Who's that girl? It's Zooey Deschanel!

But you may have not known it from the New Girl alum's latest selfie. After all, Zooey swapped her signature brunette locks for a wavy blonde 'do a series of selfies shared to Instagram May 30. One image showed the 43-year-old clad in a blue bodysuit, black puffer coat and gray sweatpants as she showed off her hair transformation, while she was pictured in another standing inside what appeared to be a makeup trailer.

In both snaps, Zooey had curtain bangs instead of her trademark blunt fringe, prompting her to write in the caption, "who's she?"

Indeed, her new look had many fans doing a double take, with Nicole Scherzinger writing in the comments section, "giving me Olivia Newton-John vibes!" 

Other celebs people thought she was channeling included Christina ApplegateChelsea Handler and Farrah Fawcett.

"I legit did not recognize you," one commenter remarked, while another joked, "Everyday she proves why people would've not recognised Clark Kent was Superman."

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So, what's the story behind Zooey's blonde look? The sky-high hairstyle is actually for the actress' upcoming appearance on the third season of the '80s-based Apple TV+ series Physical. Per Variety, Zooey will play Kelly, a former sitcom star who jumps into the burgeoning fitness business at the height of the decade's aerobics trend.


Keep reading to see her bodacious 'do, as well as other dramatic hair transformations.

Priyanka Chopra

The Heads of State star debuted a drastic haircut—a shoulder-grazing bob—while attending a Bulgari event in Rome on May 20. 

Jessica Biel

In May 2024, the actress chopped her hair into a bob that many fans on social media said reminded them of one of the looks she sported as Mary Camden on the '90s series 7th Heaven.

Megan Fox

The Transformers actress returned to her dark brown tresses and debuted a sassy bob in May 2024, a month after she dyed her hair blue to enter what she dubbed her "Jedi era."

Dannielynn Birkhead

At age 17, the daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith debuted a new lob hairstyle overnight during 2024 Kentucky Derby weekend, which she attended with dad Larry Birkhead.

Demi Lovato

The singer debuted a lighter, shorter 'do in April 2024.

Kelly Osbourne

The Fashion Police alum debuted a blonde bombshell hair transformation May 8.

Kim Kardashian

Back to blonde: Kim debuted a new platinum 'do in April 2024.


The Fenty Beauty founder debuted a bright blonde hair transformation April 17 while celebrating her latest Fenty x Puma collection in London.

Delilah Belle Hamlin

The model debuted a bleach blonde pixie cut at the FRAME event April 4.

Megan Fox

The Jennifer's Body star traded in her bubblegum pink tresses for a baby blue bob, which she debuted April 2.


Less than a month afer chopping her hair into a long bob, Zendaya debuted a honey blonde transformation at the Challengers premiere March 26.

Elle Fanning

The Great star ushered in spring with a fresh cut, as she debuted a long bob March 25.

Rachel McAdams

The Mean Girls alum swapped out her signature blonde hair for a dark brunette transformation on March 18.

Bre Tiesi

The Selling Sunset star looked completely unrecognizable after debuting a dramatic blonde transformation March 16.

Kelly Osbourne

The Fashion Police alum ditched her signature purple hair after six years, tinting it an icy silver in March 2024. 


The Dune actress debuted a shoulder-grazing bob at Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Awards March 7.

Sydney Sweeney

The Anyone But You star made a showstopping appearance at Miu Miu's fall/winter 2024-2025 show during Paris Fashion Week. For the March 5 event, she unveiled a dramatic long bob haircut.

Zoey Deutch

To prepare for her upcoming role as  Jean Seberg, the 29-year-old debuted a bleached blonde pixie cut.

Anne Hathaway

The Princess Diaries alum unveiled fringe bangs at the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Selena Gomez

The star debuted a bangin' new style at the premiere of her friend Nicola Peltz Beckham's film Lola in February 2024.

Jennifer Lopez

The "On the Floor" singer made a dramatic hair change, as she debuted a chin-grazing bob cut at Schiaparelli's haute couture spring/summer 2024 show on Jan. 22.

Gypsy Rose Blanchard

In January 2024, a month after her prison release, the now-influencer shared a pic of herself sporting a shorter 'do.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner traded in her dark locks for a pink 'do in January 2024.

Julianne Hough

In January 2024, the Dancing With the Stars personality shared a video of herself cutting her own hair. "Out with the old energy," she wrote, "and in with the new."

Kate Beckinsale

The Underworld actress took the plunge and went full blonde, while also debuting a short bob haircut.

Riley Keough

The Daisy Jones & The Six actress debuted jet-black hair on Nov. 2.

Eva Longoria

The Flamin' Hot director recently showcased her dramatic transformation, debuting a choppy, layered bob on Nov. 9.

Alix Earle

The TikToker debuted a fresh haircut, revealing a long bob.

Miley Cyrus

After rocking platinum blonde tresses for years, Miley officially returned to her brunette roots to model Gucci's new collection.

Kate Middleton

The royal recently showed off her new curtain bangs during a public appearance on Sept. 27.

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