The husband of Swedish beauty Malin Akerman likened her to E.T when she went bald to play an alopecia areata sufferer in Josh Radnor’s upcoming film, HappyThankYouMorePlease.
The hair loss condition, which is classified as an autoimmune disease and affects one person in every 100, causes bald patches on the scalp or other areas of the body. Sometimes is can progress to complete loss of all hair, known as alopecia universalis.
The model turned actress’s Italian musician husband, Roberto Zincone, wasn’t impressed when she sent him a photo of her to his mobile with no hair or eyebrows. But Malin, who once told the Daily Mail “I love to make people laugh and I’m not self conscious”, didn’t shave her hair for the role. Instead she donned a bald cap, but she did shave her eyebrows.
“I wear a bald cap for the role,” Milan told the New York Daily News. “I sent the picture to my husband and he was like, ‘E.T. – come home!'”
Despite increasing prevalence, hair loss in women is still very much taboo. And while method actors such as Cate Blanchett and Robin Tunney will shave their head for a role, others aren’t so keen. Cameron Diaz opted for a bald cap in My Sister’s Keeper and 14-year-old Dakota Fanning bailed out on the same film because she refused to shave her head.
The stigma linked to women’s hair loss only makes the situation worse. Many may become reclusive and hide their condition rather than seek treatment and support.
The Belgravia Centre has been helping both men and women with all types of hair loss, including alopecia areata, for more than 20 years. To book a free consultation, or to talk to one of Belgravia’s hair loss specialists, call 020 7730 6666 or message us for more information. Alternatively, you can complete an online diagnostic form from anywhere in the world for a personalised hair analysis and access the expert advice and treatment.