She shocked fans at Comic-Con last week by removing her wig to reveal a shaved head in preparation for starring in a new film, and whilst many responded positively to the brave decision, a few fans of Karen Gillan haven't taken her decision lightly.
However, rather than aim their comments at Gillan herself, the angry fans instead attacked the director of upcoming flick Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn, who took to his Twitter account in protest, saying: "If you are sending me hate messages about making @KarenGillan2 shave her head, you might consider the overall state of your life."
The former Dr Who star, who had tricked fans by wearing a wig the day before her big reveal at the science fiction convention said: "It's liberating. I think everyone here should shave their heads." The response at Comic-Con itself was hugely positive, with fans cheering as Gillan threw her wig into the crowd.
Happily, not all fans on social networking site Twitter have been so confrontational. One user said: "Nothing but love for you and Scottish cueball from me, man!"
There has been an encouraging trend of women choosing to cut their hair short or shave their head for roles, and the largely positive reaction of the public will be a comfort to women who go bald without making the choice to do so. From Emmerdale actress Lesley Dunn to movie star Anne Hathaway, women are no longer relying on skin caps to 'fake' hair loss.
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