As a natural redhead, I always get a little thrill out of seeing ginger actors or characters in movies, especially if they have positive traits that put the hair colour in a good light.
It all stems from the first time, as a young impressionable girl, I saw Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid in the cinema – and yes, I did try brushing my very long red locks with a fork like she did (do not try that – it’s not good).
So, I thought I would share with you some of the movie characters (either natural or dyed redheads) that I think provide a positive outlook on being a ginger. What with the media often thinking we’re ginger villains, it’s a nice thing to think that there are ginger heroes out there, doing good deeds.
5. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise
Sure, there are two redheads in question here, but they are the best ever ginger double act. Completely unstoppable in their plight for adventure, bad-ass BFFs Thelma and Louise take life by the horns and don’t let go.
If anything, you should watch this movie for their outfits alone, or the appearance of a young Brad Pitt.
4. Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter
Sure, he started out as the jokey, immature one who was a bit awkward, but this made him instantly likable. Redheads make great friends (and are hilarious too)!
3. Jessica Chastain as Maya in Zero Dark Thirty
J-Chassy’s character as secret agent Maya in “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man” is kick-ass. Excuse our French, but it really is.
Not only has she got a great nose for sniffing out baddies, she has red hair and looks über cool in a pair of Ray-bans.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in Iron Man and The Avengers
I found the character of Pepper was organised, methodical, incredibly intelligent and the basically, the complete opposite of our reputation: the assumed fiery temperament who’s a bit scatty. Pepper has loyalty and bravery too and she would be my go-to gal in any crisis.
1. Princess Merida in Brave
She’s determined to be herself and, ahem, Brave throughout her adventures. Her character (and story) are instantly likable and have no doubt helped little ginger children with their dreams of being a princess (I still have that dream – I probably should not admit that at my age, but, well, I just did. So there!).
At the age of 15, Merida is a force to be reckoned with (and a killer ginger role model).
And a little extra… Katharine Hepburn
One more actor I must mention is Katharine Hepburn, not necessarily in relation to a movie, although I would recommend you watch anything she has done (The Holiday, The African Queen, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner to name a few).
As a natural redhead, she had a wonderfully independent mind and challenged perceptions of women before it was fashionable to do so. I really like her because she never conformed and was a determined, talented and outspoken person.
These are commonly thought of as negative when connected to a redhead, but nobody can deny that she was a trailblazer and a ginger to be proud of!
So there you have it, just a few of the many red-haired characters that I think show my fellow gingers in a positive way. I’m sure you have your own thoughts and ideas, so please share them. And share the ginger appreciation!