St Patrick’s Day is an occasion to celebrate all things Irish. One of those things is the commonly assumed stereotype of the Irish having red hair (of which 10% are said to be ginger). So it’s fitting that Redheads Anonymous, a new TV web series about the trials and triumphs of ginger life, premieres on St Patrick’s Day, on 17th March!
Redheads Anonymous follows Molly, a natural redhead who wishes to win a coveted Redhead Scholarship, but must first discover, “What does it mean to be a redhead?” The comedic series also stars three other gingers, and explores people’s personal relationships with their hair colour.
Creator and actor Elisabeth Ness (who plays Molly), said that Redheads Anonymous was made for anyone who has ever felt like a misfit: “It’s about identity. You don’t need to have had moles screened for cancer, or an embarrassing sunburn, to understand that superficial qualities can affect how you feel about yourself, and how others treat you.”
When asked if she believes if her hair colour contributes to her personality and identity, Elisabeth said: “It sounds so silly to anyone who’s not a redhead – which is great, because “silly” can beget comedy – but I really do.
“I’ve always been concerned about being proud of, or identifying closely with, any physical attribute. It’s a double-edged sword because at some point, it’s bound to change. For example, hair goes grey, white, or falls out. So, what then? Who is a redhead when s/he no longer has red hair? If a tree falls in the forest, does it pocket a bottle of hair dye first?”