You may want to imagine your favorite celebrities as being the same since they were young. The truth, however, is that like every mortal, they did have their awkward phases, too. For some, it was the denim obsession with braided hair, and for others, it was the goth phase. As a matter of fact, the words “goth” and “celebrity” go together like black lipstick and a smart suit. Even though it’s an unexpected combination, if you look back at some celebrities’ early days and uncover their edgy, gothic, and punk rock outfits, you will realize it was always bound to happen: they, too, used to be rebellious young people. Here are a few of them, compiled by Ranker.
1. Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks is best known for her role on Mad Men, so you may associate her with the sophisticated ’60s aesthetic. However, in high school, Hendricks used to be so goth! When the 42-year-old appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she uncovered some of the amazing photos from those days.
2. Taylor Momsen
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Gossip Girl star, 24-year-old Taylor Momsen is apparently living her life in a gothic way nowadays. Who would have thought that Little Jenny Humphrey would turn into a goth princess? Momsen formed the band The Pretty Reckless in 2009 and has since rocked this look.
3. Winona Ryder
Forty-six-year-old actress Winona Ryder has earned some goth credentials for her film roles, but at one point she was also into the goth subculture off-screen! How awesome is her high school haircut? After Beetlejuice came out in 1988, Ryder became tightly associated with the goth aesthetic. She told the Daily Beast:
“Beetlejuice was big… It was almost pre-goth, in a way. But we didn’t know that was going to be a big movie at all. And I was in high school when it came out, so I thought I was in this movie and it’s doing things and people are going to be nicer, and they were calling me a ‘witch’ and ‘a weirdo’ and throwing candy corns at my head! It was like I couldn’t win.”
4. Elizabeth Hurley
Fifty-two-year-old Bedazzled star Elizabeth Hurley definitely had a punk phase. In 2015, she told Hello!:
“When I was a teenager, I had pink hair, a nose ring and ripped up clothes. I wasn’t rebelling against anything though, it was just fashion. Plus, I really loved the music and still often have The Clash blasting.”
5. Rose McGowan
Perhaps all women who dated Marilyn Manson went through a goth phase. Forty-four-year-old actress McGowan began seeing Manson around 1997, and the pair even got engaged in 1998. However, they broke up in 2000 due to “lifestyle differences”.
6. Evan Rachel Wood
Thirty-year-old Across the Universe star Evan Rachel Wood dated Marilyn Manson when she was only 18 and he was 36! Sounds spooky, right? Unsurprisingly, the actress sported a goth-inspired look around this time.
7. Kelly Osbourne
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Her father is Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, a pioneer of heavy metal who has earned himself the nickname “The Prince of Darkness.” It is not surprising that 33-year-old Kelly always felt inclined towards a more edgy look.
8. Angelina Jolie
Forty-two-year-old Changeling star Angelina Jolie gave off some serious Morticia Addams vibes at the 2000 Oscars. She has always been a bit dark, but not really into the whole goth aesthetic.
9. Melissa McCarthy
Forty-seven-year-old Melissa McCarthy’s comedic skills don’t really match this goth style she rocked in high school. She once revealed her gothic past to Kelly Ripa: “Somewhere around junior year I got really punk rock, gothic and I dropped out of everything, much to my parents’ thrill!”
10. Ivanka Trump
Can you believe that the 36-year-old President’s daughter was goth and listened to Nirvana back in the days? She talks about her “wild” younger days in Ivana Trump’s book Raising Trump:
“One day after school, I dyed my hair blue. Mom wasn’t a fan of this decision. She took one look at me and immediately went out to the nearest drugstore to buy a $10 box of Nice ‘N Easy. That night, she forced me to dye my hair back to blond. The color she picked out was actually three shades lighter than my natural color… and I have never looked back!”
Here are other celebrities who had their awkward phases.