I realize on an intellectual level that the characters I’m watching on my favorite TV shows are actors. But it’s often jarring, especially with a character you really connect with on some level, when I see that person in real life. (We’re now three seasons into Game of Thrones and I still can’t believe that Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys, is brunette. It’s mind blowing.) Last night’s Emmys was a perfect example of this.
Oh, sure, there are some actors and actresses who look exactly like their TV alter egos. (Hi, Zooey Deschanel!) But there are some who owe a big debt to the makeup, hair, and wardrobe departments (and whoever makes Jon Hamm shave on Mad Men). Good acting is one thing, but a good costume can make or break a character.
Click through for all the actors we spotted at the Emmys who undergo some amazing transformations for our viewing pleasure every week.