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Sofia Vassilieva: The Next Big Thing

June 26, 2009

What other teenage girl would shave her head for a job? Dakota Fanning wouldn't—and we know that because she reportedly lost the role of a cancer-stricken teenager in My Sister's Keeper after director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) demanded that she go bald for the part. He then auditioned Vassilieva, who was more than happy to make the sacrifice. On Valentine's Day, Vassilieva marched right into a salon and had her waist-length brown locks chopped off. She even saved the hair, so it could be made into a wig for her other day job, playing Ariel Dubois on the TV drama Medium. Wasn't she scared? Let's forget about the career thing—Vassilieva is still dealing with the harshest critics of all: high-school girls. "Of course, of course, your hair is so much of who you are," says Vassilieva, who is 16 and about to enter her senior year. Read More