VIDEO: True Blood’s Carrie Preston Becomes a Real Redhead

March 17, 2010 by  

True Blood‘s Carrie Preston has decided to get rid of her fiery red-headed wig in exchange to coloring her natural blonde hair red for her role as Arlene caught up with Carrie at the salon to catch her transformation and to get her insight into the change.

Carrie told that she was getting tired that nobody recognized her as she spent almost eight hours getting her locks transformed. She states that each day when she would go to work with her natural blonde hair,

“People who I worked with for two seasons would say hi and introduce themselves to me,” she laughed. “Next season I’ll ditch the wig and use my own hair,” Carrie told”

Carrie states that fans love how funny her character is and how she provides some comic relief in the vampire show. However she does admit that she wished that Arlene could become a supernatural even though in the books she is human with the show anything is possible.

Carrie told that she was willing to take the risk of change her natural hair color to be more like Arlene and as Carrie says,

“I still feel like myself but I can relate to her.”

Enjoy the video of Carrie’s interview and transformation.


  • There are several redheads on True Blood now! Love them.

  • tabitha

    I’m not sure if it true, but i been hearing rumors the Carrie Preston(Arlene) Kill off sometime in season 3 because she on a new show. I Wont be sad if she it happen. Arlene is my least fav. character in true blood

  • BT’s

    A reason other than the one given for a change like this? Mid-life crisis? She’s 42. Why would she want Arlene’s sassy persona to spill into her real life. Keep the sassy on the screen, there are probably fans who like you just the way you are.

  • Mykaelah

    OMG. She looks amazing.
    I believe I prefer her as a red hair. She looks super good. Definitely very Arlene.

  • veruca

    I’m so used to seeing her as a redhead, but knowing that she’s a Blonde, it almost doesn’t quite seem like it’s her now that it’s her real hair that’s red.

    I hope they don’t turn Arlene into something too. Event hough I dislike the character progression in the books, I’m looking forward to that storyline (and really hope they get Michael Emerson to play the zealot boyfriend who leads her on that path).

  • MarleneEmmett

    Carrie Preston has the colouring for red hair~She is real light
    skinned and has real pretty eyes.
    Blond hair washed her out.

    The red warms up her skin tone and you really notice her.
    Look at the actress who plays Jessica~she has the same colouring
    as Carrie~and they both look great as redheads.

    I think she looks wonderful.

  • Barbara E.

    She may have dyed her hair red, but it’s not quite the SAME red (or length for that matter) as Arlene.

    Is it me, or is there something “wrong” with Carrie’s right hand (our left) in the above picture. Between the middle and 4th finger – there seems to be something there. *shrugs*

    I wonder if Arlene will become entangled with the Fellowship this upcoming season. We’ll see …. !

    • It’s the tip of her thumb. Nothing to worry about! 🙂

      • Barbara E.

        That is what I was hoping for .. the tip of her thumb … but it still looks awkward! LOL Talk about bad camera angles *snickers*

        • *giggles* I know! Personally, though, I’m not such a fan of the red… I LIKED Carrie as a blonde!

  • chris

    I hope Arlene doesn’t become something. That would be way out of character!