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Gina Rodriguez feared panic attack while shaving her head

Published 12/08/2016

Gina Rodriguez
Gina Rodriguez

The buzzcut process was surprising experience for the star

Actress Gina Rodriguez was convinced she would suffer a panic attack and cry when she shaved off her hair for a new movie role.

The Jane the Virgin star had to undergo a dramatic style change for her forthcoming sci-fi thriller, Annihilation, in May (16), shaving the sides of her head and cutting her brunette locks short.

Gina admits she was full of nerves before her hairdresser took the buzzer to her head, because she had kept her hair at a decent length for over a decade.

"Honestly, in the moment, it wasn't emotional," the 32-year-old tells PeopleStyle. "I thought I was going to have a panic attack. I thought I was going to cry, all those things, because I haven't had my hair cut off since I was, like, 15, but I didn't do any of those."

The actress embraced her new look, but admits it took some getting used to - and she confesses her self-confidence initially took a huge hit without her long luscious locks.

"(Shaving my head) was transformative because I came out stronger than I ever thought I would," she says. "But I went through a journey that probably made me the weakest I'd ever been."

Gina previously revealed she was going for a look similar to that of Ruby Rose, who is known for rocking a cleaner cut.

"I'm gonna look different in a month," Gina said back in April (16). "I'm cutting all my hair off and dyeing it - cutting as in a Ruby Rose cut. This is gonna be my first transition in not rocking long hair."

Orange Is the New Black actress Ruby was alerted to Gina's comments by a fan, and she took to Twitter to give her fellow TV star the thumbs up.

"she will look awesome. As always," Ruby wrote.

Responding to the sweet compliment, Gina, a spokesmodel for John Frieda hair products, posted, "Ruby, my woman crush for life... this just made the cut that much easier to do. You are delicious."

Gina has since grown out her short tresses and lightened them up with an ombre bob.

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