First Pic of a Bald Portman for Vendetta has posted a scan of the first picture of a bald Natalie Portman which first appeared in Time magazine. She shaved off her hair for a prison scene in the Wachowski brothers’ V For Vendetta, in which she stars opposite Hugo Weaving. The magazine says:

Level-headed young Natalie Portman is anticipating a range of responses to her spare new hairdo. “Some people will think I’m a neo-Nazi,” the Garden State star suspects, “or that I have cancer or I’m a lesbian.” We would also like to warn her of a probable “Hey, Sinéad!” faction. You see, this isn’t like Britney Spears going brunet. Portman, the exotically coiffed Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith, allowed her petite pate to be shaved on camera in Berlin last week, a process she describes as “really exciting.” The 23-year-old’s shoulder-length chestnut locks were sheared for a prison scene in this fall’s futuristic drama V for Vendetta. In this next film from the makers of the Matrix trilogy, Portman plays a suspected terrorist in a totalitarian state. Days after the shoot, she says, “I can’t stop rubbing my head. It’s so soft, I might keep it for a while.” Hmm, a hot new bald star with action-adventure experience? Somewhere Vin Diesel’s agent is quietly freaking out.

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and illustrator David Lloyd, the James McTeigue-directed action-thriller will be released by Warner Bros. on November 4.