Think about Julianne Moore and the physical qualities she possesses. She’s a redheaded Oscar-winning actress who’s aging remarkably to the point where she can still film steamy nude scenes that we don’t feel uncomfortable watching. But believe it or not, the famous fiery beauty wasn’t always a fan of her now-classic appearance, namely her red hair. In fact, Moore even recently released the third installment of her children’s book series, Freckleface Strawberry, about a girl insecure about her looks. But clearly, as history has shown, she should never be ashamed of those gorgeous crimson locks. Take The 50 Hottest Redheads of All Time, for example. Gingers have been killing it. Continue to take a look at all of the red-haired babes the world has obsessed over for years.
1. Geri Halliwell
Profession: Pop Star
From culinary and health perspectives, ginger is one of the most beneficial spices out there. And we’d say the same for Ginger Spice. She may not have had the frame of Mel B. or the tomboy appeal of Sporty, but Geri Halliwell managed both the baby-chub cutie and the ripped stunner looks with equal aplomb. Plus, hey, dirty talk just sounds so good with a British accent.
2. Lauren Ambrose
Best known for her role as Claire Fisher on the critically-acclaimed HBO drama Six Feet Under (as well as her stint in Torchwood), Lauren is often mistakenly thought to be the same age as her 17-year-old character from the show due to the youthful charm that she has been able to retain and maintain. A 33-year-old that looks 17? We need one of those (as opposed to the 33s that look 47 and the 13s that look 17 we usually pull).
3. Karen Elson
Elson began modeling at an early age but it wasn’t until British Vogue dubbed her the “Red Queen” that people really learned to fully appreciate the red headed goddess. She an international modeling superstar who also has some designs for shoe company, Nine West, to be released this fall.
4. Danneel Harris
Hopefully you remember Danneel Harris from Harold and Kumar II, and not from her stint on One Tree Hill (not because she was bad in that show, more because you just shouldn’t be watching that shit). Did you know she’s also a gymnast? Flexible!
5. Debra Messing
Messing became a star on TV’s Will & Grace, playing Grace Adler, a single woman who shares an Upper West Side apartment with the guy she dated in college before he came out of the closet. With her energy and zaniness, she always reminded us of Lucille Ball, only if husband Desi Arnaz announced his arrival by saying, “Luuucy, I’m home…osexual!”
6. Felicia Day
What makes Felicia Day so awesome? Is it the fact that she’s very easy on the eyes? Is it also that not only does she have the beauty but the brains to match with that as well, considering that she’s also a writer for the popular web series, The Guild? Or how about, she’s also a true gamer? Did you say “all of the above”? We concur.
7. Melinda Clarke
Clarke has a lot of memorable—albeit short-lived—roles on TV shows including Entourage, but she’ll always be Julie Cooper from The O.C. to us. In that role, just like Julius Caesar, she came, she saw, she conquered. Except it was more like she lied, she cheated, and she slept her way to the top. Hey, whatever works.
8. Suzy Parker
Suzy Parker was the original red headed model. While many ads featured her red tresses to showcase their latest products she also inspired the Beatles to name a song after her (even if it was unreleased). She was the signature face of Coco Chanel, the first model to earn $100,000 per year, and Vogue called her the face of the confident, post-war American woman.
9. Jane Seymour
Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman? Nah, get your head out of the ’90s, son, we’re talking “Solitaire,” the psychic who loses her powers when her hymen gets busted in the James Bond classic Live and Let Die (not to mention a certain 1987 Ayboy-play pictorial). Not that we would be opposed to a little high country backwoods “medicine” either.
10. Tina Louise
Tina Louise made a character out of her fiery red hair when she stared in Gilligan’s Island as Ginger, the red headed movie beauty. While she was afraid that the role would typecast her (as what? A sexy red head? Done.), she is recognized as a pop culture phenomina of exactly what men want.
11. Cheryl Cole
Where to begin with this reality TV star, footballer’s ex-wife and BRIT award-winning Girls Aloud singer? The fact that she collaborated with Will.i.am on her chart topping solo 3 Words? Or that she has a tramp stamp and saucy leg tattoo? Or how about the fact that she was once charged with racially aggravated assault (later lessened to just aggravated assault) alleging that she punched a bathroom attendant while calling her a “Caribbean jigaboo”? (ed: WHAT??!!) Whatever the case, let’s end with the fact that she divorced her Chelsea left-back husband Ashley Cole for leaving no less than five other women on their backs. Yeeeeah, banana kick.
12. Deborah Ann Woll
Deborah Ann Woll
Even if she’s not an Irish true blood (only half, but the good half we presume), this True Blood hottie is…um…hot. In that I-want-to-have-sex-with-a-half-Irish-vampire type of way.
13. Angelica Bridges
You may recognize Angelica from her roles in Mortal Kombat Conquest andBaywatch: Hawaiian Wedding. Sike! If you’re like us, you recognize her from her spread in Playboy‘s November 2001 (a sleeper classic!) issue, where she covered the magazine as a 27-year-old model/actress on the come-up. She hasn’t been active in film since 2006, but being that she’s probably getting child support payments from ex-husband Sheldon Souray, she can just sit back, be hot, and chill somewhere.
14. Nicole Kidman
Aside from a couple notable Ls (getting married to Tom Cruise; starring in Batman Forever) on her resume, Nic’s actually done some classic films. We can rewatch Nine and Eyes Wide Shut to block out the pointless tabloid stories about her and husband Keith Urban’s trips to the grocery store and erase the memory of her in Just Go With It.
15. Marcia Cross
When you’re the hot redhead on Desperate Housewives, of course we’re going to take notice. But when you were also a legendary TV character from the ’90s version of Melrose Place—known for stealing babies and blowing up apartments—we’re going to give props. Cross is a TV legend two times over, and those twos ain’t bad either.
16. Lily Cole
The young English model and emerging actress has taken Europe by storm—appearing in numerous high-end ad campaigns and posing nude for French Playboy and the Pirelli Calendar (Google you dumbass). If the sexiness and red hair doesn’t get you, she graduated Cambridge University at the top of her class, and is reportedly worth upwards of $11 million. Face the facts: Ms. Cole > any college chick you’ve ever smashed.
17. Alicia Witt
Classically-trained pianists aren’t usually this hot. A classically trained pianist/successful actress (most recently in Friday Night Lights) with a perfect rack, seductive brown eyes, and legs you fantasize about having wrapped around you? Well, that’s a different story.
18. Christy Hemme
Profession: Model/Professional Wrestler
When the first page for a woman’s Google Image search is chock full of fuck me eyes, NSFW poses, and halter top wrestling T-shirts, you know you have yourself a real classy broad. Oh wait, she’s also a wrestler and a manager on a professional wrestling circuit? Call us baby, we got a double wide with your name on it.
19. Ann Margaret
Starring alongside Hollywood legends such as Steve McQueen and Dick Van Dyke takes an extraordinary type of actress with impeccable beauty and charisma—someone like Ann-Margret. The Swedish-American actress rocked her roles in films such as Bye, Bye, Birdie and The Cincinnati Kid. Throughout her career, she’s collected five Golden Globe Awards including several Academy and Emmy award nominations. That’s what we’d like to call, a fine woman right there.
20. Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard
Sure the Howard Hollywood pedigree packs heavyweight heat with director Ron Howard at the helm but Bryce Dallas Howard, the milky-skinned vegan and M. Night Shyamalan’s muse can’t attribute her good looks to this particular gene pool. No disrespect to uncle Clint Howard, an excellent character actor, but it’s not likely his “personality face” and spartan coif that got this flame-tressed lady in the water. You can oogle her more by watching 2011’s The Help and 50/50.
21. Alyson Hannigan
We usually heart any girl that pleasures herself with her flute at band camp. But after watching Alyson work the pole as a stripper on How I Met Your Mother, we were completely sold. So, let’s hope 2012’s American Reunion will show Hannigan getting reacquainted with her horny band geek self.
22. Laura Leighton
Laura has a mile-long acting resume, but most of us remember her from the original Melrose Place. Sydney Andrews was the name, and she topped many most memorable characters lists in the ’90s. Fortunately, ABC Family saw her MILF potential and cast the redhead as Hannah’s mom Ashley Marin in the hit show Pretty Little Liars.
23. Kate Mara
We know, we know. You only saw Brokeback Mountain because “you always watch every Oscar nominated movie,” but insecurity aside you had to have noticed the chicks in that movie. Kate Mara didn’t get much shine there, but with Entourage, Iron Man 2, and American Horror Story under her name, we’re sure she’ll be banking as big as her sister Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) sometime soon. Let’s just hope she doesn’t opt out for blonde when she does. Word to almost every other redheaded actress.
24. Laura Prepon
She played Donna Pinciotti on That ’70s Show, and her beautiful red hair, parted down the middle, went perfectly with her spunky character. She posed for Maximtwice, once sporting her natural hair color and more recently in blond, highlighting an interesting phenomenon that other redheads should note: red, for some reason, makes her twos look much larger.
25. Amy Adams
Pale is the new tan, and when it comes to having a powdery-white complexion, Amy Adams is the definition of. Her resume used to include more demure roles like Ella Enchanted and Doubt, but she stole the spotlight in The Fighter thanks to her shes-not-the-hottest-redhead-but-theres-something-about-her-that-makes-me-want-to-smash good looks.
26. Jessica Chastain
Undoubtedly, Hollywood films have been lacking in sultry redheads. Thanks to Jessica Chastain who starred in The Help, Tree of Life and The Debt this year, we can let go of our nostalgia for Nicole Kidman’s career in the 1990s and look to Chastain to provide us with the fiery appeal we’d be looking for.