Does a Short Haircut Make for a Better Female Villain?

Part of the fun of watching V is being reminded of the 1983 miniseries that inspired it. That original version had an outwardly gorgeous, inwardly reptilian villain named Diana. She was so evil, so creepy, that scores of 30-something men still haven't shaken her image from their minds. In their memories, she's usually eating a guinea pig.

In 2009's re-imagining, the aliens' villainous leader (and reptile in a hottie's body), is Anna (Morena Baccarin). Technically, she's the modern-day version of Diana, but "the characters are different," says Baccarin, in an interview with Sci Fi Wire. "I'm not Diana. I play Anna."

True, both characters have the emotional depth of a mannequin. But where Diana was forthright in her malevolence, Anna is gracious, cordial, and even occasionally charming on the surface. Last night, after some backtalk from Chad (Scott Wolf) -- the news anchor she's been manipulating -- she clearly could have had him killed (or at least smothered with snakes). Instead, she called his cell phone and offered her (albeit frosty) gratitude.

A more obvious difference, of course, is the hair. Diana had big, 80's hair, like Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. Anna has a pixie cut, which is much trendier in 2009. Seen Katie Holmes lately? And also Rihanna, Keira Knightley, Victoria Beckham, Halle Berry, and Cameron Diaz?

Trendiness aside, pixie cuts can send a message to men, and it's along the lines of "I don't care what you think of me." A chic pixie cut, on a beautiful woman, could also be construed as a challenge. It's as if she's saying, "I dare you not to find me attractive."

Did a coterie of V stylists debate the various and disparate messages that Anna's hairstyle might send, and ultimately settle on a pixie cut? "I had short hair when I auditioned for the role," Baccarin told TV Over Mind. "And we all thought it really fit the character, so we kept it." Oh. Nevermind then.

Do you think men prefer longer hair on women? Chime in below!

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