Though she released a hit single called "Hands," singer-turned-actress Jewel is better known for her teeth. The 38-year-old Grammy nominee sports a famously imperfect smile, and she has long refused to correct her many crooked teeth -- until now.
The singer/actress tweeted from the set of her upcoming film "The June Carter Cash Story" Tuesday, sharing a picture of herself with blue eyes; brown hair; and a perfectly straight, dazzling white grill.
Ironically, it was Jewel's less-than-perfect grin that helped her land her first movie role. In 1999, director Ang Lee cast the singer in his Civil War film "Ride With the Devil," partly because of her "period teeth."
Whether she's actually fixed her teeth or is just wearing caps, Jewel isn't the first star who's conducted some oral modifications prior to filming. Here's a look at some actors and actresses who had to bite the dental bullet before sinking their teeth into a role.
Jim Carrey in "Dumb & Dumber"
For his role in the 1994 film "Dumb & Dumber," Jim Carrey actually removed a cap from his chipped front tooth. Thinking that the partial-tooth look would go well with his onscreen persona as "dumb" guy Lloyd, Carrey hoofed it to the dentist and had the cap taken off.
Reminiscing about his days with the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth, the comedian explained the origin of the chipped tooth the whole world saw in "Dumb & Dumber": "Clark La Prairie jumped on my head in grade school detention. The nuns sent me home with my tooth in an envelope."
Robert Pattinson in "Twilight"
Before they handed him his fangs, "Twilight" directors told Robert Pattinson to fix his teeth. The 26-year-old heartthrob has spoken openly about playing vampire Edward Cullen, and how his role actually began with some major dental work.
The "Cosmopolis" actor explained: "They wanted me to have the perfect smile. I never thought anything was wrong with my teeth, but the producers wanted me to wear a brace." Though the role launched his career, Pattinson has since expressed his regret over the changes, saying the procedure "caused [him] so many problems" and he "wasn't thinking at the time."
Anna Friel in "Pushing Daisies"
It was a television role that led British actress Anna Friel to whiten -- then straighten -- her teeth. Though she initially refused when her agent and producer told her to bleach her not-so-pearly whites, Friel had a change of heart while reviewing some footage.
The 35-year-old confessed, "When I saw it, I couldn't believe what I looked like on screen … compared to everyone else my teeth looked green." The dental upgrade has seemed to bolster Friel's career; she has since landed roles in the feature films "Land of the Lost" and "Limitless" after adjusting her smile.
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