Fans of Freaks and Geeks, say goodbye to Lindsay Weir. Linda Cardellini, who played the charmingly confused Michigan teenager, has remade herself and her distinctively expressive features right out of existence.
Here are some pix of Cardellini as Lindsay, circa 1999 and wholly adorable. (UPDATE: Having trouble linking to the photo I wanted, but you should be able to see it by going to this fine website and clicking on “Photo Gallery.” It’s the fourth photo in the second row.)
Here’s Cardellini last December, looking a little blonder, a little sleeker, a little more like your run-of-the-mill starlet–but still pretty much herself. Same round face, apple cheeks, and heart-shaped mouth
And–brace yourself–here’s Cardellini this March, looking like a bleached-out, botoxed forty-year-old. Nary a ghost of Lindsay, or character, in sight. She sure doesn’t have to worry about being cast as a mathlete anymore.
Join a generic new show, get a generic new look, I guess. Yeah, I’m emotional. And I have big ol’ case of the freaks, er, creeps.
Related: An oldie but goodie, Nathalie’s definitive take on the loathsome The Swan and the creeping social acceptibility of plastic surgery as routine maintenance. And Terry’s explanation of why Lindsay and F & G mattered.