CLOSER actress Natalie Portman loves her new, short hairdo - because it lets her show off her "funny" ears.

The star, who shaved her head for her role as a freedom fighter in upcoming film V For Vendetta, has had to change her entire image to accommodate her new look.

She says, "My favourite thing is that I have very funny ears, and they are always on display now.

"I have to go very simple with my choices of clothes now, and I don't wear lipstick or jewellery, because, otherwise, I overwhelm my head."

Although her new hairdo requires a lot of maintenance, the star claims it does have its advantages.

She explains, "I've been going to the hairdresser pretty often, otherwise I look like a science experiment.

"Short hair's easy. It feels grown-up."