Shailene Woodley Jane Big Little Lies Bangs
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For the past three weeks we've sat glued to our TV screens searching for the answers to Big Little Lies' biggest mystery: What in the world is going on with Jane's bangs? Our concerns have gone unanswered, and we've watched the character continuously wear ponytails, buns, and waves with a harsh fringe grazing the upper regions of her forehead. It's driven BLL fans crazy, as the topic of Jane's hair has garnered as much if not more attention than the smug Mary Louise, played by guest star Meryl Streep. 

Now we no longer have to fret, because Shailene Woodley finally gave an explanation to the controversy behind those bangs. 

Big Little Lies has had a new star this season. 

A no, it isn't Mary Louise, played by Meryl Streep. In fact, it's Jane's bangs. From the moment the blunt, poorly cut fringe made its appearance on season two's first episode, fans have been unable to turn their eyes away. We begged for answers on Twitter, in Shailene Woodley's Instagram comments, and even turned to the other Big Little Lies actresses to demand an explanation. 

To be honest, we were desperate. 

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Going insane, if you will. There had to be a reason for the unexplainable bangs that resembled something Jane's character did in the mirror with a pair of craft scissors. Would there be a flashback to the time she got the cut? Did she cut them herself? The possibilities were endless. 

But now we have answers. 

Shailene Woodley BLL Bangs
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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Shailene Woodley broke down every single detail of the dreaded style. 

"I’ve been in this position in my life where, after a major breakup, triumph or celebration or after a big change, a lot of people alter the way they look. I know for myself, it’s always been haircuts and piercings. That’s been my way of moving forward in new chapters of my life," she started. 

But there's more. 

Shailene Woodley Big Little Lies Bangs
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The excess hair represented "weight" for Jane. 

"I felt that for Jane, she’s carried this weight of not feeling in her own body because of what happened to her for eight years. She felt disconnected from her own identity on not just an emotional and mental level, but on a physical level as well," she continued.

The new look was a liberation from the hold Perry had on Jane. 

"At the end of season one when Perry died, I felt like maybe two or three weeks after that incident she would have woken up one morning, looked at herself in the mirror and thought, “'This isn’t who I am anymore. This monster is gone and I’m not going to let him live in me or control me any longer,'" she explained.  

In conclusion, Woodley explained how she feels Jane might've made that choice.

"In that moment, I feel like she took a pair of scissors and cut her bangs herself. And she went through her closet and gathered up almost everything and took it to the nearest clothing swap store and donated it and got new clothes in order to reestablish and be in control of her identity again," she told THR. "I felt like that would have been her reclaiming her space, even if it was a subconscious decision, because this ghost who has been a part of her identity for so long had then left on the physical level."

And yet the reality remains. 

As we continue to root for Jane, question the intentions of her new boy toy, and swoon over the adorableness of Ziggy, our eyes will remain glued to those bangs, much like the rest of Twitter.

Looks like the biggest mystery of 2019 has been answered, folks.