My how you"ve aged… Oprah transforms into elderly woman for new movie role

My how you've aged… Oprah transforms into elderly woman for new movie role

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00:50 GMT, 5 August 2012

Oprah Winfrey usually looks stylish and perfectly coiffed.

But the billionaire media mogul shed her fashion forward image for an unflattering look on the set of her new movie in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Oprah appeared much older than her 58 years this week after donning her latest costume for The Butler.

In costume: Oprah Winfrey was made up to look much older than her 58 years this week on the set of her new film this week in New Orleans

In costume: Oprah Winfrey was made up to look much older than her 58 years this week on the set of her new film this week in New Orleans

She wore a short gray wig, a blue Obama T-Shirt and baggy jeans.

To make her costume appear even more authentic, Oprah walked around set with the assistance of a cane.

Getting assistance: Oprah used a cane to walk around the set

Getting assistance: Oprah used a cane to walk around the set

The star plays Gloria Gaines in the historical drama – the first time she will appear as a character other than herself since 1998's Beloved.

She has been filming scenes with Lenny Kravitz and Cuba Gooding Jr in New Orleans.

Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker plays the role of real life chief White House butler Cecil Gaines.

Team Obama: The host-turned-actress wore a shirt supporting the Obama/Biden campaign ticket

Team Obama: The host-turned-actress wore a shirt supporting the Obama/Biden campaign ticket

Ditching the wig: Oprah was also seen walking around without her hairpiece

Ditching the wig: Oprah was also seen walking around without her hairpiece

The star-studded film tells the story of the butler who served eight Presidents over the course of three decades before retiring.

Earlier this week, Oprah graced the cover of her self-titled O magazine, showing off her natural hair in all of its glory.

In the snap, she proudly models her curly tresses with a big smile.

That's more like it: Oprah looks looks stylish in her natural hair on the latest cover of O Magazine

That's more like it: Oprah looks looks stylish in her natural hair on the latest cover of O Magazine

She also shows off her curves in a dress by Badgley Mischka paired with earrings by Alexis Bittar and a ring by Jordan Alexander.

For decades Oprah has rocked several hairstyles and weaves during her long-spanning career as the world's most famous talk show host.

Another day another wig: Oprah was also seen in 1970's attire on the set

Another day another wig: Oprah was also seen in 1970's attire on the set

Another day another wig: Oprah was also seen in 1970's attire on the set

Writing in the column 'What I Know For Sure' inside September’s Makeover Issue, Oprah discusses her tresses and the role they play in the expression of 'self'.

The talk show icon, who often wears her hair naturally in her down time and on the weekends, reveals that she once nearly chopped it all off.

'I wanted to wear it close-cropped a la Camille Cosby but her husband Bill (Crosby) convinced me otherwise,' she explains.