By EMILY SHERIDAN
Hiding her scar: Reese Witherspoon admits her new haircut is to cover the scar on her forehead
Many Hollywood stars get a fringe for a new look or to give a more youthful appearance.
But Reese Witherspoon admitted she decided to cut her hair after she was left with a scar following a road accident in September.
The Oscar winner ended up with a cut on her forehead and a black eye after she was knocked down by a pensioner's vehicle while jogging.
Longer: Witherspoon pre-fringe at the Golden Globes last month
The mother-of-two, 35, recalled the accident in Santa Monica during an interview on tomorrow nights' Graham Norton Show.
Assuring Norton she had totally recovered following the 'particularly un-showbizzy' incident, she said: 'I was jogging and I got hit by a car, it’s not funny at all.
'They said I am very hard headed because I landed right on my head and I have a scar, hence my new hairdo.
'I don’t remember much about it but miraculously and thank God I am fine.'
Flashback: The star sported a black eye and a plaster on her head last fall
Witherspoon refused to press charges against the 85-year-old driver, who was cited by police for failing to stop for a pedestrian.
However, the actress joked the pensioner was now using a bus instead.
She added: 'She was 85 so they took away her licence and gave her a bus pass.'
Fellow guest Alex Kingston admitted she too had suffered a head injury.
Can laugh about it now: Witherspoon relayed her story to Alex Kingston (centre) and Reginald D Hunter)
Accident prone: Kingston revealed she recently ended up in hospital after colliding with a lamppost
She explained: 'I was jet lagged, working with comedians and I walked into a lamppost.
'It was a comedy moment, but I was so embarrassed because I thought I would be the butt of their jokes so I pretended I was fine and that night I started to feel really woozy and I fell flat on my face.
'I bit through my lower lip and knocked out my front teeth. It was really awful. I was doubly concussed and had to go straight to ER.'
The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One tomorrow at 10.35pm.