Is putting one’s body on display for the whole world to see really necessary for Hollywood fame and fortune? Not if you ask these humble actors and actresses. While many other screen stars are willing to go the whole nine yards, these ones simply refuse to do it. Here are the stars who you’ll never see in nude scenes.
1. Megan Fox
Megan Fox opened up to The Mirror about why she has no interest in shooting nude scenes: “There are some good projects I’ve read — but the things the women are required to do in the movie are things I can’t have my sons ever know or see. Those are things that are degrading to the woman who’s playing the character.”
Furthermore, Fox doesn’t exactly agree with the idea that nudity is all about body positivity and confidence. On the contrary: she feels that it can irrevocably damage a woman’s self-esteem. Kudos to her for shining as the star she is without sacrificing her beliefs.
2. Christina Hendricks
While Christina Hendricks is loved by fans around the world, she actually ran into backlash for maintaining that she’ll never shoot any scenes in the nude. As she told New York Magazine, “It kind of hurt my feelings. Anytime someone talks about your figure constantly, you get nervous, you get really self-conscious.”
This was especially true while she played the role of Joan Holloway on the drama series Mad Men: “I was working my butt off on the show, and then all anyone was talking about was my body.” However, Hendricks has never caved into the outside pressures to show more skin.
3. Jessica Simpson
When it comes to acting, Jessica Simpson caused quite a stir when she portrayed Daisy Duke in the 2005 film reboot of The Dukes of Hazzard. But while them good ol’ boys were distracted by her scandalous attire, Simpson nonetheless had her limits. In fact, she’s owned up to being vehemently opposed to getting naked on camera.
In a heated interview with Allure, the former pop singer said, “I don’t care how dark and intellectual the role could be. I don’t care if I frickin’ get an Oscar. I’m not going to do it.” She further went on to say that no one has the right to see what’s underneath her clothing, and that that’s only for her husband.
4. Rachel Bilson
Rachel Bilson’s main splash in the film industry came in 2003, when she was first seen playing the role of Summer on Fox’s teen drama The O.C. However, since it was a teen show, her wardrobe on screen was generally pretty clean. But years later, she starred in a much more mature film called The Last Kiss — and the script had called for Bilson to do a nude scene.
The problem was, this didn’t sit well with the young actress at all, and she fought hard to get out of the requirement. She almost left the movie project behind completely, until the directors conceded and allowed her to avoid it. “Movies can be sexy or sexual without showing things,” Bilson explained to Playboy magazine.
5. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift, the artist who brought us “Love Story”, “You Belong With Me”, and countless other pop and country hits, also has no interest in getting filmed in the nude. As she revealed to Glamour magazine, “I find it relatively easy to keep my clothes on because I don’t really feel like taking them off. It’s not an urge I have.”
Although the subject material in her songs has certainly matured in her later years, her overall image has maintained a pure, wholesome quality to it. Therefore she’s never been pressured by corporations to be someone she’s not — but even if that were to happen, Swift would have no problem rejecting it immediately.
6. Anna Kendrick
In the 2016 comedy film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Anna Kendrick’s character Alice actually does get naked on screen. However, fans may be interested to learn that it was actually Kendrick’s stunt double, and not the actress herself, in the scene. Kendrick has actually never been nude on screen, and she never will — but she actually attributes it to sheer luck.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Kendrick stated: “I have been lucky because I have not been pigeonholed into the teenage movie category. I am not criticizing people who do that, but I plan to keep doing what I am doing and hope it keeps going good.”
7. Mila Kunis
During the filming of a movie, Mila Kunis was once asked by the director to do a nude photoshoot in order to promote the film. This unnamed director threatened Kunis that her career would be ruined if she refused — but the former That ’70s Show star stayed firm.
It turned out that the director had less power than he realized, because Kunis’ fame only continued to grow from that point on. On a blog owned by husband and former co-star Ashton Kutcher, Kunis wrote: “We are conditioned to believe that if we speak up, our livelihoods will be threatened, that standing our ground will lead to our demise.” But clearly she proved that this doesn’t have to be the case.
8. Blake Lively
Blake Lively’s foray into Hollywood was pretty seamless, and she pulled it off without performing nude even once. The Gossip Girl star has always felt that nudity can cause a viewer to get distracted from an actress’s actual talent – and she explained as much to the Daily Mail.
“When I see nudity in movies,” Lively revealed. “I am always distracted by it. If I am watching a scene and someone has their boobs out, then that’s all I’m looking at. I can’t help it. I just don’t think that will ever be right for me.” Despite her aversion to nude scenes, however, she’s managed to keep scoring killer roles, one after the other.
9. Allison Williams
Given that Allison Williams is the daughter of Brian Williams, a popular news anchor on MSNBC, she knows the perils of fame quite well. She told ABC: “Growing up with a parent in the public eye — I didn’t want to give my future hypothetical children another avenue by which to be made fun of.”
The idea that when one shoots a nude scene, they run the risk of their children seeing it one day, is a very real concern indeed. In fact, it’s almost surprising that more stars aren’t as vocally concerned about that. But as they say, to each their own. “There were things that felt like they should be mine and felt like they should always be mine,” Williams firmly stated.
10. Ashley Benson
This younger actress recently made a splash when she starred as Hanna Marin in the popular teenage drama series Pretty Little Liars. But as devilish as the show’s characters were, actress Ashley Benson is against going nude on camera. “I make it clear that I have a line,” she told Cosmopolitan magazine.
Benson continued, “Everyone tries to push you, and it’s easy to get talked into doing those things. I’ll just walk off set, but not everyone realizes they can do that.” But more than educating actresses about the power they have, Benson also maintains that they even look better without it: “Girls look so much better in lingerie or a T-shirt and leave the rest up to the imagination.”
11. Jenna Fischer
Jenna Fischer portrayed the wholesome, girl-next-door receptionist Pam Beesly on NBC’s The Office — and her real life personality isn’t so far off. On the topic of showing nudity, her personal policy is pretty simple: “I wouldn’t do anything I wouldn’t be proud to show my parents,” she told Playboy magazine. It seems that for Fischer, on-screen nudity is one of those things.
That’s not to say that she’s never pushed her boundaries. While filming the 2007 comedy Walk Hard: A Dewey Cox Story, Fischer wore some racy lingerie, and actually didn’t mind it at all. But that’s where her limit lies, and she hasn’t gone further than that.
12. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner is yet another respected actress who has no interest in taking off her clothes for the whole world to see. In fact, she said as much in an interview with MTV: “I will not be taking it all off. No, thank you.”
Her refusal may or may not have any connection to the fact that her characters always seem to have a sweet, innocent vibe to them. Consider her role of Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30, where her character is actually a young teenager in an adult’s body. Garner possesses the ability to portray that childlike innocence so naturally that it kind of goes hand in hand with her refusal to cross that line.
13. Jessica Alba
In the early 2000s, you couldn’t walk into a men’s locker room without Jessica Alba popping up somewhere in the conversation. However, this doesn’t mean she was ever willing to go nude on camera; and in fact, she doesn’t even see the point. As she told Glamour: “If you look at the movies I have done, getting naked would never ‘elevate’ the picture.”
Alba’s main issue with nudity in many modern-day films is that it tends to be done for cheap shock value, as opposed to an authentic, artistic statement. For this reason, she’s made sure to distance herself from being expected to do such a thing.
14. Kristen Bell
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star has always maintained a body positive mindset, and frequently shares her exercise routines with her millions of followers. But Kristen Bell has a message to anyone who asks whether she’ll be in any future nude scenes: “Dream on!”
Bell hasn’t been opposed in the past to wearing underwear when a particular scene called for it, but that’s pretty much it. She told Women’s Health Magazine pretty bluntly, “I don’t show my crack!” As far as she’s concerned, casting directors should look the other way if they ever consider her for a role that requires taking off her clothes. And to her credit, she’s managed to stay active as a working actress without compromising her standards.
15. Mandy Moore
Starting off as a pop singer in the late ’90s before branching into acting, Mandy Moore has turned down multiple roles that required her to show nudity. She told USA Today her reason for this, a statement that was at once simple yet poignantly logical: “It would be completely uncomfortable to walk down the street and know that the person passing by had seen me without my clothes on.”
It’s natural for all of us to be feel shy or awkward at some point in our lives, but this is nothing compared to the scenario Moore described. It’s absolutely true that many of us would probably feel embarrassed if we knew that random strangers had seen us in the buff.
“My mother raised me with certain standards,” said Barbadian music sensation Rihanna in an interview with MTV. Although the world-class pop singer has been no stranger to racy music videos, she’s got her limits as well. She may appear in a dress made out of nothing but crystals, but don’t even think about asking her to take things further than that.
Life is all about balance, and Rihanna, like many other stars in Hollywood, understands that it’s possible to both put yourself out there and have firm boundaries as well. Therefore, she will never perform any scenes with nudity, whether in a movie, a music video, or for promotional purposes.
17. Rebel Wilson
Anyone who’s ever seen Rebel Wilson on camera knows how much of a wild child she can be. The Australian comic actress tends to play characters who are rambunctious, brash, and generally hilarious. But as reckless as her characters can be, she has no interest in agreeing to film nude scenes. Known for comedy hits such as Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, Wilson actually had some interesting opinions on the topic.
In an interview with Marie Claire, she explained that there’s only one thing that would enable her to shoot a nude scene. The film crew would have to “have a certain sensibility and decency”. But this isn’t very telling, because she added: “And a lot of times in comedy, they’re not those people.”
18. Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher, known for films such as Wedding Crashers and Now You See Me, isn’t subscribing to a culture that endorses getting naked on-screen. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Fisher explained that actresses in Hollywood become “no longer funny” when they reveal extra skin on screen. She then added, “That was my theory, and that’s why I didn’t want to do it.”
But in Fisher’s mind, it wasn’t that a given actress gets less funny when she performs a nude scene; rather, they are simply perceived that way by the viewers. But regardless of public opinion, her decision feels right to her, which is all that matters.
19. Hilary Duff
We were all first introduced to Hilary Duff as a young child star on the teen Disney channel series Lizzie McGuire. Duff played the titular lead role, and the world got to know her lovable quirks far before the idea of posing nude ever became an option for her.
When she got older, she was reportedly pressured to cross that barrier to revitalize her public image as a “mature” star. However, the actress refused to take the bait, and she discussed it during a conversation with the Sunday Telegraph: “If I do a movie, I want to be myself. I don’t want to take my top off or anything.”
20. Reese Witherspoon
Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon doesn’t take the topic of on-screen nudity lightly at all. In fact, she is strongly against it, as she told Glamour magazine: “If actresses take their clothes off, they objectify themselves. I am flabbergasted by how many legitimate actresses do it.”
Witherspoon has been loved both by fans and industry insiders alike for roles in Legally Blonde, Cruel Intentions, and countless others. While her characters may get flirty, and even take things further than that, you’ll never see them get nude on camera. Witherspoon knows her limits, and she’s made sure to stay true to them in the face of industry pressure.
21. Samuel L. Jackson
It’s crazy to think that in Samuel L. Jackson’s long and illustrious career, he’s never been put under pressure to do nude scenes. This has been a relief to Jackson, who has no interest in taking his clothes off on camera. However, he noted on the Howard Stern Radio Show that he would demand a stunt double if a situation like that ever presented itself.
The longtime actor also joked that if he ever did go nude, he’d be afraid to not live up to his fans’ high expectations of him: “My aura is so big,” Jackson jokingly quipped. Well, might as well keep the illusion alive and running.
22. Julia Roberts
The quintessential actress defining Hollywood in the last part of the 20th century, Julia Roberts has been in tons of rom-coms. And in case you haven’t noticed, she’s appeared nude in none of them. Even for her role in Pretty Woman, where she portrays a prostitute named Vivian Ward, it’s actually a body double who we see revealing herself on camera, not Roberts.
Roberts has her reasons for this decision, and laid them out in a well-known interview with Marie Claire magazine: “To act with my clothes on is a performance. To act with my clothes off is a documentary.” She continued by opining that going nude on camera doesn’t showcase any real acting skills whatsoever.
23. Sarah Jessica Parker
The Sex and the City star might be against filming nude scenes, but that doesn’t mean she judges others who aren’t against it. In fact, she even praises them for it: “It’s fantastic that people feel comfortable doing it. It’s not a principled position or religious or ideological on my part,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
This isn’t the same approach to other women on this list, who are more against the idea of on-screen nudity from a general moral standpoint. Parker seems to endorse the “you do you” mantra — but nevertheless, she claims that she’ll never cross that barrier personally.
24. Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais’ main problem with being filmed nude on camera is actually concern for other people: as he jokingly informed The Sun, “I don’t want to see this body — nobody does!” He’s maintained that celebrities aren’t immune to feeling self-conscious about their bodies, and therefore they shouldn’t be pressured to do nude scenes.
The five-time Golden Globe host is perhaps best known for creating the original UK version of The Office, a cult classic mockumentary comedy series that later inspired its remarkably successful American counterpart. Gervais’ stature in the comedy world is lauded by many, so it’s no surprise that he can have special requests about what kind of scenes he shoots.
25. Carrie-Anne Moss
When Trinity, a fictional character played by actress Carrie-Anne Moss, got plugged into the Matrix, she was able to metaphysically dictate the wardrobe worn by her “Matrix avatar”. It appears that Carrie-Anne Moss is able to do that in real life as well, affirming to directors that she’ll never go nude.
“I’m just not like that at all. What would my mother think? Besides, lots of actresses like Julia Roberts and Michelle Pfeiffer don’t do nudity, so I don’t think it’s so important.” Moss seems to come from a family that values modesty when it comes to clothing — and clearly she retains those values to this day.
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