Don't believe everything you read on the internet (unless it's on the whisp, in which case, 100 percent believe it 😉). There are plenty of actors who refuse nude scenes in Hollywood and still become massively successful. Some A-List stars have had anti-nudity clauses in their contracts since long before they hit it big, and everything turned out alright for them all the time.
Some actors change their minds one way or the other throughout long careers, others never budge, and even more still are sex symbols that attained their status with little more than the art of the tease. Take it off, keep it on, who cares? These 40 stars, apparently.
Julia Roberts literally got famous for playing a sex worker, but the Pretty Woman actress has some pretty strong words for people that ask her to bare all on camera.
"It's not really what I do, so if you are going ask me to do it, you have to expect it to be toned down," she told the Daily Mail in 2009. "You know, as a [mom] of three, I feel like that."
Another star with some raunchy films under her belt, Sarah Michelle Geller might be best known for her role as the titular character in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but her portrayal of Kathryn Merteuil in the saddest movie ever made, Cruel Intentions, is so scandalous that it's easy to forget she never actually took her clothes off.
"Sarah doesn't do nudity, period," her reps told the New York Post. "It has never been her thing."
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That episode of Friends where Joey Tribbiani acts as Al Pacino's butt double isn't just one of the gang's crazy antics. While Matt LeBlanc hasn't actually stood in for Al (as far as we know), body doubles are common in the industry to let actors like Anna Kendrick appear in roles that demand nudity. Anna told The Telegraph she used a double in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates because, in her words, "I will not do that."
Looks like there's actually something Nick Fury *can't* do (other than keep his cool around cats). Samuel L. Jackson revealed the endearing reason he won't go fully nude in his movies on Howard Stern's radio show: he's nervous he doesn't measure up. Samuel essentially told Howard that he's worried his "D" won't be able to match his BDE.
"I might ask for a d*ck double," he said when asked whether he'd strip on-screen. "I don't know if it's formidable enough."
Scandalous scenes are not what dreams are made of for this former Disney Channel star. Hilary Duff shaded some of her Disney peers when she told The Telegraph that she wasn't interested in following their path of teen rebellion.
"If I do a movie I want to be myself. I don't want to take my top off or anything," Hilary said. "In the States, it seems it's the trend to turn 18 or 19 and then take your shirt off and do something crazy, and I don't know what comes after that."
Sarah Jessica Parker is living proof that you don't have to show everything in order to be sexually empowered (but, for the record, it's also totally okay if that's how you roll — this is the Non-Judging Breakfast Club). SJP is the only member of the Sex And The City core four who never appeared nude on the show. Even though Sarah has always put no-nudity clauses in her contracts, she's also not one to judge if you feel differently.
"I think it's fantastic that people feel comfortable doing it," Sarah told The Hollywood Reporter. "[My clause is] not some kind of principled position or religious or ideological on my part."
Veronica Mars might have been pretty gritty for a teen soap, but it wasn't exactly HBO. Kristen Bell's gone full Disney princess since then, literally, so her stance on nudity isn't going to be changing any time soon.
"I don't show my crack!" she said to Women's Health, reminding us all that she is, first and foremost, hilarious. "All the Mr. Skins of the world are like, 'Ooh, Kristen get naked!' I'm like, 'Dream on!'"
Girls was famous for Lena Dunham's nude scenes. And people complaining about Lena Dunham's nude scenes. And people complaining about people complaining about Lena Dunham's nude scenes. Clearly, it wasn't what one would call a *rare* occurrence. Allison Williams doesn't share her co-star's affinity for showing skin and refused to sign a nudity waiver.
“I just wanted to give Marnie almost all of myself. But there were things that felt like they should be mine and felt like they should always be mine,” she told ABC. "Maybe part of it, too, was growing up with a parent in the public eye and being aware of the fact that… I didn’t want to give my future hypothetical children another avenue by which to be made fun of."
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Jessica Alba has a very specific reason for refusing to do roles that require nudity.
"I don't want my grandparents to see my boobs," she told Glamour for their June 2014 cover story. "That's it. It would be weird at Christmas."
Jessica expanded her explanation, saying she's never felt that nudity would elevate the movies she's done. To be fair, it's not like it could have made The Fantastic Four any *worse*, right?
Jennifer Garner said the "world deserves better" than seeing her naked on screen, which is a fairly negative thing to say about yourself. The world isn't worthy of your bod, Jen!
During a press tour for the Rickey Gervais comedy The Invention of Lying in 2009, she told MTV she wasn't interested in baring all on-screen. "I will not be taking it all off," she stated. "No, thank you."
Gossip Girl's entire ad campaign was focused around being "mind-blowingly inappropriate," but despite the show's first central conflict revolving around Blake Lively's character having sex on a bar with her best friend's boyfriend, the actress is generally opposed to nudity in her roles. She's only made an exception once for All I See Is You, and it seems unlikely she'd do it again.
"When I see nudity in movies, I am always distracted by it," Blake said to The Daily Mail. "I know that 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."
Ironically, Rachel Bilson revealed her aversion to nude scenes during an interview with Playboy. Rachel was talking about how she almost lost a role in The Last Kiss because she wouldn't appear naked.
“Movies can be sexy or sexual without showing things,” Rachel said. “It’s almost a deal breaker. The movie was rated-R, and they like to put in nudity wherever they can, but I’m pretty strong willed and believe it can be avoided.”
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Rebel Wilson's opposition to nudity is specific to comedy films. In The Brothers Grimsby, Sacha Baron Cohen tried to convince her to break her no-nudity clause even after they'd hired a body double to film her naked scenes. She did, however, say she would be open to considering nudity if she knew the scene would be treated with care like it might be in a serious or dramatic film.
"You want to know that the people [behind the camera] have a certain sensibility and decency," she told Marie Claire for their July 2016 cover story. Apparently, the crew on her comedy films don't make her feel so comfortable.
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Maybe it's because the public already knows way too much about her personal life after her reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica and that controversial John Mayer interview, but the sex symbol said she would "never" do nudity in conversation with Allure.
"I don't care how dark and intellectual the role could be, you know? I don't care if I frickin' get an Oscar for it, I'm not going to do it," Jessica said. "Those accolades mean nothing to me."
Agreeing to do a Harmony Korine movie is like screaming, "I'm an adult and can do what I want, mom!" for young teen stars. Still, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson managed to keep things pretty PG-13 in Spring Breakers. Ashley even talked to Cosmopolitan about how she would walk off set when Harmony and studio execs would try to push her into things that made her uncomfortable.
"I never want to do nudity that's gratuitous," Ashley said. "Girls look so much better in lingerie or a tee shirt and leave the rest up to the imagination."
In the same interview where Jennifer Garner revealed her aversion to on-screen nudity, Ricky Gervais told MTV that there was "no chance" of him getting naked on camera. He said that he would be willing to use a body double, but there was "absolutely no way" he would strip for the cameras. Clearly, he had very strong feelings on the subject, and judging by the lack of results when you Google "Ricky Gervais Nudity" (which we do not recommend), he hasn't changed his tune.
Another celebrity that has employed the use of a body double, real-life Disney princess Mandy Moore's exposed booty in Chasing Liberty wasn't really hers at all. In fact, Mandy got to choose which double to use in the film's skinny dipping scene.
"No one has seen my butt besides me behind closed doors," Mandy joked with Entertainment Tonight. "I'm a modest girl."
Mandy has even turned down roles because she doesn't want to appear naked, according to USA Today.
Megan Fox might be the hottest person on Earth, but she's earned that distinction without appearing naked on-screen. Megan told MTV it's partially because she doesn't want to know what she looks like during sex, but she's expanded on her stance in an interview with The Mirror.
"There are some good projects I've read that are with talented people, talented directors, but the things the women are required to do in the movie are things I can't have my sons ever know or see," she said, explaining that she turned down a role with HBO because of the explicit content. "Those are things that are degrading to the woman who's playing the character."
Mila Kunis has done sex scenes on film, but that doesn't mean she's down to show her entire body to millions of people. Mila used a butt double in Friends With Benefits (aka the better version of No Strings Attached), and she's spoken out to Variety about a producer (likely Harvey Weinstein) who threatened her career when she wouldn't pose topless for a magazine. She stuck to her guns, though, and turned out just fine.
Emma Roberts has taken a page out of her aunt Julia's book and refused to do any fully nude scenes... for now. The actress told W magazine that she might change her tune in the future, but in 2010, she was pretty certain she'd never feel the need to show that much skin on camera.
“I don’t know that I’d do a full-on nude scene, ever,” she explained. "But we'll see."
After seeing Emma Watson grow up on-screen in the Harry Potter franchise, it's a bit of a relief that she has no desire to "get [her] kit off" in her adult roles. Daniel Radcliffe gave it a try in Equus, and we're still scarred. Considering her position as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she has more than her acting career to consider when making decisions about what types of roles she'd like to take.
"I'm not going to get my kit off or snort cocaine in a film just to leave Hermione behind. I don't want everyone to forget me as Hermione. I'm really proud of her," Emma said in a 2010 New York Daily News interview, warming our cold hearts.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Chris Pratt has become synonymous with "outspoken Hollywood Christian." A "source" told the National Enquirer in 2015 that his newly ripped bod won't be making its silver screen debut any time soon because he sees it as antithetical to his faith. It's not the ~most~ reliable place to get news, but so far, it's been the truth.
“Everyone wants a piece of him, but Chris refuses to even consider anything that involves a sex scene. He knows that he’s become a sex symbol, but it’s not the public image he wants to project," the source said. "It’s not something he sees as compatible with his faith.“
Katy Perry got famous off of pure shock value with "I Kissed A Girl," a queer-baiting anthem for the ages, and now she's decided to take a weird midway stance on nudity that will surprise both those who were pretty sure she'd be down to go nude and people who remember her start as a Christian folk singer that would never consider it.
"I’m like a burlesque girl. I definitely won’t be doing a Playboy spread, but I will be doing a kind of Dita Von Teese style," she told Cosmopolitan UK.
Amy Adams Isla Fisher let people believe she had really stripped down for Wedding Crashers in 2005 for a hot second before she revealed that she had used a body double for the scenes, according to What Culture.
"I feel like if you have a female comic character and then you see her nipples, then she is no longer funny which is clearly wrong," Isla explained. "That's what I didn't want to do it."
If you think you've seen Rihanna bare all, that's because you basically have. RiRi was just a few precious Swarovski crystals away from revealing ~her~ precious Swarovski crystals to the world at the 2014 CFDA awards, but that's as close as Rihanna's going to get to showing it all.
"My mother would kill me if I posed nude," Rihanna explained to MTV UK. "My mother raised me with certain standards."
The Old Taylor might be dead, but even Taylor Swift 2.0 prefers to keep her clothing on. Taylor explained why it's so easy for her to avoid baring it all during a 2014 Glamour interview that still rings true for the pop star.
"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," Taylor explained. "For me 'risky' is revealing what really happened in my life through music. Risky is writing confessional songs and telling the true story about a person with enough details so everyone knows who that person is. That's putting myself out there, maybe even more than taking my shirt off."
Scarlet Johansson has given herself a little wiggle room with her strict no-nudity clause that she has included in her contracts since the age of 22. She agreed to appear nude during 2014's Under The Skin because she felt it was written in a way that was "biological" and intentional instead of exploitative. She's not likely to appear naked on film again for a while, though, because she's been such a long-time advocate of keeping your clothing on (and works for the Disney-owned Marvel company).
Two of Cameron Diaz's most beloved roles are inextricable from their sexuality, There's Something About Mary (which includes a scene that's more explicit than any on-screen nudity could ever be — you know the one) and Charlie's Angels. Surprisingly, the actress has said she's uncomfortable being naked in films, according to Marie Claire. She's done one film with nudity in her career, and she waited until her forties to finally agree to it..
Christina Hendricks is more than just a hot bod, and she knows it. Gossip blog Oh No They Didn't reported that most of her post-Mad Men offers have been for roles that require nudity, and she doesn't appreciate it.
"Clearly, everyone wants to see more of Christina but she doesn’t want to be overexposed in the wrong way," the source elaborated.
Christina has mentioned to New York Magazine before that the constant fixation on her body has hurt her feelings, especially after acting her butt off for Mad Men.
Unlike some of the stars on this list, deciding to go nude in films isn't all or nothing for Olivia Munn. She did appear topless in Magic Mike, but Olivia made it clear to Vulture that she thought the nudity was reasonable because it didn't feel gratuitous. She even said she forgot she had filmed it until she watched the movie's premiere.
"There are very few directors I would ever do it for," she explained. "Also, my character was getting out of the shower and to keep it as realistic as possible I didn't wear a shirt in the shower."
The Office wasn't exactly known for its graphic depictions of the human body, but Pam Jenna Fischer has still developed some strong feelings about performing nude during her time in the industry. Jenna told Playboy she "wouldn't do anything [she] wouldn't be proud to show [her] parents." Jenna isn't afraid to speak her mind on the subject, especially after one particularly gross playwright accused her of not being a "real actress" for refusing nudity. A lot of people suck, but Jenna is not one of them. That playwright, however, is.
People who didn't realize Mark Wahlberg's gigantic penis in Boogie Nights was a prosthetic are super gullible. He's only really gone naked on film once and it was under very special circumstances. He convinced his Broken City director in 2011 to cut a sex scene by agreeing to strip down. He'd rather take a hit to his nudity preferences than risk upsetting his wife by having to kiss someone else, he told WENN.
One of the weirdest (in a not-fun way) sex scenes on film has to be the tepid Matrix Reloaded moment between Neo and Trinity, but don't try to tell Carrie-Ann Moss that more nudity would have helped the scene out a bit (because, for one, that's a terribly rude thing to say).
"I’m just not like that at all. My first thought would be, ‘What would my mother think?" Carrie-Ann said, according to Refinery29. “Besides, lots of actresses like Julia Roberts and Michelle Pfeiffer don’t do nudity, so I don’t think it’s so important… For me, there’s also the feeling that since I’m married, there’s a kind of sacredness to the body."
Yeah, we're not kidding. Part of Paris Hilton's rise to fame were her hard-partying antics, but the DJ heiress hasn't posed naked since the release of her infamous sex tape. The tape being released without her permission severely depressed Paris, who told Marie Claire about the effect it had on her life.
"Because of that tape, I will always be judged and thought of as whatever they say about me because of a private moment between my boyfriend and me. I wish I had never met him," Paris said. "That is actually the one regret in my life. I wish that I had never met that guy. I could not leave my house for months.
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Who could forget Cersei Lannister's walk of shame? One of the most haunting moments in Game of Thrones's long and dramatic history was acted by Lena Headey from the neck-up. The actress refused to appear naked (unlike basically all of the other cast members), instead using a body double for the gut-wrenching scene. Lena's decision wasn't aesthetic, it was for the good of the character.
"Things really affect me. And the thought of being naked for three days and trying to contain her in the way she would be I think I would feel very angry. I didn’t want to be angry. I don’t think Cersei would be angry. I did what I thought she would do, emotionally," she said to Entertainment Weekly. "I didn’t phone it in; I was actually there for three days with Rebecca."
Sure, audiences have seen a lot of Jaime Dornan's butt. Like, a lot. But the actor drew the line at full-frontal nudity in the 50 Shades Of Grey franchise, much to the chagrin of massive Christian Grey stans.
"I just thought, 'We don't need to be flashing the rest if it's not essential to the story,'" he told E! News. "We're not making porn, as much as people think we are."
Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay has been naked on film before, in her first film role, but she said she wouldn't make that decision again.
"To be honest, Albatross was naivety and not knowing that I could say no," Jessica told the Radio Times, describing what seems like a very manipulative and sketchy set. "I had no idea what was going to happen and thought I was going to be shot from behind."
George Clooney might be one of People's Sexiest Men Alive basically every year, but Decider has noticed that it's only the ladies getting naked in George's steamy movie scenes, like his intimate scene opposite Violante Placido in The American or his love story with Jennifer Lopez in Out Of Sight. George hasn't gone on record about his anti-nudity clause, but we would have seen ~something~ by now if the clause didn't exist.
Some more sleuthing on the web uncovered that Jon Hamm, another American sex symbol, has never actually bared all in a role. Movie magic protected his modesty in Bridesmaids, and he's never come closer to appearing in the nude on-screen. IRL, though, is a whole different story, with a slew of paparazzi shots invading his right to privacy and selling pictures of his penis to the tabloids. Again, most people suck, but Jon Hamm is not one of them. The paparazzi, however, are.
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Reese Witherspoon is an underrated feminist icon. Not only did she bring Elle Woods, J.D. to life, she also owns a production company that focuses on hiring women, serves on the board of the Children's Defense Fund, is the honorary chair of the Avon Foundation that supports women through breast cancer research and domestic violence prevention, and she's earned over $200 million during her prolific film career. She doesn't have time to pose nude (although she'd definitely find a way to if she was so inclined — she can do anything.)
Marie Claire remembers Reese saying, "If actresses take their clothes off, they objectify themselves. I am flabbergasted by how many legitimate actresses do it."