Some celebrities are completely comfortable with baring it all and feel they have no need for getting body doubles for the more exposed scenes in their films and TV shows. There are, however, other celebrities who are not comfortable with the world seeing everything and have clauses that say as much written into their contracts. Take Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick, for instance. The famous actress has gone to great lengths to avoid exposing herself on the big screen. Here are actresses who surprisingly refuse to bare it all, and their reasons for choosing to remain clothed.
Jessica Simpson has a fantastic figure and she doesn’t try to cover it up. While she has posed provocatively for photos, and her Instagram page contains a few near-bare snaps, she has a strict policy when it comes to her professional work.
Simpson told Allure in their April 2004 issue, "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. Those accolades mean nothing to me…. I don’t think people deserve to see what’s underneath my clothing. That’s only for my next husband — ha ha ha!"
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker was one of the stars of Sex and the City, and while some her co-stars appeared to have no problem with lascivious scenes, she refused. Parker even had a clause in her contract and opened up about it during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "I’ve always had one, and it’s apropos of absolutely nothing," she said. "Some people have a perks list and they are legendary. They have to have white candles in their room. I don’t have a crazy list like that. I’ve just always had [a no-nudity clause]."
Parker went on to confirm that while fans will never be seeing her completely bare, she has no issue with other actresses who want to do it. She told the publication, "I think it’s fantastic that people feel comfortable doing it."
Rebel Wilson is another actress who has a clause in her contract about how much she’s willing to show. She spoke about her policy in an interview with Marie Claire for their July 2016 issue (for which she was the cover girl), and how she refused to give in, despite some people in the industry trying to convince her otherwise.
She explained how it came up while filming The Brothers Grimsby. "[They] wanted full-frontal nudity. We write in the contract, specifically, ‘No nudity.’ They got in another girl — this larger burlesque dancer from South Africa — to be a nude double. And they got her to do all this stuff."
Wilson also revealed that despite Sacha Baron Cohen (who wrote and starred in the film) insisting that the body double looked good, she still had no intention of taking off her clothes. "I’m like, I’m not doing it. I don’t care what you say," she said. However, she did tell the publication that she may be willing to change her mind in the future, if the film was not a comedy.
Mandy Moore told USA Today in 2007 that the reason she would never film scenes in her birthday suit is that she doesn’t think there is any need for them. She said, "It would be completely uncomfortable to walk down the street and know that the person passing by had seen me without my clothes on. I’ve turned down several roles where the producers or directors or writers wouldn’t budge on that point."
While Moore is steadfast when it comes to her own stance, she did tell the publication that she has no issue with others who are more open in front of the cameras. She explained, "I’m not saying that it’s wrong for someone else to do them, but I think there’s a way to be feminine and sexy without posing half-naked."
Julia Roberts‘ career has spanned across more than three decades, and, while she has starred in a wide range of roles, the one thing she claims she won’t ever do in a film is bare it all. In a 2007 interview with OK! magazine (via Marie Claire), she told the publication, "To act with my clothes on is a performance. To act with my clothes off is a documentary."
Some may remember the 1990 film Pretty Woman, in which Roberts plays the role of an escort named Vivian Ward and showed off a bit of skin. But according to body double Shelley Michelle, she filmed some of the early scenes, including the memorable opening scene where the character pulls on her thigh-high boots.
In a 1991 interview with Orlando Sentinel, Michelle said, ”My legs were a little curvier, I was a little more busty. It made her [Roberts] look a little more curvaceous, just gave her that body she needed.”
Ashley Benson also has rules when it comes to her onscreen performances and how much skin she is willing to show. In 2014, she told Cosmopolitan that it can be hard to negotiate on films, because producers and directors are always pushing for her to take it off.
She said, "I make it clear that I have a line. Everyone tries to push you, and it’s easy to get talked into doing those things. I’ll just walk off-set: ‘If that’s the way it’s going to be, then you can do it without me.’ But not everyone realizes they can do that."
As for what the "line" that Benson won’t cross is, she claimed she never wants to do scenes that are "gratuitous." In Benson’s opinion, "Girls look so much better in lingerie or a tee shirt and leave the rest up to the imagination."
Kristen Bell told Women’s Health magazine that before she appeared on House of Lies in her underwear (she played the role of Jeannie Van Der Hooven), she ensured that she kicked her "buns and abs sets into high gear" to look her best. But at the same time, she revealed that although she was fine with posing in her bra and panties, she is not willing to bare it all.
She said, "But I don’t show my crack! All the Mr. Skins of the world are like, ‘Ooh, Kristen gets naked!’ I’m like, ‘Dream on!’" Good for her for sticking to what she believes in.
If a director is not willing to accept that Rachel Bilson won’t show more skin, she’s not willing to compromise. Bilson told Playboy magazine (via People) that movies can still accomplish their end result "without showing things." She shared that she almost didn’t appear in the 2006 film The Last Kiss, directed by Tony Goldwyn, because of her policy against showing it all.
"It’s almost a deal breaker," the former star of The O.C. said. "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."
In 2009, while promoting her movie The Invention of Lying, Jennifer Garner gave an interview to MTV News about her feelings about on-screen exposure. While Garner did not take it all off in the film, her co-star Ricky Gervais appeared without a shirt. Both stars, however, said that they would never appear completely bare on screen.
Gervais exclaimed, "There’s no chance of me doing it!" And Garner stated, "I will not be taking it all off!" She also insisted that there was "zero percent" chance that she would ever take her clothes off for a role, adding, "No, thank you. The world deserves better. Not interested."
Jessica Alba‘s reason for not taking off her clothes in her films is something that most people could probably relate to. The reason is that she doesn’t want her family members to see that much of her.
During a 2014 interview with Glamour, Alba said, "I don’t want my grandparents to see my boobs. That’s it. It would be weird at Christmas. And, I mean, really, if you look at the movies I have done, getting naked would never ‘elevate’ the picture."
In 2010, Anna Kendrick revealed that she has a strict policy when it comes to her films and would not be willing to take off her clothes for future roles. She confessed to Mandrake (via The Telegraph) that she would "not do that" at a party in Mayfair, London.
Six years later she had still not changed her mind. In 2016, Kendrick revealed that she used a butt double for a scene in the film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, where her character was filmed bare from behind. She opened up to E! News about the process of choosing a butt double and how the film’s crew had shown her three photos of potential stand-ins.
Keira Knightley has bared it all onscreen before — notably for her role in 2008’s The Duchess, as well as the 2005 action thriller Domino. However, since taking on those risqué roles, Knightley has revealed she’s stopped taking off her clothes for work.
Speaking with Financial Times, Knightley said the decision to stop doing nude or partially nude scenes for films was based partly on how she feels about her body now that she’s a mother (via Harper’s Bazaar). Jokingly saying that certain parts of her anatomy now "droop," the actress told the publication she now uses a body double instead of going nude herself. "I also don’t want to stand there [naked] in front of a whole film crew," Knightley said.
According to Knightley, fear of ending up on an X-rated website also keeps her from baring it all onscreen. "It used to be that you’d do a sex scene in isolation with the film, and it would make sense," Knightley told Financial Times. She continued, "But now, you can take the whole thing and put it in a completely different thing," noting that it could wind up on an adult site.
When Lena Headey refused to bare it all onscreen, some Game of Thrones fans surprisingly lashed out at the star.
Headey, who portrayed the infamous Game of Thrones villain Cersei Lannister, seemingly appeared in the buff for six minutes in the Season 5 episode "Mother’s Mercy." However, the body shown actually belonged to Headey’s body double, actress Rebecca Van Cleave — a revelation which apparently left some fans feeling duped. Telling Entertainment Weekly that she’d received some "really great" reactions to the episode from viewers, Headey revealed, "But some people thought I was less of an actress because I didn’t get my t**s out."
Admitting she’s done nude scenes in the past and is "not averse to it," Headey told Entertainment Weekly that she felt that being naked for the three days it took to film the emotional scene would have negatively impacted her mood — which would subsequently had a negative impact on her performance. "It’s not a natural thing to do," Headey said. She explained, "I film every year and I have kids and they know me now and [being naked in the scene] was just too much on top of that."
Hilary Duff likely won’t be baring it all onscreen anytime soon — if ever.
Of course, considering Duff became a household name for her portrayal of the lovable Lizzie McGuire in Disney’s wildly popular show of the same name, it makes sense that the former Disney darling would steer clear of risqué roles requiring nudity. However, since other former child stars have been known to rebel against their G-rated public images (such as Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan), some might be wondering if Duff — who has experienced a stunning transformation over the years — will ever decide to follow the same path.
Well, according to an interview Duff gave to The Telegraph as a young adult, doing a nude scene simply isn’t something that interests her (via Insider). "If I do a movie I want to be myself," Duff told the publication. She continued, "I don’t want to take my top off or anything. 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."
Allison Williams refuses to do a nude scene for her job; however, the former Girls star isn’t worried about what the public would think of her. Instead, she’s far more concerned about embarrassing her future children.
In an interview on ABC’s Popcorn With Peter Travers, Williams revealed that HBO had tried to get her to sign a nudity waiver for her role as Marnie on Girls – something Williams adamantly refused to do. "They were so stunned and so up against it time-wise, that I think they were just like, ‘All right. She’ll change her mind,’" Williams said. However, the star stuck to her guns, and Marnie was famously one of the few Girls characters to not bare it all onscreen.
"I didn’t want to give my future hypothetical children another avenue by which to be made fun of," Williams joked, saying she knows the pressure of growing up with a public figure as a parent. She continued, saying, "I just didn’t want to give them another thing to have to deal with … people showing up to school with old Google images of their naked mom."