Celebrities You'll Never See Nude Onscreen
Some say you have to "sell your soul" to make it big in the entertainment industry, but plenty of successful celebrities stick to their personal values and still achieve fame. In fact, some of the biggest names in Hollywood are among the few modern celebrities who refuse to act, pose or otherwise appear in the nude.
Whether it’s for comfort, faith or family, these men and women have fought to keep their birthday suits far away from the cameras. Here’s 30 celebrities you’ll never see nude onscreen.
Rebel Wilson is the comedic genius who starred in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. Although her characters do some wild and wacky stuff, Wilson has rejected requests to perform nude. Rather than do nude scenes, she always opted for a body double, who happened to be a South African burlesque dancer.
Although you may think you saw Anna Kendrick naked in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, the actress actually used a body double for that movie. In terms of nudity, Kendrick explained that it's not a request she comes across that often.
Samuel L. Jackson
On the Howard Stern Radio Show, Samuel L. Jackson revealed that he would refuse to do full frontal nudity in his movies. Nudity hasn't been an issue so far in his career, but he plans to ask for a body double if it ever comes up.
Allison Williams is the daughter of MSNBC chief anchor Brian Williams. "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," she explained to ABC.
Ricky Gervais starred as the hilariously unforgettable David Brent on the UK version of the mockumentary sitcom The Office. The three-time host of the Golden Globes has caused controversy as a comedian by intentionally testing the limits of political correctness.
"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," actress Megan Fox told The Mirror.
Like Megan Fox, Jessica Alba has received plenty of attention for her face and curvy, toned physique. Despite all the attention her body receives, she won't be showing much of it to the camera. "If you look at the movies I have done, getting naked would never 'elevate' the picture," Alba remarked in an interview with Glamour.
Rihanna's reasons for avoiding nudity have to do with her roots. "My mother raised me with certain standards," Rihanna explained to MTV. Although her music videos can get steamy, the Barbadian singer, fashion designer and business mogul draws the line at being nude for her craft.
Katy Perry, the Christian singer turned pop star, is well known for pushing the envelope. After all, she was one of the first mainstream artists to sing openly about LGBTQ relationships, and her costumes for music videos and concerts are known to leave little to the imagination.
Taylor Swift told Glamour, "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 her songs are becoming more mature as she ages, Swift is still known as a "clean" artist.
After her success on The O.C., Rachel Bilson had another big break with her romantic role as Kim in The Last Kiss. Before production of the movie ended, she almost had to give up her role because of the amount of requested nudity in the R-rated movie.
After filming a movie, an unnamed director asked Kunis to do a promotional nude cover shoot for a racy magazine. When Kunis refused, the director threatened to blackball her. Needless to say, Kunis stuck to her guns, refused the shoot and she's still a successful actress.
Christina Hendricks really wishes people would talk more about her impressive body of work than her impressive body. That’s why the curvaceous and (far more importantly) talented actress is very selective about her roles and refuses to appear nude on camera.
She's been in dozens of roles, and Julia Roberts has never appeared in the nude on film. For Pretty Woman, where she played a prostitute, she used a body double. In addition to not feeling sexy enough to take off her clothes for the camera, Roberts feels that nudity is an acting cop-out.
Jessica Simpson may not be opposed to wearing Daisy Dukes' iconic shorts, but she is staunchly opposed to nude performances. She told Allure, "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."
Even when your job is to act like someone else, it's important to stay true to who you are. In a Refinery29 interview, Carrie-Anne Moss revealed her personal reasons for avoiding nudity. In short, she doesn't want to embarrass her family, offend her husband or change herself.
After seeing Mandy Moore on This Is Us, it's hard to believe that directors would let go of such a talented actress over nudity. Moore has always been seen as a morally strong person, so her reasons for refusing nudity shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Even more so than actresses, models are often pressured to pose nude. Since the direction of a photo shoot can change on a whim, models must be strong in their convictions if they don’t want to do it. Long before Hailey Bieber walked the Victoria's Secret runway, she vowed that she would never pose naked.
"Models... are expected to be blank canvases... I remember at 15 being told point-blank that in order to ’make it’ as a model I’d have to shoot nude, even though it was against my principles. That never sat well with me," Coco Rocha revealed to Flare magazine.
"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, but not everyone realizes they can do that. I never want to do nudity that's gratuitous. Girls look so much better in lingerie or a T-shirt and leave the rest up to the imagination," Ashley Benson vented to Cosmopolitan.
Jennifer Garner has played a wide variety of characters in her career, but one thing will never change: Garner will not act in the nude. When asked about being nude on camera, Jennifer Garner frankly told MTV, "I will not be taking it all off. No, thank you. The world deserves better. Not interested."
Blake Lively has no problem getting great roles, despite her aversion to performing nude. She says she doesn't want nudity to be a distraction from the plot and her performance.
Hilary Duff, who brought the lovable Lizzie McGuire to life, was pressured to prove she was an adult by taking controversial roles with nudity. Although Duff has made a graceful transition into more mature roles, nudity was always one thing she said she would never do.
On the first season of America's Next Top Model, Shannon Stewart declared she wouldn't pose nude or even in underwear or lingerie. When she returned for the All-Stars season, judges complained that she was just using "semantics" to get out of a non-sexual Fruit of the Loom photo shoot.
Kristen Bell is not ashamed of her body! In fact, she is known for being obsessed with building up her bum with glute workouts. She is very proud of the derriere she has achieved through exercise, but that doesn’t mean she wants to show the bare-bottomed results to the people at work and her fans.
Dame Joan Collins has achieved legend status for her work on the film and stage. The Dynasty and Land of the Pharaohs actress is known for playing sultry characters, but she has strong feelings on actors going nude.
For better or for worse, going nude on camera can be a career-defining moment. Many former child stars use adult nudity as a way to get out of being pigeonholed into juvenile roles. Isla Fisher worries that she could be similarly pigeonholed by agreeing to nude scenes in films.
As Jenna Fischer explained to Playboy, she has a very simple rule when it comes to how far she goes on film. "I wouldn't do anything I wouldn't be proud to show my parents," she said. Fischer has tested her boundaries for a few roles.
The thought of appearing nude is downright offensive to Reese Witherspoon. "If [actresses] take their clothes off, they objectify themselves. I am flabbergasted by how many legitimate actresses do it," she boldly told Glamour.
Sarah Jessica Parker
"It's fantastic that people feel comfortable doing it. It's not a principled position or religious or ideological on my part. I’ve always had one, and it’s apropos of absolutely nothing. I’ve just always had [one]," Sarah Jessica Parker explained regarding her long-standing no-nudity clause to The Hollywood Reporter.