As an Hollywood actress, many start out doing nudity because they don’t really have much of a choice. Later on in their careers, they usually can opt not to strip down, like put a no nudity clause in their contract. Most major movie stars have gotten naked sometime in their career—the pack of ladies who haven’t taken it off is small compared to those who have. Sometimes a scene requires nudity, but other times it’s gratuitous and is there just to create sex appeal. The actresses on this list choose not to appear bare-skinned in films, yet they’ve all been sexy in various roles and in photos. In other words, not all good acting requires doing it in a birthday suit.
9. Sarah Jessica Parker
The irony is SJP was on a show called Sex and the City, but she was the only female lead cast member to have a no nudity clause in her contract. Of course, she had a lot of sexual encounters on the show, but she kept her clothes on during racy scenes. One of the reasons she’s eschewed nudity is because she apparently isn’t proud of how she looks. Who knew such beautiful actors could be so insecure?
8. Anna Kendrick
The cutesy Kendrick has starred in a lot of movies over the past few years, but none of them have required nudity or much sexual prowess, for that matter. She’s gone on record and stated she won’t denude anytime soon: “I have been lucky because I have not been pigeonholed into the teenage movie category. I am not criticizing people who do that [nude scenes] but I plan to keep doing what I am doing and hope it keeps going good.”
7. Emma Watson
Best known for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter movies, Watson has since matured into a serious actress. In the few films she’s acted in since the franchise ended, she’s kept her clothes on, with only an underwear appearance in Perks of Being a Wallflower. The Brown-educated actress is someone who likes having a good image and doesn’t want to taint it with risque nudity. “I don’t want everyone to forget me as Hermione. I’m really proud of her,” Watson said about why she doesn’t expose herself.
6. Christina Hendricks
Fans would undoubtedly love to see the buxom red-head bare it all, but she’s keeping it to everyone’s wild imagination. The bodacious beauty flaunts her bod every week on Mad Men but she has yet to reveal much skin. She once explained her reasoning behind not getting nude was because she wanted to be taken seriously as an actress, and so far, that’s worked to her advantage.
5. Julia Roberts
Even though a plethora of Oscar-winning actresses have done the full monty, Roberts is adverse to getting naked. “You know 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. You know, as a mom of three, I feel like that,” she said on not doing nudity. She’s also picked roles that haven’t involved a lot of sex scenes. Her hooker with a heart of gold role in Pretty Woman, saw her wearing scantily clothes, but keep in mind was a Disney film so it couldn’t be too explicit. There is a scene where she’s briefly topless while romancing Richard Gere but that wasn’t her–she employed a body double for that and other scenes in the movie.
4. Megan Fox
“That’s the last thing I want to see–what I look like having sex,” Fox said once. “It would take one shot of me not looking good and I would not be able to have sex ever again, because I would always just see myself looking like a hippo having sex.” It’s too bad she thinks of herself as a hippo, because she’s not even close to looking like one. Fox doesn’t have a problem wearing lingerie on camera, though and according to the nude database Mr. Skin, Fox did give the world a glimpse of her nether regions during a behind-the-scenes video called Megan Fox FHM Photo Shoot. Then again, it wasn’t intentional.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
The Oscar-winner may not be far enough into her career to solicit nude scenes but so far, she’s managed to avoid disrobing and doing major sex scenes. In American Hustle, she wears seductive clothes and strutted her stuff. And let’s not forget her role as Mystique in the X-Men movies, where even though she’s covered in blue paint and looks freakish, she’s pretty much in the flesh, and only in the flesh.
2. Mila Kunis
The Ukrainian beauty and soon-to-be mother has appeared on several “sexiest women alive” lists yet, she’s never acted in the buff. “I showed side boob,” she told Allure. “I don’t need to show a**. You get one or the other. You don’t get both.” In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, she smartly used a body double in a topless scene and used the same tactic in Friends With Benefits. She has enough other sultry appearances to keep people interested in her body; her wearing a thong in the movie Boot Camp, and those almond-shaped eyes of hers.
1. Cameron Diaz
The former model is always sexy, whether she’s starring in a movie or not. According to Mr. Skin, she reveals some “accidental breasts” in Gangs of New York and Vanilla Sky, and then supposedly flashes her assets to Keanu Reeves in Feeling Minnesota, but you can’t really see anything. Her auto-erotic scene in last year’s The Counselor, is probably enough for some fans, but she used a body double for other scenes in the film. The actress will star in the comedy Sex Tape this summer, which will at least put her in some compromising positions and entail her rolling around in her underwear, but probably not anything more.