When it comes to making it in Hollywood, it definitely helps to be good looking. But just because you may be gorgeous, doesn’t mean that movie studios won’t cast you in some roles in which you look downright ugly.
The 15 women below know that feeling all too well as some of their biggest roles have come when they’ve been forced to leave their sex appeal at the door. Though when you consider several of them won Academy Awards for some of their ugliest roles, you can understand that perhaps it’s worth considering.
You’ll be amazed at the physical transformations that Margot Robbie and Emma Stone have gone through for two of their most recent films.
In order to really highlight just how big of a departure from these stars’ regular good looks, we’ve also included the sexiest movie roles that these women have participated in. Whether it’s baring it all, getting up close with other women or just looking beautiful, we’re sure you love the movies we’ve selected.
After all, there are reasons why these 15 women are considered the sexiest women in Hollywood and we’ve tracked down the proof.
15. Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone And American Hustle
When it comes to roles in which Lawrence has been able to up her ‘sex appeal’, none may be more captivating than American Hustle. As evident by the above photo, there was no shortage of cleavage-baring and body hugging dresses that both Lawrence and her co-star Amy Adams were put in.
Don’t think that stopped Lawrence from enjoying the snack food that they had on set though! “Because Jennifer Lawrence is a very… let’s say… raw and intuitive young lady and she’s not against eating Doritos and snack food in her costume. So we were glad that we had a couple [backups],” admitted costume designer Michael Wilkinson.
14. Angelina Jolie – Girl Interrupted And Mr. And Mrs. Smith
If you are like many people and cannot wait until the next season of Stranger Things to come back, take some time out of your day and check out the 1999 movie Girl, Interrupted which stars Ryder alongside Angelina Jolie.
Jolie who you see above plays a sociopath who has been locked in a mental institute for 8 years and understandably does not have a makeup kit at the ready! While there are roles in which Jolie has let her clothes hit the floor, her most seductive of all may be the leather outfit that she donned for the above scene in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Known as the movie that infamously led to Pitt and Jolie hooking up off-set, you can only wonder if this particular outfit played a role!
13. Emma Stone – Battle Of The Sexes And La La Land
Emma Stone has several roles in which she is easily considered one of the most beautiful women in the film, after all, Jonah Hill wasn’t going after the ugliest girl in school! When it comes to selecting her most beautiful though, you wouldn’t be alone if you were left captivated with the various stunning outfits in her film La La Land. While it was her singing and acting that helped her take home the Academy Award, we’re sure it didn’t help that she’s beautiful!
Stone’s letting those good looks fade away for her upcoming film that also stars Steve Carell. Stone plays famed tennis star Billie Jean King and faces off with Carell who plays Bobby Riggs. Entitled Battle of the Sexes, the film will be loosely based on the 1973 match between the two.
12. Drew Barrymore – Never Been Kissed And Bad Girls
Drew Barrymore played the role of Josie Geller (no relation to Ross and Rachel!) in the movie Never Been Kissed which if the title didn’t give it away, she plays a character who has never been kissed.
The movie follows Geller returning undercover to a high school but while spending time there gets reminded of her geeky past, including an infamous moment in which students hurled eggs at her on prom night. The dress combined with the braces definitely helped hammer home the geeky persona that the filmmakers were going for.
While it may also be one of her worst movies (9% on RottenTomatoes), there is little denying that Barrymore looks drop dead gorgeous in the movie Bad Girls in which she plays a prostitute and most definitely does a lot more than kissing!
11. Brie Larson – Room And Free Fire
Brie Larson is remarkable in the movie Room and there is little argument that she didn’t deserve all the critical acclaim that came her way, including an Academy Award.
For those unfamiliar with the movie, it followed Larson who played a character who had been kept in captivity for the past 7 years and her 5-year-old son (who was also born while in captivity) and their escape into the outside world.
Understandably it was Larson’s acting and not good looks that made the cast and crew so confident in their choice. As for most beautiful, it’s hard not to be captivated with how good looking Larson looks in her recent film Free Fire.
10. Charlize Theron – Monster And The Devil’s Advocate
Charlize Theron won an Academy Award for her performance as Aileen Wuornos in Monster but as talented as her acting was, it was the physical transformation that perhaps left people the most shocked.
When talking about the transformation, Theron admitted,
“I was very happy because I was very concerned that it would become a joke. I didn’t want it to become about makeup or about a caricature or anything like that. And so I was really
nervous. So the first day that we did all of it and I looked in the mirror, I was like [gasps],
OK, I’m feeling this—this feels very authentic to me and very real and it’s not a
While there are plenty of roles while Theron dials up the sex appeal, we had to elect with The Devil’s Advocate which features Theron getting up close and personal with Keanu Reeves and even bares it all while standing in a church!
9. Salma Hayek – Frida And From Dusk Till Dawn
Salma Hayek was incredibly committed to play the role of painter Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film Frida, and you better believe that means she had to agree to rock the unibrow! The transformation paid off as the movie won an Academy Award for Best Makeup and it did wonders for helping establish Hayek as an actress.
That’s not to say that she didn’t have some big roles before that, but you wouldn’t be alone if her role in From Dusk Till Dawn (which we feature above) in which she plays the star stripper is one where you’re glad she was able to leave her eyebrows separated.
8. Naomie Harris – Pirates Of The Caribbean And Skyfall
When it comes to elaborate hairstyles, can you imagine the significant difference in between Naomie Harris‘ two roles that we have featured above? On one hand, you have the several films in which she’s taken to the sea to play the goddess Calypso and while there aren’t many females in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, that doesn’t make Harris’ role one that required her to exude her sexuality.
In contrast, you also have the roles in which she rocks out as Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise. While that may not be a traditional “Bond girl” role, we’re sure anytime she shows up on the screen you aren’t going to be complaining.
7. Nicole Kidman – The Hours And Eyes Wide Shut
Nicole Kidman is one of the many talented actresses to lend her name to the movie The Hours. Understandably when Meryl Streep was interviewed about how it was working alongside her, Streep had something to say about Kidman’s drastic physical transformation
“I think that everybody will concentrate on the adjustment in her appearance, but sometimes that’s a very liberating thing for an actor, and it enables them to do things that we won’t let them do as an audience.”
The movie was nominated for several Academy Awards and Kidman actually took home the award for Best Actress for her performance.
Kidman gets liberated of her clothing on a regular basis in the movie on the right, Eyes Wide Shut which to be fair, also includes plenty of topless Tom Cruise.
6. Amanda Seyfried – Jennifer’s Body And Lovelace
Now if we’re going to be completely fair to Amanda Seyfried, while she doesn’t exactly look all too desirable in the photo on the left, there is a moment in Jennifer’s Body in which she makes out with Megan Fox so how “unattractive” can that role really be? Though from the above photo it’s clear that the role caused Seyfried to embrace her dirty side and not in all the fun ways!
Seyfried is plenty familiar with exploring her sexuality on the big screen, including baring it all and getting up close and personal with Julianne Moore in Chloe.
Then as you can tell from the above photo, you also need to factor in that she’s played the adult film star Linda Lovelace and you can understand that Seyfried must be plenty comfortable showing the world her birthday suit.
5. Margot Robbie – I, Tonya And Wolf Of Wall Street
There is little doubt that Margot Robbie‘s incredible good looks were a huge part of her character in Wolf of Wall Street, not that the audience or Leonardo DiCaprio were complaining! The role also helped show off her outstanding acting talent and we’re sure it’s going to be on full display with her upcoming film I, Tonya in which she has been cast as the famous figure skater Tonya Harding.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Harding was at the center of controversy in 1994 when she and her ex-husband organized an attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan with the hopes that Kerrigan would suffer a broken leg.
4. Anne Hathaway – Princess Diaries And Havok
When it comes to having success right from the start, Anne Hathaway is one of the best examples in Hollywood. It was her debut film The Princess Diaries that embraced a larger than life hairstyle and dorky glasses that helped make it clear she was going to be a star, as it earned over $150 million at the box office.
While Hathaway gets significantly more attractive as the movie progresses, that doesn’t make her initial appearance all the more alarming!
Hathaway has embraced showing off her body and sexuality in a variety of roles since her debut, but you wouldn’t be alone if she catches your attention on a regular basis in Havok. The movie came out in 2005 and also starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bijou Phillips.
3. Rooney Mara – Girl With The Dragon Tattoo And Carol
But while there is also nudity in her role for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mara clearly spent a long time transforming her appearance to be one that is not necessarily traditionally sexy.
Mara knew the world didn’t find her attractive, but that definitely wasn’t a bad thing saying in a past interview,
“When you have a weird haircut and no eyebrows and lots of piercings and you’re dressing like a boy, people don’t look at you, and I found it to be so freeing. To just roll out of bed in the morning and not worry about what you look like. ”
2. Taryn Manning – OITNB And Jack And Jill Vs. The World
When you consider Taryn Manning played a character on Orange is the New Black who was a former drug user, you can understand that the character may not have had the best dental hygiene.
Manning opened up in past interviews saying that the crew had covered her own teeth (and a great deal of coloring) to get the finished look. When talking about it, Manning said,
“Oh, yeah. Now I just brush my teeth, you know, really good, and show up. And it made me more aware of my dental hygiene. It’s really funny. Genuinely. I’m like, ‘You know what, I’m going to brush a little longer today, and floss every day.’ It’s been a good influence.”
We’re sure she’s glad her teeth went unaltered in the other film we have of her, Jack and Jill Vs. The World. The movie only scored 25% on RottenTomatoes, but we’re sure it was still better than the awful Adam Sandler Jack and Jill!
1. Mariah Carey – Precious And Touch My Body
Mariah Carey is not necessarily known for her acting abilities, so perhaps you aren’t shocked that you may not initially recognize her in the above photo which features her in the movie Precious.
“A lot of people say they don’t recognize me in the film. They don’t know it’s me and, to me, that was a great gift that [Lee] gave me to be able to really go that far away from who I am,” said Carey when talking about the physical transformation for the movie.
She looks especially unrecognizable in comparison to how sexy she’s looking in the photo on the right which is from her music video for the song “Touch my body”. The song was a single off of her 11th album and we’re sure you didn’t mind that she elected to create a video for it.