When you are watching an intimate scene on the big screen, especially a scene that involves some of your most desired actresses, you probably aren’t spending time thinking about if it’s really their body that has caught your attention.
We hate to burst your bubble, but as you’re about to find out on our list, some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood have deceived you with some of their most racy scenes. Below we have 15 actresses who have openly admitted to using a body double for their love scenes, and in some cases, we have quotes from the woman who was selected to play the body double.
Melissa Rauch, Jessica Alba, and Natalie Portman are only 3 of the gorgeous women below who have used some of their star power to allow their clothes to remain on. We’ve even included the case of Julia Roberts who not only used a double both when knocking boots in Pretty Woman but even used the same person on the poster!
You really can’t trust what you see in Hollywood, but with quotes from nearly every single woman (or the production company) on our list, you’ll be able to trust that this list is nothing but the truth; even if it will forever taint some of your favorite bedroom scenes!
15. Mila Kunis – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Mila Kunis would not have to appear naked in one of the scenes from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but there is the scene in the movie in which Peter (played by Jason Segel) needs to go and retrieve a picture of a topless Kunis flashing the camera. While there is some nudity involved, director Nicolas Stoller was quick to crush your dreams in a past interview saying,
“Well, Mila Kunis didn’t [appear naked]. That picture was created on the computer. I hope that doesn’t ruin a lot of people’s fantasies.”
14. Isla Fisher – Wedding Crashers
That was not the approach of Isla Fisher, who said in a past interview, “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 but that was my theory and that’s why I didn’t want to do it.”
While Fisher may regret that former opinion, one thing she can’t take back is the proof that for the movie Wedding Crashers she elected to use a body double.
While there is no nudity, Fisher is, however comfortable stripping down to a black bra in the movie Wedding Daze and goes one step further in Bachelorette when her character puts on a leopard corset.
13. Jessica Alba – Machete
Jessica Alba has been open in the past about her catholic upbringing and the influence it had on her deciding to never bare it all in a movie, saying,
“No, I’ll never do a nude scene. I can act sexy and wear sexy clothes but I can’t go naked. I think I was always very uncomfortable about the way my body developed, and I remember my grandmother would freak out and throw a towel over me if she saw me wearing just a bra and panties. I come from a very Catholic family so it wasn’t seen as a good thing to flaunt yourself like that. I can handle being sexy with clothes on but not with them off.”
One of her more racy roles came in Machete in which her character stands naked (but is filmed from the side) and while there is no explicit nudity; there is still plenty of skin that would make Alba uncomfortable.
12. Freida Pinto – Immortals
Freida Pinto was hoping to expand her career in a different direction when she appeared in the action movie Immortals and one way to move away from people thinking of you as the Slumdog Millionaire girl? Let the clothes hit the floor!
Pinto’s character did just this for Immortals, but it wasn’t Pinto doing the stripping. In fact, she wasn’t even asked!
“I wasn’t even asked to do the scene. The director said there would be a body double and that was it. He pretty much knew what he wanted, and he felt like he didn’t need me for the scene. The close-ups of the face were me, of course, but the whole stripping down scene was a body double,” said Pinto when talking about the scenes.
11. Keira Knightley – Domino
Keira Knightley may be used to plenty of CGI with her experience in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but there was no way they used any CGI using when her character gets all up close and personal with some male counterparts in Domino. What they did use however, was a body double.
“It’s definitely a body double, I don’t have that body. What a bum! I wish I had that bum…it was fantastic. I have this policy in films where I say, ‘You can have the top half but you can’t have the bottom half’, and it kind of works quite well,” said Knightley when she was talking about the situation in a past interview.
Knightley went on to explain one scene in particular in which her character gives a dance while wearing a thong, which was when she requested the double.
11. Natalie Portman – Your Highness
Natalie Portman understandably used a body double (or should we say “dancing double”) for several of the scenes in her critically acclaimed role Black Swan; in a past interview saying, “I do have a double for the complicated turning stuff. It was not anything I ever could have done in a year, nothing I could’ve caught up with. But I think it was just better for all of us if I did as much as possible.”
But don’t worry, we won’t burst your bubble as it was indeed both Kunis and Portman getting hot and heavy with each other in the movie.
Portman was a little less willing to show off some skin in Your Highness, and in a scene in which her character takes a dip into some cold water, Portman requested a double. The studio hired Caroline Davis to take the plunge, who in a past interview said,
10. Olivia Wilde – The Change-Up
There are a lot of things that you should be really happy that CGI has helped bring to this world, but one that you’d probably have rather they left the CGI on the cutting room floor comes from the movie The Change-Up. There is a rather raunchy scene in which Olivia Wilde‘s character gets all up close and personal with Ryan Reynolds and hangs out in her birthday suit.
Yet when Wilde was appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she divulged the truth about the scene, “I wasn’t actually naked, but now I appear naked. They CGI’d me naked.”
9. Anna Kendrick – Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates
Anna Kendrick is a hilarious actress and a pretty solid singer, but one area where she may not be quite as confident in is what she brings to the table in terms of backend action. Which may be why when her character is required to show her bare butt from behind, she elected to bring in a body double.
Kendrick talked about the experience to E!Online, saying,
“When you choose a butt double, they’re like, ‘Is there anything you want?’ As though they were going to scour the nation for the perfect ass you described and then they showed me three pictures and were like, ‘This is the only one that could be you. This is the only one that isn’t seven feet tall.'”
8. Julia Roberts – Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts is one of the biggest actresses of all time, but her big claim to fame may always be Pretty Woman, which earned over $450 million and also involved some booty bumping for her character (along with some racy lingerie). Yet while people may have commended Roberts’ acting, it wasn’t her body they were looking at in the scenes.
Instead, they went with the beautiful Shelley Michelle. In one of the more extreme cases on our list, it was reported that the company also used Michelle’s image on the poster and superimposed Roberts’ face on!
You also shouldn’t expect Roberts’ to bare it all anytime soon, as she said back in 2009,
“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 mum of three, I feel like that.”
7. Melissa Rauch – The Bronze
Melissa Rauch may be keeping the lab coat close to her body in The Big Bang Theory, but that didn’t stop her clothing from hitting the floor in The Bronze. In fact, not only does Rauch bare it all, but her character even elects to do some pretty impressive acrobatic moves (like standing on her head and completely spreading her legs!). Yet perhaps the insane level of athleticism was one of the signs that gave away that it wasn’t Rauch in the scene.
Rauch talked about her body double in a past interview, including,
“I remember staring at her like a creepy old dude wishing that she could body-double for me in every moment of life. At one point, I was like, ‘Do you want a robe?’ and she said, ‘I’m good, you’re gonna see everything anyway.’ And she was literally sitting there legs open, eating a sandwich.”
6. Mila Kunis – Friends With Benefits
Mila Kunis had to know that there were going to be some bedroom scenes when she signed on for her role in Friends with Benefits, which may be why she made sure to make it clear to the director that she wanted a body double for some scenes; most prominently one in which her character would be bare booty.
“These lovely women had to show us their derrieres and the chosen one resembled my body the most without looking like it’s fake,” said Kunis when talking about the screening process of finding the double.
Kunis went on to talk more about her comfortability with on-screen nudity saying,
“I showed side boob and I figured I can’t just give away everything all at once… I gotta let it all out in little pieces here and there.”
5. Jessica Biel – London
Jessica Biel elects to take to the stripper stage for a role in the movie Powder Blue and does not leave anything to the imagination. When talking about the role, Biel said, “I wasn’t so scarred by the experience that I wouldn’t do it again. If a director I trusted came to me with an amazing opportunity and it felt organic, I would do it.”
Yet when she was chosen to appear in the movie London, it was Vanesa Motta whose derriere was the one that Biel elected to have represent her on-set.
Motta to her own credit is an accomplished stunt double in Hollywood, including working on Jurassic World, Furious 7 and Logan. We suppose being in good enough shape to be a stunt double would leave you with a pretty toned looking body!
4. Meryl Streep AND Isabella Rossellini – Death Becomes Her
Meryl Streep and Isabella Rossellini shared the same body double in Robert Zemeckis’ 1992 Oscar-nominated (that’s right) Death Becomes Her. And it was that of London-born, JAG and Army Wives actress Catherine Bell.
You know you have to be feeling pretty confident as a beautiful woman if you got called in to be a body double for not just one, but two actresses on the same movie! In 1992 the movie Death Becomes Her features a scene with Isabella Rossellini taking a naked walk that is filmed from behind. Rossellini elected to go with Catherine Bell as her model.
When Meryl Streep also requested that a body double be used for one of her scenes, the studio elected to use Bell again!
3. Amy Smart – Crank
Arguably the most unique love scene on our list comes from the 2006 movie
Crank, in which Jason Statham plays a character who constantly needs to keep his adrenaline pumping or he runs the chance of dying. On one fateful day, the only thing he could think of was to have ravenous sex with Amy Smart‘s character in the middle of a crowded street.
Laura Grady who was Smart’s body double has talked about the experience in a past interview,
“My most fun moment on set was Crank. Jason Statham made me feel so comfortable. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but I remember telling my husband later — something so charming, like, ‘Don’t worry about it, I got ya, love.’ He didn’t make me feel stupid or naked.”
Grady went on to say, “And I had to be completely topless, and it was this crazy scene outside with all these background actors. But I was like, ‘This is not a bad day. I’m taking my clothes off for Jason Statham. I’ll be okay today.'”
2. Lena Headey – Game Of Thrones
It is hard to argue with the fact that Lena Headey is comfortable being naked on the big screen. After all, not only has the actress stripped down for Game of Thrones, but she has also bared it all on the big screen in movies such as 300.
Yet when it came to her characters infamous “walk of shame” from the show, it wasn’t Headey who elected to take the walk in her birthday suit.
When talking about the decision, Headey said, “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. So yeah, people that get it thought it was great. I didn’t phone it in; I was actually there for three days with Rebecca [her body double].”
1. Helena Bonham Carter – Fight Club
Fight Club is a tremendous movie that when you think about, you probably aren’t immediately drawn to the sex scene that involves Helena Bonham Carter (though we bet you remember the line “I haven’t been f-cked like that since grade school”!). While Carter has bared it all on several occasions, for this movie the studio elected to go with the body double Laura Grady for the role.
When talking about filming the scenes, Grady said,
“Fight Club was my favorite by far. It was just incredible. There was so much work on that set; it was literally two weeks of just these scenes in bed! You cannot be shy. There was also a body double for Brad Pitt, so we spent two weeks with David Fincher on a set and green-screen, just reenacting all of those sex scenes.”