In Hollywood, you aren’t going to be able to have a career as an actress for very long before you are at least offered a role that involves some nudity. In fact, for some of the roles on our list, they definitely required a heck of a lot more than just dropping their clothes in front of the camera.
Many actresses like Elizabeth Olsen knew they would love acting in their birthday suit, Scarlett Johansson loved the role and Dakota Johnson wasn’t exactly going to get the lead in 50 Shades of Grey and get to act in her onesie. Not only that, but these are 3 of our women that felt respected by how their on-screen nudity was handled (which also means you may expect more in the future!).
That’s sadly not the case for every woman in Hollywood though, as we also flip the coin and talk about 8 women that aren’t going to be showing off their birthday suit (again) anytime soon. Whether it was the awkward feeling on-set created like Blake Lively or Amanda Seyfried felt, the 6+ hours of intercourse acting that caused a rift with Lea Seydoux or situations like Sarah Silverman who said she felt violated.
We have quotes from literally every single woman on our list, allowing them to put in their own words just why they loved (or hated) acting in their birthday suit.
16. Loved – Amy Adams: American Hustle
Amy Adams looks absolutely lovely in the movie Enchanted, but you can imagine Disney would never cast her in nearly anything as raunchy as movies like American Hustle in which Adams lets her clothes drop to the floor.
While Adams may have looked comfortable and relaxed in the scene, it could be because she was tipsy!
“I might have had a gin and tonic actually before that scene,” she said in a past interview.
Adams was comfortable with the scene, but she also admitted that she did not get the heads up that the scene was coming like most actresses receive,
“David threw that at me last minute, too. He didn’t give me time to think about it at all. It was the night before, so I got a text or I might have woken up in the morning, saying, ‘I think your character might have been a stripper. I think we wanna shoot it.’ And it’s the first day of filming and it’s the end of the day, so I said, ‘Well, as long as you let me look at the scene, I’ll do it.’ And he did.”
15. Hated – Vanessa Hudgens: Spring Breakers
When Vanessa Hudgens was asked how she felt with all the raunchy and explicit scenes that went on in Spring Breakers, she responded,
“It was very nerve-wracking for me. I told my agent I never want to ever do it again.”
You can understand why she was so nervous when you learn of some of the steamier details of the movie, including a three-way with James Franco and Ashley Benson, saying “The thing I was most scared of was the sex scene and the nudity issue behind all of it, because I was not down to show this [gestures to chest].”
Hudgens did admit that she felt safe during the filming and in control, including the ability to cut certain scenes/shots, but it still wasn’t enough for her to say she’d do it again!
14. Loved – Charlize Theron: 2 Days In The Valley
Charlize Theron may have plenty of roles in which her clothes hit the floor, but she also has roles in which she can kick some ass so you better watch your mouth around her!
When talking about knocking boots on-set and the role nudity plays, Theron was frank in her acceptance,
“It depends on who you’re doing the sex scene with. I don’t have issues being naked. That sounds very slutty … What I mean is, I’m not hung up on my body, and I’ve been lucky to work with people I’ve been really comfortable with.”
While Theron does go full frontal in the movie 2 Days In The Valley, The Devil’s Advocate, and Reindeer Games most prominently, she also admitted in a past interview that she prefers being naked and showing off some side boob!
13. Hated – Amanda Seyfried: Chloe
Amanda Seyfried has had her fair share of nude roles, including some that cause her to get up close and personal with Megan Fox in Jennifer’s Body and Julianne Moore for Chloe. But when Seyfried was asked about how she felt filming the scenes for Chloe, she responded,
“It was so … awkward. And you can never destroy that awkwardness; it’s always going to be there — even when you’re with somebody for the first time in real life. It’s just strange.”
With a reaction like that, you can only hope they filmed the love making scenes towards the end of the movie!
12. Loved – Scarlett Johansson: Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson showed the entire world her birthday suit when her privacy was violated in a previous scandal and photos were leaked from her phone. You can imagine she had far more control when she took it all off for Under The Skin.
“The nudity is written into the script and I hope the audience agrees that it’s, you know, it’s not really indulging. It actually allowed me to realize and explore what kind of judgments I had about myself because I had to abandon those and really see myself as blank sort of slate and it was an interesting exercise for sure,” said Johansson in a past interview.
She did admit however to still feeling a bit self-conscious, after all, you are naked in front of an entire cast and crew!
11. Hated – Blake Lively: The Town
Blake Lively is one of the most beautiful girls in Hollywood, just be careful with how complimentary you get towards her or she’ll send her husband Ryan Reynolds to slice you down! Both of them are aware that filming love scenes is just part of the job, but while some actresses find it empowering and sexy, Lively may share your sentiment
“The sex scene was really awkward. It was my first day… so I guess it was good to break the ice,” she said in a past interview when asked about The Town.
Lively may have been able to stay clothed for the scene, but it’s still one of the raunchier scenes of her career so you can’t blame her for feeling uncomfortable. Lively also acts in her birthday suit, but strategically covers her private areas in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and participates in a vigorous lovemaking session in Savages.
10. Loved – Maggie Gyllenhaal: Secretary
Let’s be honest, you weren’t going to be able to get cast in the role that Maggie did for Secretary and not engage in some serious hanky panky. Though despite the role dealing heavily with S&M, the producers admitted that Maggie was clueless in her knowledge of this style of “knocking boots”.
When talking about her motivation for the role, Gyllenhaal said “I see this as two people who are in love with each other, and this is the way they express it. The whole point of the end is that you see her power so much.”
Gyllenhaal did admit that she broke down after one scene in which the spanking became a little too aggressive, but did admit that James Spader (her co-star) was a wonderful source of support once she got her composure.
Gyllenhaal was also comfortable showing off plenty of skin in the movie Sherrybaby.
9. Hated – Lea Seydoux: Blue is the Warmest Color
There are some seriously raunchy things that go down in the movie Blue is the Warmest Colour, much of which involves a girl-girl relationship that includes Lea Seydoux.
With a role that involves as much nudity and graphic sex scenes, you may find it incredibly disheartening to hear that Seydoux was furious with her experience,
“Yes. Of course it was kind of humiliating sometimes, I was feeling like a prostitute. Of course, he uses that sometimes. He was using three cameras, and when you have to fake [your sexual peak] for six hours… I can’t say that it was nothing. But for me, it is more difficult to show my feelings than my body.”
Call me crazy, but you definitely never want to hear your lead actress describe the experience as feeling like a prostitute.
8. Loved – Dakota Johnson: Fifty Shades of Grey
Well, when Dakota Johnson got hired to be the lead in 50 Shades of Grey, there was little getting around the fact that there was going to be some intense nudity. For Johnson, she elaborated on just how awkward some of the situations got,
“It’s stressful enough to be tied to a bed naked in a scene. But then they call cut, and you’re still tied to the bed, naked,” you can imagine if there was a blindfold involved in the scene in any way that it would only make things all the more awkward.
Don’t expect Johnson to stop showing off her body anytime soon though, saying in a past interview,
“Maybe I have a European mindset about these things. I don’t want to see someone wearing a bra and underwear in a sex scene. Let’s be honest about it. People are naked when they f**k.”
7. Hated – Michelle Williams: Blue Valentine
Michelle Williams was outstanding in the movie Blue Valentine, including getting nominated for a Best Supporting Actress and her relationship in the movie with Ryan Gosling seemed to even translate off-screen.
But when talking about filming the lovemaking scenes, Williams divulged some private details from behind the scenes,
“We shot the beginning of our relationship first, and it was fun and alive. Then we did the sex scenes and it was … toxic. Ryan and I had stopped relating to each other as Ryan and Michelle. Those scenes took forever. I had a long drive from set to home each night, and I would roll down all the windows and turn up the music as loud as I could and hang my head out the window like a dog and scream. It was my escape.”
When you consider Williams has suffered some serious tragedy in her life, including being the partner at the time of the late Heath Ledger, you can understand that she probably has a few techniques to help her escape.
6. Loved – Nicole Kidman: Hemingway and Gellhorn
Nicole Kidman spends a large portion of Eyes Wide Shut with her clothes on (so I bet you watched with eyes wide open eh?), but when talking about her love and comfort with on-screen nudity she described the movie Hemingway and Gellhorn,
“The sex was very important in that relationship because that’s the way she cuts Hemingway off. I kept asking Phil Kaufman, the director, ‘Is all this sex important for the story?’ I wanted to make sure he wasn’t just getting off. But these were two people who could make love when a building was falling down around them. They had passion.”
We’re sure you would agree that she brought plenty of passion to the screen!
5. Hated – Sarah Silverman: I Smile Back
Sarah Silverman may do a great job of making you laugh on a regular basis, but there is nothing funny about the experience she had while filming a scene,
“He is completely naked except for not even the thickness of a sock. I can completely feel his [excitement]. He’s not even a real actor, he’s an extra. And he’s smashing me and f—ing the s–t out of me in the scene. I did [put on panties] but you couldn’t see. It felt very violating… It’s not rape but it was kind of a wake-up call.”
The fact that it was an extra makes the situation all the more horrifying as it is clear that the studio failed to communicate about respect and boundaries. No wonder it was a wake-up call for her!
While Silverman did not specify which role it was, her most graphic (that also included an aggressive sex scene) was the movie I Smile Back.
4. Loved – Elizabeth Olsen: Martha Marcy May Marlene
“I remember watching Holy Smoke and thinking that it was so reassuring to see a young Kate doing something that was so bold in so many ways. I thought to myself, ‘OK, so it doesn’t destroy your career if you appear nude or take risks,” said Olsen when she was asked on why she elected to pose in the buff.
Despite you probably being a huge fan, she also said that sentiment was not exactly shared by her friends and family,
“Not everyone in my family and group of friends thought it was the best idea to be naked in a movie. There are actresses, young and old, who have decided never to do that, and they become these examples people talk to you about.”
Olsen also made sure to note that she never felt pressured to hang out in her birthday suit for a role. Her most prominent birthday suit acting came in the movie Martha Marcy May Marlene that also included some group loving.
3. Hated – Jemima Kirke: Girls
You need to admit that one of the hardest things for you to act out on screen is how you sound and look when you’re at your…”peak excitement level” with your partner. But for Jemima Kirke who was on the show Girls, that was a skill she absolutely had to bring to the table.
“They are mortifying. You’ve got hundreds of people watching … I’m doing a real [excitement scream]— not “real,” but the way I know it sounds in real life, because I don’t know how to fake it … That’s embarrassing,” said Kirke in a past interview.
I suppose one of the worst things about filming these scenes is also fearing that future reporters will ask creepy questions!
2. Loved – Sienna Miller: Factory Girl
When it comes to pet peeves with the movies, everyone has little things that bugs them. You can imagine this is definitely the case for people that work in the industry, and that is definitely the case for Sienna Miller.
You’ll be glad to hear that as long as the role calls for nudity, Miller will be just fine showing off her birthday suit,
“I also believe that there’s nothing worse than seeing a sex scene where someone’s got a T-shirt on because it’s unrealistic. So I think that if you’re going to do it, do it,” she said in a past interview.
Miller most prominently bares it all for the movie Factory Girl. When talking about that movie in particular Miller said, “[It] was relevant to the story in that it’s a movie about the 1960s, and sex and drugs and rock and roll were a big part of that.”
1. Hated – Olivia Coleman: Confetti
When Olivia Coleman was trying to make a name for herself as an actress, she elected to participate in the low budget movie Confetti. One of the big problems that can come with a lower budget film is that you run the risk of people who aren’t going to treat you with the respect you deserve.
This was definitely the case for Coleman, who described the film as, “the worst experience of [her life.” Coleman also admitted that the filmmakers lied to her about how much nudity was going to make the final cut of the movie.
While she said there were legal proceedings that were going to be filed against the studio, they never gained any serious traction as it was decided it was better to try and move on from the experience.