Keeping up the Hollywood illusion of perfection, we bring to you our long line of body doubles, the big screen’s equivalent of airbrushing. The job description may only include having a leg, or wrist, in a given shot. Of course, most people think of body doubles as standing in during a nude or sex scene, and this is the case as well.
Sometimes, the job requirement is only that your body fits the exact measurements that the casting director is looking for: for example, that you are 5’7, 114 pounds and have olive skin. Not surprisingly, it is typically women who have the most body doubles. It is also not uncommon for many of them to then be ridiculed because they chose not to do a nude scene. Such was the case for several members of the Game of Thrones cast.
We have also included some stunt performers on this list, who are actually different from body doubles in that they don’t perform any stunts. Both body doubles and stunt performers, however, have to adhere to strict diet and fitness routines in order to stay in as tip top shape as possible. Needless to say, some of them are arguably even hotter than the beautiful actresses they double for on screen. Take a look for yourselves.
15 Caroline Davis: Natalie Portman
Historically, Natalie Portman's body doubles/stunt performers have gotten her into a lot of hot water with the public. That was certainly the case when it was revealed that Portman had a body double/stunt performer do all of the dancing in the critically acclaimed film Black Swan. According to the body double, whose name is Sarah Lane, Portman hardly did any of the full-body dance shots and even went so far as to say that the film producers were lying about Portman’s dancing in the film and that they should be honest about it. She clarified: "I've been doing this for 22 years, and to say that someone trained for a year and a half and did what I did is degrading not only to me but to the entire ballet world," she said.
14 Rebecca Van Cleave: Lena Headey
In one of the most famous scenes in Game of Thrones history, Cersei Lannister is forced to walk entirely naked through King’s Landing to pay for her sins. While Lena Headey is certainly not new to baring it all (she famously bared her breasts in the film 300), she elected to have a body double, Rebecca Van Cleave, for this particular scene. Headey did comment on the matter, saying, “some people thought I was less of an actress because I didn’t get my t*ts out”, and that the public reaction was “shocking.”
13 Alisa Hensley: Charlize Theron & Nicole Kidman
Professional stuntwoman and female terminator, Alisa Hensley, has served as the body double for quite a few Hollywood leading ladies, including Charlize Theron (A Million Ways to Die in the West), Nicole Kidman (The Secret In Their Eyes) and Cameron Diaz (Charlie’s Angels 2). Theron actually refused to do any more stunt work after an injury on the set of Aeon Flux almost left her nearly paralyzed. She was doing a bunch of back flips when she landed on her neck. They even had to stop filming for two months. Theron stressed that she would not be doing any more stunt work for Mad Max as well.
12 Kate Clarke: Angelina Jolie
You know you must be hot stuff if you have been cast as the body double of one of the most beautiful women on the planet, Angelina Jolie. Kate Clarke landed the role over 25 other women, too. Clarke revealed interesting details about the awkwardness of auditioning to be a body double and how closely they observe you. She said, “They look at details like jawline, hairline, hands, legs. They also have you try on clothes to see how they fit.”
11 Heidi Moneymaker: Scarlett Johansson
You’re going to be pretty hard-pressed to find someone who can rival Scarlett Johansson in the looks and body department, but Heidi Moneymaker looks great for someone of nearly 40 years of age, which is probably why she was chosen to fill in for Scarlett Johansson in the very popular Captain America: Civil War, as well as all of the other Avengers films. Moneymaker currently has a total of 72 stunt credits to her name, including stunt work for The Hunger Games as well as Star Trek, to name but a few. Moneymaker has also stepped in for Amanda Seyfried as well.
10 Alicia Vela-Bailey: Gal Gadot & Jennifer Lawrence
9 Shelley Michelle: Julia Roberts & Sandra Bullock
Shelley Michelle has been dubbed as the queen of body doubles. Rightfully so, as she has been in the business for a very long time. To date, Michelle has doubled for over 85 Hollywood actresses, including Sandra Bullock. She is perhaps most recognized for body doubling for Julia Roberts in the iconic Pretty Woman, where movie-goers everywhere were privy to the wonder that is Michelle’s body. After all, she does have her legs insured for one million dollars.
8 Leilani Munter: Catherine Zeta-Jones
7 Tara Macken: Jessica Alba & Aubrey Plaza
6 Peter James Gray: Jamie Dornan
For once, we thought we would level out the playing field by including just one male actor, although he would probably not approve of us doing so given his embarrassment over this particular role. Meet Mr. Peter James Gray. He once body doubled for Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) in the highly controversial and yet wildly successful Fifty Shades of Grey. Indeed, Gray is embarrassed to be associated with the film because, according to his spokesperson, "he’s pursuing a serious acting career.” He may not have planned to have his bottom spanked by Dakota Johnson or engage in other erotic scenes, but, sorry Gray, just come clean. Of course, Jamie Dornan wasn’t the only one in the film to have a body double. Johnson also had a “bottom” double because she happens to have a tattoo in the said area, which was at odds with the innocence of her character.
5 Rachel Kylian: Gabrielle Union
4 Samantha Jo: Eva Green
This small town Canadian girl’s career is taking off. One of the most notable achievements of raven-haired beauty, Samantha Jo, is doing the stunt work on behalf of Eva Green (she’s the French actress known for her roles in 2006’s Casino Royale and in 300: Rise of an Empire). Jo accomplished this by becoming one of the top martial artists in the world and even making it to the Olympics.
3 Monica Cruz: Penelope Cruz
You might notice a striking resemblance between Monica Cruz and Penelope Cruz. Indeed, the two share a bloodline. Penelope Cruz was pregnant during the filming of 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean 4, so she had her younger sister, Monica, who is essentially a clone of Penelope, act as a body double. Penelope also said that her younger sister is much more beautiful than her, so it made sense. Monica did any close-up shots of Cruz, as well as all of the action shots that involved sword fighting. Penelope, however, did do a couple of months of filming.
2 Chloe Goodman: Cameron Diaz
While Cameron Diaz is hot in her own right, some might say Chloe Goodman is even hotter. You can be the judge. Goodman stepped in for Cameron Diaz (who is basically known for her body) in 2013’s The Counsellor. Specifically, she was Diaz’s bum double. The 22-year-old model has also appeared on various reality TV shows, including the first season of MTV’s Ex on the Beach, and most recently Celebrity Big Brother. She also stepped in for Cheryl Fernandez-Versini during a L’Oreal advertisement.
1 Rosie Mac: Emilia Clarke
It seems almost unfathomable to think that anyone could top the beauty of Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, otherwise known as Daenerys Targaryen. 19-year-old Rosie Mac, however, who gained international fame when it was announced that she would be Clark’s body double in the fifth season of Game of Thrones, is quite the match. Mac is a natural brunette just like Clarke, and when she wears the blonde wig for the role, the two look nearly identical in a very eerie kind of way.
When Clarke announced that her fiery nude scene in the most recent season of Game of Thrones was all her, Mac was left without a job, much to the dismay of her new fans. But, don’t worry just yet. Mac is now going to star in the reboot of The Little Mermaid, which will be released by the end of this year. You can also catch her on her Instagram account, where she is prone to posting many pictures of her bodacious bod, toned abs and all.
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