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.
Portman also used Caroline Davis as a body double in another film. Davis was a film student at the time and had to dive into a freezing lake in Belfast in a g-string for the film Your Highness (the task was too much for Portman). Davis was paid $500 to do it. All we can say is that no one is complaining about the g-string.
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.”
Headey went on to explain her reasons for not doing the scene and it had nothing to do with being against nudity. Headey said, “I know I’m a very emotional actor and I get really driven by that. In order to do my job, I allow myself to be really vulnerable. I don’t know any other way to do my job. Things really affect me. And the thought of being naked for three days and trying to contain her in the way she would be I think I would feel very angry. I didn’t want to be angry. I don’t think Cersei would be angry.” In any case, Van Cleave gives Headey a run for her money (no pun intended).
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.
Hensley most recently did some stunts for Jason Bourne. She also has other impressive credits to her name, including stunt work in Terminator 3. As a martial artist, she has quite the body and was rated as one of Muscle and Fitness magazine’s ‘20 Most Fit Woman of All-Time.’
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.”
Clarke didn’t just double for Mrs. Smith in 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, though. She also has been the body double for Kate Beckinsale in Vacancy. Clearly, she is a force to be reckoned with; Vanity Fair even said that she has one of the best bodies in L.A. Clark is also an actress herself, as well as a screenwriter and poet (if that wasn’t enough), although, according to her, her role as Angelina Jolie's body double as overshadowed that, at least slightly.
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.
When interviewed by Maxim, Moneymaker said that body type, size and height are the most important elements when it comes to being cast as a body double. However, Moneymaker did once have to have her hips made to look larger to more closely resemble the actress she was doubling for at the time. In any case, if your job is to stand in for Scarlett Johansson in a major Hollywood blockbuster, you know you're pretty hot stuff.
10 Alicia Vela-Bailey: Gal Gadot & Jennifer Lawrence
If ever there was a body/stunt double to reach professional heights, Alicia Vela-Bailey might just be it. She has even been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture. Vela-Bailey is basically the body double of all body doubles, standing in for the likes of Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman), Jennifer Lawrence (X Men: First Class), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Anne Hathaway (Interstellar), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Charlize Theron (Brandon Flowers: Crossfire) and Shailene Woodly (Divergent). She is a big deal. She is also credited with stunt work in other big blockbusters like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, as well as very popular TV shows like The Office and New Girl. She is now making an acting career for herself and already has the role of Alisha Whitley on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to her name. We expect to see a lot more of Vela-Bailey.
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.
Another point of interest is that it has since been revealed that in the film’s now classic movie poster wherein Julia Roberts dons a black skirt, a pink crop top, knee high boots and is leggy for days, that it wasn’t actually Roberts' body. It was all Shelley Michelle. Interestingly, the studio actually denied that they had used a body double at all, although they eventually did end up admitting to it. Michelle has spoken about the deception that goes on and how many actors are not allowed to disclose what movies they are body doubles for.
8 Leilani Munter: Catherine Zeta-Jones
You might recognize the name Leilani Munter, particularly if you are into car racing. That’s because - you guessed it - Munter is a race car driver, driving in the ARCA Racing Series, as well as Firestone Indy Lights. In fact, she has been touted as one of the top female race car drivers in the world, according to Sports Illustrated. Of course, her career as a race car driver has nothing to do with her spot on this list. Munter has a bizarre career trajectory indeed. Beyond race car driving, she has also doubled for Catherine Zeta-Jones in both 2001’s America’s Sweethearts and 2000’s Traffic. But that is not all. Munter is both an environmental activist and animal activist, where she protests, speaks, raises funds and drives race cars with animal themes in order to draw attention to dolphin captivity and orca whales at Seaworld. Is there anything hotter?
7 Tara Macken: Jessica Alba & Aubrey Plaza
Half-Filipina and half Irish, the very unique looking Tara Macken has an impressive 58 stunt credits to her name and has even been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture for her role in 2015’s Furious Seven. Macken has stepped in for a number of actresses, including Cara Delevingne in this summer’s big blockbuster, Suicide Squad. Earlier this year, Macken also stepped in for Jessica Alba in Mechanic Resurrection. Before that, she doubled for Aubrey Plaza (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Life After Beth), Eva Longoria (Telenova), Olivia Munn (Mortdecai) and Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy). She has also done stunt work in Iron Man 3 and The Hunger Games. And if that wasn't enough, Macken also has a number of acting credits, including her role as Hydra Mercenary in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We expect to see a lot more of Macken in the future.
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.
Allow us to move onto Gray’s more “serious” work. He has appeared alongside Blake Lively in Age of Adaline and most recently, he starred in 2015’s The Blackcoat’s Daughter with Emma Roberts. He also has some stunt credits to his name. It remains to be seen whether Mr. Gray will bury his head in the sand again when the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel comes out in 2017.
5 Rachel Kylian: Gabrielle Union
Natural beauty Rachel Kylian’s notable role as a body double was for that of Gabrielle Union’s body on Being Mary Jane. She has also been a part of big name blockbusters like 2015’s Jurassic World. That said, Kylian is more than just a body double. Indeed, a lot of body doubles do want to make it big in Hollywood as actors and actresses; that seems to be the case for Kylian, who has already landed a few small roles in TV and film. In fact, Kylian is now in the middle of filming three films at the moment, one of which is Almost Christmas, to be released in November. She will star alongside big name actors including Gabrielle Union and Danny Glover. As we’ve discussed, Kylian is not just a body double: she is also a model and dancer. We don’t know much about Kylian yet, but that could change in the near future.
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.
Jo has also performed many stunts on behalf of Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, as well as in other Hollywood films like 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World and 2013’s Man of Steel, where she also had an acting role. In other words, Samantha Jo is not just a stunt performer. She is on her way to making it big in Hollywood. Next up, she will take on the role of Euboea in the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman, to be released next year.
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.
Of course, the movie set wasn’t new to Monica, as she is also an actress and dancer, in Spain. She also previously acted in the English film The Final Inquiry, in 2006. So, sibling wars? Not quite. Monica insists that there was never any rivalry between the two sisters, even though they went on to have the same careers.
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.
Goodman will be reprising her role as herself in the fifth season of Ex on the Beach, which will premiere on August 16th, 2016. A quick scan of the Internet brings up many “Chloe Goodman flashes her VERY perky derriere” type of articles, so you might also want to follow her on Instagram if you’re into that kind of stuff.
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.