If there’s one thing hotter than a kinky love scene, it’s a scene that shows a luscious lady pleasuring herself on screen. Watching it can be part curiosity and part voyeurism, but it is always riveting.
From Kate Winslet in Titanic to Halle Berry in Swordfish, many actresses have bared their breasts in movies and TV, but only a handful of Hollywood actresses have taken it even further and touched themselves on screen. Although everybody does it at home, self pleasure is considered taboo in mainstream motion pictures. Yet, there’s a short list of actresses ready to defy convention and explore their wild side for everyone to see. Here are fifteen of the hottest actresses to self satisfy on screen.
15 Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes has an all too brief self-service scene in We Own the Night. A glammed-up Mendes is shot explicitly touching herself while lying on a couch watching TV. Joaquin Phoenix, who plays her boyfriend in the movie, walks in and sees her in ecstasy so he joins her. The two are interrupted when a friend knocks on the door. The scene is so pulse-pounding that the audience feels the frustration of the characters full-on. The rewind button certainly comes in handy with this Mendes movie.
14 Chyler Leigh
The act of female self-pleasure shows its funny side in Not Another Teen Movie. In the opening scene, Chyler Leigh plays a not-that-innocent teen who uses a pulsating toy while watching a Freddie Prinze movie. Her fun is interrupted when her dad and brother burst into the room to wish her a happy birthday, followed by her grandparents, her priest and the family dog. Leigh has gone on to star in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Super Girl, but this scene is probably the one she will be most remembered for.
13 Sharon Stone
Basic Instinct 2 bombed at the box office, so most people probably aren’t familiar with Sharon Stone getting her rocks off – in the opening scene, no less! The sultry blonde is filmed driving a sports car downtown. As she is speeding down the road, she touches below in a most unladylike way – and enjoys every second of it. Stone’s open sensuality paired with the thrill of a high-speed car ride heightens the excitement for the audience. The scene ends with Stone simultaneously reaching her O and crashing her car into a body of water. While nothing can beat the short skirt shot of Stone in the original Basic Instinct, this movie comes close. And Stone is a repeat offender, also servicing herself in a bath during the opening scenes of Sliver.
12 January Jones
January Jones has an unconventional self-pleasure scene in season one of Mad Men. In it, her character, Betty Draper, is shown at home doing laundry when the washing machine starts to act up and makes a lot of noise. She leans against it to try to steady it in an attempt to fix it, when she is suddenly taken over by its motions. When the spin cycle is over, it’s evident that Jones has finished by the look of bliss on her lips and the perspiration on her chest. Jones’ performance is worthy of a Golden Globe as she is so convincing with her body language during the scene.
11 Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Plaza gathered a big following after the release of the comedy The To Do List. Plaza plays a smart but socially awkward teen who decides she is sensually inexperienced and makes an unconventional to-do list: it’s a list of all the arousing experiences she wants to have, including the solo treatment. She is shown touching below in a T-shirt and underwear. What makes this scene stand out from the rest is that it shows the awkward side of self-love, as Plaza’s character isn’t sure what to do at first. Of course, she quickly becomes handy at it – pun intended!
10 Kim Cattrall
The camera on Sex and the City was always filming the gals talking about love or making love with their latest conquests. But a season two episode showed Kim Cattrall’s character, Samantha, getting it on all by herself. She is turned-on when she hears her next door neighbors getting busy, and doesn’t want to be left out of the party. The audience gets to see Cattrall writhing around, and the sounds she makes are enough to get anyone in the mood.
9 Allison Williams
In season one of the HBO hit Girls, Allison Williams gets so hot at a party that she runs into the bathroom, pulls up her dress, pulls down her pantyhose, and starts bringing herself into ecstasy. This happens after a yuppie artist by the name of Booth Jonathan taunts her, telling her that she will be a little scared when the two of them eventually make love, because, “I’m a man. And I know how to do things.” The scene caused quite a buzz in the media, especially after Williams described her rehearsal process with Lena Dunham.
8 Naomi Watts
A young Naomi Watts gave a haunting self-love scene in David Lynch’s cult classic Mullholland Drive. The film is famous for the gay love scenes between Watts and Laura Elena Harring, but Watts’s self-pleasure scene is worth viewing. Though often considered very sensual, the scene also speaks to the character’s frustrations in life as she is unable to find satisfaction while playing below (and in life in general). An interesting movie factoid is that Watts cried for real in the scene, even though the director didn’t ask for it, because she was anxious about performing the personal act on camera.
7 Jemima Kirke
Another top notch episode from the HBO series Girls features a female solo-love scene. In season five, the tension heats up between Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Adam (Adam Driver). Jessa tells Adam that the two of them can’t be together because they would destroy one another. Adam hints that maybe they could be together, but not touching. The next scene shows the two of them sitting on opposite ends of the couch, each engaging in some self-satisfaction. Kirke gives a believable performance of the act, leaving the audience hot as well as bothered.
6 Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss also has a self-pleasure scene in Mad Men – in fact, it’s in the same episode as January Jones’! In it, Moss’s character Peggy is assigned to the campaign of a new weight loss product, the “Electrosizer.” When she tries it out, she realizes that it’s actually a pair of vibrating underwear. She struggles to explain this to the men at the ad agency, and only Don Draper understands what she’s getting at. He states bluntly, “It does the work of a man.” Later on the episode shows Peggy slowly reaching for the product while she’s in bed. Clearly she isn’t just using it for research any more. Moss’s portrayal is at once delicate and sensual.
5 Kristin Davis
Kristin Davis, playing the usually demure Charlotte in Sex and the City, gives male and female audiences alike a self-pleasure scene to remember. In it, she tries to entice her man by modeling a lacy piece of lingerie, then removing it to show off her sexy lady bits. The camera shows just enough to be titillating - capturing her breasts, toned stomach, and busy fingers moving up and down. She tells her husband, “I’m not a Madonna and I’m not a ho.” Most men prefer Samantha on the show – but after watching this scene, it’s certain men will also have a thing for Charlotte, too.
4 Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman does the deed all by herself in the movie Black Swan. It’s especially erotic given that the actress is shown getting down and dirty - first on her back, then side, then stomach. Adding an interesting layer to the scene is the backdrop of her innocent-looking room, complete with pink walls and stuffed animals. This depiction (and the one between Portman and Mila Kunis coupling) are reasons enough to change Portman’s image from that of an ice queen to a sensuality goddess.
3 Kim Basinger
9 ½ Weeks is well known for its passionate kitchen scene between Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. An underrated scene from the movie is the sequence of Basinger pleasuring herself. It’s a perfect marriage between film-noir and 80's chic. And it has many elements of surprise, including Basinger’s jet black garter belt and her dead-on look into the camera during the deed. Her pouty red lips and come-hither stare forever cement her as a bedroom icon.
2 Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan became a household name in American Pie when she talked about that, “One time at band camp…” In American Reunion, audiences finally got to see her going at it all by her lonesome. The scene starts with her in a bubble bath, and it looks ordinary enough – until she starts sighing and rocking back and forth. She’s having a great time of it until her husband bursts in, who is ably played by Jason Biggs, who also got a lot of press for his self-love scenes in the franchise. The funniest part is when Hannigan, being startled by the intrusion, throws the showerhead out of the bathtub and water spurts all over the bathroom!
1 Margot Robbie
Hollywood’s new “it girl,” Margot Robbie, skyrocketed to fame in The Wolf of Wall Street while starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is chock full of stimulating sex scenes, but the one that stands out the most is Robbie taunting DiCaprio as she plays with herself. She is the quintessential tease as she spreads her legs and reveals that she isn’t wearing any panties underneath her skintight mini dress. Then, Robbie proceeds to stroke herself. DiCaprio leans in for some action, but she kicks him away with her stiletto heels and proceeds to tease him some more. The scene is so memorable that the viewer even momentarily forgets about Robbie’s awful New York accent.