18 Actresses Who Won't Strip Down for the Camera

While stars like Lena Dunham and Cara DeLevingne are fighting to #FreeTheNipple, other Hollywood celebs such as Blake Lively are defending their right to take a stand against what they deem to be needless nudity in film and television. Some powerful stars, such as Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker, have routinely negotiated no-nudity clauses into their contracts. Others have turned down potential projects when directors or producers refused to accommodate their wish for on-screen modesty. 

Some of these actresses have a moral objection to on-screen nudity, while others feel risqué scenes distract viewers, drawing attention away from their performances. In some cases it's simply a personal comfort issue. Whatever the reason behind their refusal to strip down for the camera, these actresses are defending their right to make choices about how much of their own bodies they want to share with the world.


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  • Allison Williams

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    Fans of HBO's Girls have seen Allison Williams's beautiful control-freak character Marnie Michaels in quite a few compromising positions — whether she was masturbating behind a closed door at a house party or having her salad tossed. But the actress has never gone fully naked for any of these sexual romps — and doesn't intend to do so. In fact, Allison Williams has a firm no-nudity clause in her contract. "The sex and nudity are all supposed to remind you of the worst moments you've had sexually, or the most uncomfortable stories you've heard, and that's what people are reacting to — it's not the naked body," Williams told the Huffington Post in January 2013. "The newness is in the way the nudity is depicted, floating in and out of an episode like it's nothing. It's not the big crescendo of a film or the centerpiece of the scene. It's just sort of an asterisk."

  • Sarah Jessica Parker

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    She may have headlined a series that focused on the sexual exploits of single thirty-something women in NYC, but even when filming steamy bedroom scenes, Sarah Jessica Parker never showed her naughty bits. "Before I even started filming Sex and the City, I had a 'no nudity' clause inserted in my contract," SJP told the UK's Sun in 2010. "By then, I felt no sense of guilt. I knew that I would not feel comfortable with nudity. I was thrilled that the other cast members could accept it. I was not being judgmental. It was just how I felt." She certainly proved that even a risqué show could be a hit without the lead character baring all!

  • Anna Kendrick

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    Actress Anna Kendrick vowed not to loosen any buttons or slip off her undergarments as she transitioned from Twilight sweetheart to versatile and adult Hollywood actress. When, in July 2010, a London Telegraph reporter asked whether she'd go nude as part of her evolution, Kendrick replied, "Emphatically no. I will not do that." Six years later, she's stayed true to her words: For the raunchy comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Anna Kendrick used a butt double.

  • Jessica Alba

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    Jessica Alba insists on including a no-nudity clause in all of her film contracts, and her reason is as pragmatic as they come! "I don't want my grandparents to see my boobs," the Sin City star said in Glamour's June 2014 issue." It would be weird at Christmas," she joked. Imagine if abuelita started gifting her bras for the holidays as a not-so-subtle hint! 

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  • Mila Kunis

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    When it comes to nudity on film, Mila Kunis believes in keeping a little something to the imagination. Though there were a handful of quasi-revealing shots in her rom-com Friends With Benefits, Kunis's skin-baring choices were rather strategic. "I showed side boob," she told Allure in February 2013. "I don't need to show ass. You get one or the other. You don't get both.” Got it? You can't have your cake and eat it too!

  • Blake Lively

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    Though Blake Lively has filmed some moan-filled, ardent, suggestive scenes for Gossip Girl and Oliver Stone's Savages, none of them involved any full-on nudity. The actress says she finds that nudity can draw viewers' focus away from a film's narrative. "When I see nudity in movies, I am always distracted by it," Lively told the UK's Daily Mail in August 2012. "If I am watching a scene and someone has their boobs out, then that's all I'm looking at — I can't help it. I just don't think that will ever be right for me." During a steamy threesome scene in Savages, it was Lively's costars, Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson, who bared their bottoms on camera.

  • Emma Watson

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    If audiences want to keep associating Emma Watson with her Harry Potter character Hermione, the actress says so be it! "I'm not going to get my kit off or snort cocaine in a film, just to leave Hermione behind," Watson told London's Sunday Times magazine in November 2010. Watson says going nude to prove she's "grown up" just doesn't feel authentic. So far, she's stuck to her guns: For the nude scenes in the 2016 dark sex-abuse drama Regression, Watson hired a body double.

  • Julia Roberts

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    How does one manage to land a career-making role as a lovable prostitute without ever revealing one's lady bits? We'd have to ask Julia Roberts, who, after demanding a no-nudity clause in her contract, famously used a body double for Pretty Woman's friskiest scenes. "I wouldn't do nudity in films," Roberts has said. "To act with my clothes on is a performance. To act with my clothes off is a documentary."

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  • Rachel Bilson

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    After finishing her stint on The O.C., Rachel Bilson starred alongside Zach Braff in the romantic comedy One Last Kiss. In the process, Bilson made headlines for refusing to film any nude scenes. "The movie was rated R, and they like to put in nudity wherever they can, but I'm pretty strong-willed and believe it can be avoided," Bilson told People magazine of the experience. "Movies can be sexy or sexual without showing things." The following year, Bilson poked fun at her stance in a 2009 Funny or Die video parody, all the while showing the double-standard regarding male vs. female on-screen nudity.

  • Jennifer Garner

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    While her husband Ben Affleck went full frontal in Gone Girl, Jennifer Garner has no plans of following suit in her own birthday suit. While promoting her 2009 film The Invention of Lying, Garner said, "I will not be taking it all off!" She then modestly added, "The world deserves better. Not interested."

  • Ginnifer Goodwin

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    While starring as a sister wife in HBO's polygamy series Big Love, Ginnifer Goodwin negotiated a no-nudity clause into her contract so that any lovemaking scenes would remain modest. She even took a DIY approach to ensure her rules would be upheld. "I write things in Magic Marker all over my body: 'No way, Jose,' [and] 'Bill, stop looking at my boobs,'" the bubbly actress told Los Angeles magazine. The Once Upon a Time star has been quoted as saying, "Nudity is for your boyfriend or your doctor."

  • Hilary Duff

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    It's not uncommon for former child stars to embrace risqué images and vie for provocative roles in an effort to distance themselves from their squeaky-clean personas. But Hilary Duff never felt compelled to rely on nudity to underline her adult status. "I don't want to take my top off or anything," Duff told Britain's Sunday Telegraph Seven magazine in April 2006. "In the States, it seems it's the trend to turn 18 or 19 and then take your shirt off and do something crazy, and I don't know what comes after that." While she's tackled some sexually charged material in Gossip Girl and Younger, Duff has kept her golden globes from being on full display.

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  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar slayed on Buffy — all without being in the buff. In 2004, rumors emerged that the Cruel Intentions star has been offered some hefty paychecks for roles involving nudity, and that she'd swiftly passed on the parts. Asked about whether her client would ever consider disrobing before the camera, Sarah Michelle Gellar's agent balked at the notion, saying, "Sarah doesn't do nudity, ever. It has never been her thing."

  • Megan Fox

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    Sure, she might dress like a naughty schoolgirl for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 or straddle a motorcycles in itty-bitty denim shorts in Transformers 2, but Megan Fox insists on turning up the heat without shedding her clothes. "I can't ever imagine myself doing nudity in a film," Fox told MTV's Behind the Screen in September 2009. "People take everything from you when you're in this business. Your anonymity is stripped from you, they invade every part of you: your personal life, your relationships. Literally all I have left are my private parts, and I don't want to also share them with the world." In a May 2016 interview, Fox reiterated her stance, admitting she's turned down raunchy roles out of concern for her children. "There are just certain things boys should never see their mothers do," Fox said.

  • Christina Hendricks

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    As Joan Holloway on Mad Men, Christina Hendricks soared to sex symbol status nearly overnight. Men drooled over her voluptuous figure, while women cheered her on, considering her a symbol of more inclusive beauty standards, ones that celebrate curvy figures. Still, Hendricks wished the chatter would focus on her acting prowess and not her body, which is why she can't imagine filming a nude scene. "I've always been really comfortable in my skin, but I'd prefer talking about my acting rather than my body," she told BlackBook in March 2012. "I'm a very comfortable naked person — not in front of other people, but at home and in front of my husband. I feel good not wearing clothes."

  • Emma Roberts

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    "I would show my back and my butt on camera, but I would never go topless," American Horror Story: Coven and Scream Queens star Emma Roberts told the UK's Times in 2010. "Going topless is so tasteless, and I prefer to leave all that stuff to people's imagination." Emma Robert's belief that going topless is tawdry has apparently stuck: In 2012, when images of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless surfaced, Roberts tweeted, "When you're a princess, you shouldn't be topless anywhere except the shower or your bedroom."

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  • Mandy Moore

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    "I would be completely uncomfortable to walk down the street and know that the person passing by had seen me without my clothes on," Mandy Moore told USA Today in 2007 of her no-nudity stance. "I've turned down several roles where the producers or writers wouldn't budge on that point. I'm not saying that it's wrong for someone else to do them, but I think there's a way to be feminine and sexy without posing half-naked." In the pilot episode of her new NBC series This Is Us, it's Moore's costar Milo Ventimiglia who bares his rump for the camera in a comical sex scene.

  • Anna Friel

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    Though she has shown skin on camera in the past, British actress Anna Friel has has revised her stance on on-screen nudity. In a March 2016 interview on ITV's Jonathan Ross Show, Friel admitted she'd negotiated a no-nudity clause for her drama Marcelle, streaming on NetflixIn the show's opening scene, Friel sits naked in a bathtub, but the shot is edited so that no private parts are made public. "There is no need to see me naked if you don't have to," Friel said. "[That scene] was not about the naked body. [My nipple] was in a shot and there was a mirror and it was steamy — all they did was make the steam bigger in the mirror. It was not a big deal."

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