Some celebrities are completely comfortable with baring it all and feel they have no need for getting body doubles for the more exposed scenes in their films and TV shows. There are, however, other celebrities who are not comfortable with the world seeing everything and have clauses that say as much written into their contracts. Here are 11 actresses who surprisingly refuse to bare it all, and their reasons for choosing to remain clothed.
Jessica Simpson has a fantastic figure and she doesn’t try to cover it up. While she has posed provocatively for photos, and her Instagram page contains a few near-bare snaps, she has a strict policy when it comes to her professional work.
Simpson told Allure in their April 2004 issue, “I don’t care how dark and intellectual the role could be, you know? I don’t care if I frickin’ get an Oscar for it, I’m not going to do it. Those accolades mean nothing to me…. I don’t think people deserve to see what’s underneath my clothing. That’s only for my next husband — ha ha ha!”
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker was one of the stars of Sex and the City, and while some her co-stars appeared to have no problem with lascivious scenes, she refused. Parker even had a clause in her contract and opened up about it during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve always had one, and it’s apropos of absolutely nothing,” she said. “Some people have a perks list and they are legendary. They have to have white candles in their room. I don’t have a crazy list like that. I’ve just always had [a no-nudity clause].”
Parker went on to confirm that while fans will never be seeing her completely bare, she has no issue with other actresses who want to do it. She told the publication, “I think it’s fantastic that people feel comfortable doing it.”
In 2010, Anna Kendrick revealed that she has a strict policy when it comes to her films and would not be willing to take off her clothes for future roles. She confessed to Mandrake (via The Telegraph) that she would “not do that” at a party in Mayfair, London.
Six years later she had still not changed her mind. In 2016, Kendrick revealed that she used a butt double for a scene in the film Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, where her character was filmed bare from behind. She opened up to E! News about the process of choosing a butt double, and how the film’s crew had shown her three photos of potential stand-ins.
Rebel Wilson is another actress who has a clause in her contract about how much she’s willing to show. She spoke about her policy in an interview with Marie Claire for their July 2016 issue (for which she was the cover girl), and how she refused to give in, despite some people in the industry trying to convince her otherwise.
She explained how it came up while filming The Brothers Grimsby. “[They] wanted full-frontal nudity. We write in the contract, specifically, ‘No nudity.’ They got in another girl — this larger burlesque dancer from South Africa — to be a nude double. And they got her to do all this stuff.”
Wilson also revealed that despite Sacha Baron Cohen (who wrote and starred in the film) insisting that the body double looked good, she still had no intention of taking off her clothes. “I’m like, I’m not doing it. I don’t care what you say.” However, she did tell the publication that she may be willing to change her mind in the future, if the film was not a comedy.
Mandy Moore told USA Today in 2007 that the reason she would never film scenes in her birthday suit is that she doesn’t think there is any need for them. She said, “It would be completely uncomfortable to walk down the street and know that the person passing by had seen me without my clothes on. I’ve turned down several roles where the producers or directors or writers wouldn’t budge on that point.”
While Moore is steadfast when it comes to her own stance, she did tell the publication that she has no issue with others who are more open in front of the cameras. She explained, “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.”
Julia Roberts’ career has spanned across more than three decades, and while she has starred in a wide range of roles, the one thing she claims she won’t ever do in a film is bare it all. In a 2007 interview with OK! magazine (via Marie Claire) she told the publication, “To act with my clothes on is a performance. To act with my clothes off is a documentary.”
Some may remember the 1990 film Pretty Woman, in which Roberts plays the role of an escort named Vivian Ward and showed off a bit of skin. But according to body double Shelley Michelle, she filmed some of the early scenes, including the memorable opening scene where the character pulls on her thigh-high boots.
In a 1991 interview with Orlando Sentinel, Michelle said, ”My legs were a little curvier, I was a little more busty. It made her [Roberts] look a little more curvaceous, just gave her that body she needed.”
Ashley Benson also has rules when it comes to her onscreen performances and how much skin she is willing to show. In 2014, she told Cosmopolitan that it can be hard to negotiate on films, because producers and directors are always pushing for her to take it off.
She said, “I make it clear that I have a line. Everyone tries to push you, and it’s easy to get talked into doing those things. I’ll just walk off-set: ‘If that’s the way it’s going to be, then you can do it without me.’ But not everyone realizes they can do that.”
As for what the “line” that Benson won’t cross is, she claimed she never wants to do scenes that are “gratuitous.” In Benson’s opinion, “Girls look so much better in lingerie or a tee shirt and leave the rest up to the imagination.”
Kristen Bell told Women’s Health magazine that before she appeared on House of Lies in her underwear (she played the role of Jeannie Van Der Hooven), she ensured that she kicked her “buns and abs sets into high gear” to look her best. But at the same time, she revealed that although she was fine with posing in her bra and panties, she is not willing to bare it all.
She said, “But I don’t show my crack! All the Mr. Skins of the world are like, ‘Ooh, Kristen gets naked!’ I’m like, ‘Dream on!'” Good for her for sticking to what she believes in.
If a director is not willing to accept that Rachel Bilson won’t show more skin, she’s not willing to compromise. Bilson told Playboy magazine (via People) that movies can still accomplish their end result “without showing things.” She shared that she almost didn’t appear in the 2006 film The Last Kiss, directed by Tony Goldwyn, because of her policy against showing it all.
“It’s almost a deal breaker,” she said. “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.”
In 2009, while promoting her movie The Invention of Lying, Jennifer Garner gave an interview to MTV News about her feelings about on-screen exposure. While Garner did not take it all off in the film, her co-star Ricky Gervais appeared without a shirt. Both stars, however, said that they would never appear completely bare on screen.
Gervais exclaimed, “There’s no chance of me doing it!” And Garner stated, “I will not be taking it all off!” She also insisted that there was “zero percent” chance that she would ever take her clothes off for a role, adding, “No, thank you. The world deserves better. Not interested.”
Jessica Alba’s reason for not taking off her clothes in her films is something that most people could probably relate to. The reason is that she doesn’t want her family members to see that much of her.
During a 2014 interview with Glamour, Alba said, “I don’t want my grandparents to see my boobs. That’s it. It would be weird at Christmas. And, I mean, really, if you look at the movies I have done, getting naked would never ‘elevate’ the picture.”