30 Celebrities Who Refuse To Do Nude Scenes & Why

Nude scenes in movies or television is a thing. It's a complex negotiation of weird costumes and props designed to hide certain body parts and choreography that is the opposite of sexy. Actors and actresses have long talked about how the process of making a sex scene look hot on screen is decidedly not hot at all. There's an entire crew of camera people, set people, makeup artists, a director barking orders at you, all while you're trying to make a deeply human action look as natural as possible. It's enough to turn anyone off from doing these scenes.

And indeed, many actors and actresses have opted to pass. The following stars refuse to do nude scenes for a variety of reasons: they have kids and feel it is inappropriate as a parent, they don't like the aesthetics of nude scenes, or they just simply don't feel comfortable with baring it all on set.

In many instances, they're paired with a costar who is open to performing nude. Take Mandy Moore, for example. She won't appear nude on-screen, but that opening scene of This Is Us with Milo Ventimiglia, well, it was the network TV butt shot heard around the world. Sarah Jessica Parker had a no-nudity clause when she worked on Sex and The City, but if it felt like we saw everyone else in varying states of undress, that's for a reason: her contract was the strictest of all the stars.

Some of the stars on this list eventually broke their no-nudity vow, or performed nude once and decided it wasn't for them and amended their contract accordingly. In any case, read on to see how stars feel about showing off their bodies — maybe you can relate to that awkward feeling, too.

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Sarah Jessica Parker.

Unlike her on-screen counterparts, the Sex and The City star famously had a no-nudity contract when it came to the "sex" part. In 2016, she told the Hollywood Reporter that it's "I’ve always had one, and it’s apropos of absolutely nothing. 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]."
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Jennifer Garner.

While she's done sex scenes (remember that makeout scene with Bryan Cranston in Wakefield?), she refuses to bare it all. In 2009, she told MTV that "I will not be taking it all off...No, thank you. The world deserves better. Not interested."
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Anna Kendrick.

The Up in The Air star refuses to go nude on film, and used a body double for the butt scene in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. When Telegraph asked her if she'd ever do a nude scenes she said, "emphatically, no. I will not do that...I am not criticizing people who do [nude scenes] but I plan to keep doing what I am doing and hope it keeps going good."
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Mila Kunis.

The beloved That 70's Show star is no stranger to sex scenes (Black Swan, anyone?), but she used a butt double in Friends With Benefits. Kunis also penned a scathing open letter about an unnamed Hollywood producer who told her she'd "never work again in this town" when she refused to pose half-naked on the cover of a magazine. There is some speculation about who that unnamed producer is.
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Julia Roberts.

As a mother, Roberts feels it isn't in her best interest to do nude scenes. She told the Daily Mail in 2009 that "you know it’s not really what I do, so if you are going ask me to do it, you have to expect it to be toned down. You know, as a [mother] of three, I feel like that."
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Emma Roberts.

The niece of Hollywood legend Julia Roberts, Emma told W in 2010 that "I don’t know that I’d do a full-on nude scene, ever...I’ve never had a full-on sex scene … but we’ll see."
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Rebel Wilson.

Rebel Wilson spoke with Marie Claire about this very topic in 2016, when she was its cover star. She says that she used a body double for the nude scene in The Brothers Grimsby. "They wanted full-frontal nudity," she says. "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."
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Megan Fox.

She's considered a sex symbol, but Megan Fox isn't going to bare it all. "I can't ever imagine myself doing nudity in a film," she told MTV News in 2009. "It lives forever, especially now, with the Internet. I just can't. I just can't...Literally all I have left are my private parts and I don't want to also share them with the world. I'd like to keep them private. That's why they're called that!"
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Mandy Moore.

She's had a clean-cut image since her hit single "Candy" in 1999. So it's no surprise that the This Is Us star refuses to strip down on set. She used a butt double for the nude scene in Chasing Liberty, telling Entertainment Tonight that "I’m a modest girl. No one has seen my butt besides me behind closed doors … I actually had to choose a body double that would be stripping down and jumping into a river in Prague for me!"
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Jessica Alba.

Her no-nudity clause is simple and straight to the point. "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," she told Glamour in 2014.
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Kristen Bell.

The beloved Frozen star has a fanbase of kids, so it makes sense that she doesn't want to get naked on screen. "I don't show my crack! All the Mr. Skins of the world are like, 'Ooh, Kristen gets naked!' I'm like, 'Dream on!" she told Women's Health in 2012, in her signature comedic manner.
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Scarlett Johansson.

The megawatt star only appeared nude once — 2014's Under The Skin. And she did it because "the nudity is written in to the script and I hope the audience agrees that it's, you know, it's not really indulging. It's almost like biological in a weird way, I think, and there is a lot of intention behind it," she told MTV. Still, don't bet on her seeing her in the buff again.
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Blake Lively.

Another star with a squeaky-clean image, she told the Daily Mail in 2012 that "when I see nudity in movies, I am always distracted by it. I know that 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."

Still, she changed her mind just this year for her role in All I See Is You.
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Rachel Bilson.

Rachel Bilson almost lost a role because of her refusal to go nude. "Movies can be sexy or sexual without showing things. It’s almost a deal breaker. 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," she told Playboy.
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Samuel L. Jackson.

The perennial action actor keeps it very real. He told Howard Stern that "I might ask for a dick double. I don't know if it's… yeah. I don't know if it's formidable enough. My aura's so big, I don't know if my dick is big enough to fill my aura." OKAY.
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Hilary Duff.

A celeb since her youth on Disney, she won't take it off. She told Telegraph that "if I do a movie I want to be myself. I don’t want to take my top off or anything. 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."
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Emma Watson.

Emma Watson's commitment to keeping it clean has a lot to do with her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. "I'm not going to get my kit off or snort cocaine in a film, just to leave Hermione behind. I don't want everyone to forget me as Hermione. I'm really proud of her," she said to the New York Daily News in 2010.
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Sarah Michelle Geller.

We loved seeing in her Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but we'll never see in her buff (sorry, we had to!). Page Six reports that "Sarah Michelle Gellar will not show her breasts and she doesn't care how much money Hollywood offers. We hear that Gellar, married to Hollywood hunk Freddie Prinze Jr., has been offered roles for "major money" but turned them down because the part would require her doffing her top. A rep for the actress said, "Sarah doesn't do nudity, period. It has never been her thing."
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Chris Pratt.

The Park and Recreation funnyman says that his Christian faith keeps him from doing nude or sex scenes on film.
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Jessica Simpson.

Even the prospect of on Academy Award isn't enough for her to bare it all. "I will never do nudity. 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," she told Allure.
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Katy Perry.

Pop music's California girl isn't going to show it all off any time soon. She likes the art of the tease, according to Cosmopolitan. "I’m like a burlesque girl. I definitely won’t be doing a Playboy spread, but I will be doing a kind of Dita Von Teese style."
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Isla Fischer.

Isla Fischer, who is not Amy Adams, used a body double and some clever film trickery for the nude scenes in the Wedding Crashers.
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Rihanna.

The beautiful musician keeps it simple about nudity: "my mother would kill me if I posed nude! My mother raised me with certain standards." Swarovski crystal dress notwithstanding.
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Christine Hendricks.

The beautiful Mad Men star isn't in any rush to go nude. Gossip blog ONTD reported that she "has noticed though that a good number of roles she’s being offered require her to go nude. Clearly everyone wants to see more of Christina but she doesn’t want to be over exposed in the wrong way.”
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Allison Williams.

If it seemed like everyone on Girls was naked except for Marnie, that was by design. "I just wanted to give Marnie almost all of myself. But there were things that felt like they should be mine and felt like they should always be mine," she told ABC in 2017.
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Carrie-Ann Moss.

Okay, that sex scene with Neo and Trinity in the Matrix Reloaded was...well, less than hot. But the Jessica Jones star says she keeps it to herself: "I’m just not like that at all. My first thought would be, ‘What would my mother think?’ “Besides, lots of actresses like Julia Roberts and Michelle Pfeiffer don’t do nudity, so I don’t think it’s so important… For me there’s also the feeling that since I’m married, there’s a kind of sacredness to the body."
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Paris Hilton.

She hasn't posed nude since a sex tape was released without her consent. In a Marie Claire profile from this year, she says that "I could have been like [Princess Diana], but because of that tape, I will always be judged and thought of as whatever they say about me because of a private moment between my boyfriend and me. I wish I had never met him. That is actually the one regret in my life. I wish that I had never met that guy. I could not leave my house for months. I was so depressed, humiliated. I didn’t want to be seen in public."
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Taylor Swift.

She's got a Reputation to uphold. When she covered Glamour in 2014, Swift said "I find it relatively easy to keep my clothes on because I don't really feel like taking them off. It's not an urge I have," she admits. "For me 'risky' is revealing what really happened in my life through music. Risky is writing confessional songs and telling the true story about a person with enough details so everyone knows who that person is. That's putting myself out there, maybe even more than taking my shirt off."
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Ashley Benson.

The Pretty Little Liars star is a fan of the tease. On her role in Spring Breakers, she said to Cosmopolitan that "I never want to do nudity that's gratuitous. Girls look so much better in lingerie or a tee shirt and leave the rest up to the imagination."
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Lena Headey.

Cersei Lannister did the Walk of Shame with her head superimposed into a body double. No shame here! "Because none of it is about vanity for me — none of it — otherwise I couldn’t do it. It would be a hindrance," she told Entertainment Weekly.