ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

It happens more often that you might think: Actresses start off in squeaky-clean break-out roles and then the next thing you know, they've shed their good girl image, turning up the heat with a scandalous performances that will leave you weak at the knees.

Here are 10 ladies that switched up their goody-two-shoes persona for something quite a few shades darker:

1. Vanessa Hudgens

Movies: From High School Musical to Spring Breakers

From singing and dancing as the cute Gabriella Montez in Disney's High School Musical juggernaught, Vanessa Hudgens certainly raised an eyebrow or two when she starred in James Franco's Spring Breakers.

2. Emma Watson

Movies: From Harry Potter to The Bling Ring

Emma Watson brought to life one of the most intelligent, kind-hearted and hard-working characters in recent decades, Hermione Granger. Yet, when the final credits of the eight movie installment rolled, understandably Emma was eager to take on roles on the other end of the spectrum.

Her performance as the promiscuous bad girl Nicki Moore in The Bling Ring did just that. Sneak a peek at the trailer:

3. Anne Hathaway

Movies: From Ella Enchanted to Havoc

We all loved super sweet Anne Hathaway in Disney's Enchanted and in The Princess Diaries, so it was quite a shock for many of us to see her progress onto much darker roles such as her character in Havoc. Focusing on themes such as gang violence and sex, Anne really came out of her own as the girlfriend of a gang member.

4. Natalie Portman

Movies: From Leon: The Professional to Closer

When you think of Natalie Portman, you think of wholesome innocent beauty (even though she's actually a total bad-ass in Leon: The Professional). Regardless, the actress's move over to the dark side in movies such as Closer, where she plays a stripper, is fascinating to watch. Oh, and let's not forget her incredible performance as Nina Sayers in Black Swan, which turns her good girl persona into something much more sinister.

5. Kristen Stewart

Movies: The Twilight Saga to Welcome to the Riley's

Kristen really made her name as the innocent doe-eyed Bella Swan in the Twilight series, a role that catapulted her to stratospheric fame. And when that came to an end, she succeeded in ditching that good girl by starring in a series of controversial roles, one of them being an underage stripper in Welcome to the Riley's. If you haven't seen it already, here's the trailer:

6. Lindsay Lohan

Movies: From Mean Girls to I Know Who Killed Me

With the help of The Parent Trap, Lindsay Lohan became one of the most sought-after child actresses in the business, and her popularity grew even further when she later starred in ultimate chick-flick Mean Girls. And although she got herself into a few difficult situations in her role as Cady Heron, nothing prepared us for the vixen that she would become later in roles such as in I Know Who Killed Me. Check her out in the sleazy world of crack, murder and strip clubs:

7. Dakota Fanning

Movies: From Uptown Girls to The Runways

Starring alongside the late Brittany Murphy in Uptown Girls, Dakota Fanning was the cutest little thing back in the day. Little did we know that a few years down the line, she would be oozing sex appeal as a 70s rocker in The Runways. Oh, and let's not forget that sexual tension with Kristen Stewart - here's the kissing scene from the movie:

8. Selena Gomez

Movies/TV: From Wizards of Waverly Place to Spring Breakers

From polished teen queen in a popular Disney Channel show, to a raunchy role as a restaurant-robbing, gun-wielding college girl in Spring Breakers, if Selena was ever concerned about changing her squeaky-clean image, she definitely shouldn't be now.

9. Jessica Alba

Movies: From Honey to Sin City

As a sickly sweet hip-hop choreographer with a strong moral compass, Jessica Alba played the ultimate sweetheart with a hear of gold in Honey, keeping kids off the streets by teaching community dance classes. Her role in Sin City however also included dancing, but of a completely different calibre:

10. Elizabeth Berkley

Movies/TV: From Saved By the Bell to Showgirls

Yet, perhaps the most famous case of a girl gone bad is Elizabeth Berkley. Making her name on innocent Saturday morning TV series Saved By the Bell as book-smart Jessie, she went on to send shockwaves through the industry by getting naked in Showgirls and starring in extremely graphic sex scenes.



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