We all know that "sex sells" when it comes to the entertainment industry and that many actors often scoop break-out roles for agreeing to nudity in front of the camera. Yet, slowly but surely, many actors and actresses are speaking out about the pressure they faced to take their clothes off in scenes, especially in their earlier appearances.
Here are 8 A-listers who once showed a little more skin than usual and who totally regret it today:
1. Natalie Portman
Years after she appeared nude in Hotel Chevalier and Goya's Ghosts, Natalie revealed how uncomfortable she felt going topless in these scenes. The exact words she used were:
"I'm really sorry I didn't listen to my intuition. From now on, I'm going to trust my gut more. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is say no."
This was one of the scenes she was talking about in Hotel Chevalier:
2. Pamela Anderson
Yes, I was surprised too. After decades of exposing her pert and perfectly adjusted breasts in photo shoots and home video sex vids, it seems that Pam is finally over it. In fact, she regrets her decision because:
“My children are made fun of because I have posed unclothed. When you pose, you are not thinking that one day you will have children who will see it."
3. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet has shown her nips in a number of scenes over the years, but of late, it seems that the actress has had enough. She's said:
"I don't want to become that actress who always gets her kit off."
Despite this though, she knows that she's broken her vow to herself a couple of times, admitting:
"It definitely makes me the hypocrite of the decade."
4. Helen Mirren
It appears that Helen Mirren is overjoyed that her days of doing nude scenes are over. Speaking of all the topless shoots she's done over the years, she's said:
"I never wanted to do that, but you know, I thought, pffft, does it really matter?"
"That's the good thing about getting older. You don't have to do that sort of thing anymore. My pleasure pillows are purely for my husband now."
Pleasure pillows! Amazing.
5. Emilia Clarke
During the first few seasons of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke was no stranger to disrobing in her role of Daenerys Targaryen. Here's the scene of her fire rebirth, in which she appears nude with strategic dragons hiding her lady bits:
Yet, now the actress has said enough is enough, saying she would rather be known for her acting talent than her naked body -- in fact, Clarke told the show's executives two years ago that she refused to take her clothes off in front of the cameras anymore. She's explicitly said:
"Sex scenes should be more subtle. … I’m British, so I cringe at that sort of thing anyway — I can’t stand it.”
And that's why you're unlikely to see the Mother of Dragons in her birthday suit again anytime soon!
6. Eva Green
Eva Green notably appeared baring all in The Dreamers, and it seems that was enough for her. Although she infamously showed off her bangin' hot bod in Sin City, she flat out refused to do so in Casino Royale, saying:
“I’ve been nude in a film before and found it very troubling, so I was quite glad not to be in this film. … In the shower scene, they wanted me to strip down to my panties. We had a good fight about that."
Well done for standing your ground, Eva!
7. Taylor Lautner
The Twilight star got super buff for his role of Jacob in Stephenie Meyer's vamp love story. Now that a few years have passed, he's confessed:
"I worked hard to get in shape for this role. My motivation was the movie and the fans, but I don't want to become known as just a body. If I had to choose, I would never take my shirt off again in a movie."
This is one of the epic moments that had millions of Twi-hards all over the world squealing with joy:
8. Mary-Louise Parker
Five years ago, Weeds actress Mary-Louise Parker said in an interview that she has big regrets of doing the bathtub scene in the show's fourth season finale. She revealed:
"I didn't think I needed to be naked, and I fought with the director about it, and now I'm bitter. I knew it was going to be on the Internet: 'Mary-Louise shows off her big nipples.' I wish I hadn't done that. I was goaded into it."