When Emilia Clarke recently spoke out about being pressured to get naked on the Game of Thrones set, we just felt, well, icky— but her story was also all too familiar. Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman, and many other actors have also been pressured to take their clothes off for a role. Let’s be clear: There’s nothing wrong with an actor or actress willingly, happily, deciding to strip down to better get into character — in fact, we celebrate it. But the sad reality is that many actors have found themselves shedding their clothes for a scene because they worried about the implications of saying “no,” or were intimidated into doing as they were told.
The #MeToo movement has helped unearth many of the ways that powerful figures in Hollywood take advantage of their status and influence. These stories of actors being pressured into nudity show yet another way the system is broken and needs more protection for those just starting out in the industry.
Read on for these stars’ accounts of being pressured to take their clothes off, on and off-screen.
A version of this article was originally published in December 2019.