This is our list of The 5 Hottest Nude Acting Performances of 2016. There were plenty of nude roles for women this year, but we only honor those whose nudity is so impactful you could watch them on mute while the spouse sleeps and still feel their power.
Among those celebrated are a Playboy Playmate, a veteran actress in her biggest role to date, an indie darling, two model-turned-actresses, and a superstar back from a three-year nudity hiatus. Roles include two dead girls, an android, an infected camper,a lesbian makeup artist, and a queen of dragons.
We salute these nude thespians and ask you to comment and contribute in the comments. Check out our lists for 2015 and 2014. And… don’t forget to check out our list of The 10 Sexiest Horror Films of 2016.
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5. EMILIA CLARKE (DAENERYS TARGARYEN, GAME OF THRONES)
Emilia Clarke went nude this year on season six of HBO’s Emmy award-winning fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” The scene marked the first time Clarke had gone nude on the show since its third season. Fans were thrilled to see the once oft-nude actress back in all her glory, but remained a tad skeptical after her previous and much publicized refusal to do nudity.
Clarke put doubts to rest when she told EW:
I’d like to remind people the last time I took my clothes off was season 3. That was awhile ago. It’s now season 6. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I’m just feeling genuinely happy I said ‘Yes.’ That ain’t no body double!
Shot for the episode “Book of the Stranger,” the scene comes at the end of the episode when Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen, sets the Dothraki leaders who have kept her captive and threaten to gang rape her when she demands to lead their people ablaze in their temple, emerging from the flames unharmed and nude.
4. THANDIE NEWTON (MAEVE MILLAY, WESTWORLD)
Thandie Newton plays “host” and brothel madam Maeve Millay on HBO’s hit new series “Westworld,” a re-imagining of the 1973 sci-fi classic about androids run amok in an amusement park for humans to indulge in their lust for blood and sex.
Starting with episode two and onward, Newton is seen nude throughout as she becomes self aware and begins to solve her maze … maybe. One thing that is certain, she looks amazing. Of course, we’re supposed to learn something about humanity’s ugliness through the eyes of the androids.
Newton tells EW:
The hosts are treated like carcasses of meat, and that nudity relates to our vulnerability, to our complete lack of dignity, as seen by our programmers. What you’re seeing shouldn’t be happening. It’s not of a sexual nature — of course, there are scenes in the show that are sexual where there is nudity.
But because you’ve seen nudity in this vulnerable, awful [Westworld backstage facility] it also translates into those prostitution scenes — because that’s been placed in your mind it will make you more conscious of the nudity in general. You will feel that when you see those girls as prostitutes naked because you’ve seen that vulnerability.
True… but boobs and butts, right?
3. OLWEN CATHERINE KELLY (JANE DOE, AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE)
Olwen Catherine Kelly plays the titular corpse in director André Øvreda’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe, a supernatural thriller set in a small town morgue where father and son coroners experience strange and frightening things while examining an unidentified female, found half buried in a basement and believed to have been murdered.
Kelly plays dead in the film and not since the dude playing the dead guy in 1989’s Weekend at Bernie’s has such a performance been so engaging. For starter’s, Kelly is quite stunning and totally nude! But, to be fair, she does a great job of playing possum – so good, you’ll creep yourself out for being such a necro-perv. Imagine what her scene partners felt!
Co-star Brian Cox tells Observer:
You have to get used to the idea of this rather beautiful woman lying absolutely stark naked before you. But after a while she became like what a cadaver would be. It was something de-human about her, which was actually quite scary. She developed a whole thing of shallow breathing.
That almost caught me, her incredible focus of lying there, day after day after day, with all the stuff we had to do vis-à-vis the cutting up of her, and all of that. Of course there was an artificial body we used, but there was also a lot of stuff that was done on her body, where she wore prosthesis.
It really was remarkable. If there’s an award for dead acting, she should get it.
And, she has! Okay, it’s not an award per se, but we’re sure making this list is a unique reward nonetheless – one that will catapult her to bigger fame… or get her a few more creepy tweets from Clatto readers.
2. NADINE CROCKER (MARCY, CABIN FEVER REMAKE)
Model and actress Nadine Crocker plays victim to a flesh-eating in producer Eli Roth’s remake of his own 2002 classic Cabin Fever. Crocker is quite a stunner, making the tragic fate of her character all the more heartbreaking. Did they really need to off the hottest girl in such a gruesome way? Couldn’t she have passed peacefully and nude in her sleep? Maybe from an undiagnosed childhood affliction?
Well, regardless, Crocker’s nude scenes are spectacular and you’ll probably rub your own skin off enjoying them.
1. TIED: JENA MALONE, CODY RENEE CAMERON (RUBY, EMBALMED CORPSE, THE NEON DEMON)
In an unprecedented outcome, we have a tie topping our esteemed list: indie darling Jena Malone and Playboy Playmate Cody Renee Cameron earn top honors for their tragic and naked roles in Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.
Malone is seen nude throughout the film as lesbian makeup artist Ruby, flashing bush and boobs and peeping a shower between stunners Bella Heathcote and model Abbey Lee (also nude). But, it’s her outrageous girl/girl scene with an embalmed corpse, played by super-sexy Cameron, that blows the mind.
Cameron tells Broadly:
Originally it was supposed to be a really quick scene of just her touching my hands and giving me a kiss. It sounds weird to say the chemistry between a corpse and a person, but her chemistry with me—like, she felt comfortable to like take it further.
Nicolas Winding Refn is directing and he’s like, ‘Oh, spit in her mouth, and sit here, and rub here,’ and the scene escalated. So that was really cool to be a part of that.
Oh, Refn, you sly dog. If the Oscar evades you, there’s a shitload of AVN Awards awaiting your crossover into porn.