Hollywood Stars Who Shed Their Inhibitions on the Big Screen

By Sophia Maddox | December 9, 2023

Marissa Tomei

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(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Marisa Tomei's illustrious film career is distinguished by her unyielding dedication to her art, continually embodying intricate and fervent characters. In the highly acclaimed film, The Wrestler, Tomei portrays a woman who falls for a self-destructive performer and addict portrayed by Mickey Rourke. Tomei fearlessly reveals her all, both physically and emotionally, as she navigates through a bleak and disheartening world. She has also put it all out there in Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, The Slums of Beverly Hills, and Factotum

Tomei's intrepid performances has garnered several Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Whether she's buttoned up as Aunt May or letting it all hang out in an indie film, Tomei is never afraid to take on roles that leave her exposed.

Halle Berry

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(Warner Bros.)

In the world of cinema, Halle Berry has captivated audiences with her breathtaking performances and mesmerizing presence. Her role in the 2001 film Monster's Ball stands out as a defining moment in her career, as she revealed her ability to use her physicality to convey powerful dramatic intent. In the film, Berry portrays a woman who enters into a relationship with the corrections officer responsible for executing her former husband. Through scenes that are both raw and sensual, she lays herself bare, delivering a performance that is as compelling as it is provocative. Berry's nuanced portrayal earned her the Best Actress award, cementing her status as a true cinematic icon. The same year, Berry appeared in Swordfish, a techno thriller that's much more pulpy than Monster's Ball, but she went all out in that film as well.