This month Amanda Seyfried stars in 'Lovelace' based on the life of Linda Lovelace the first porn star to gain mainstream popularity. Seyfried has voiced concerns about her controversial role in the film, telling UK's Sunday Times: "The first thing you think about is that it could ruin my career."
Playing a white upper class gangster the usually conservative Anne Hathaway is seen in 'Havoc' (2005) dealing drugs and doing unsavory things in the backs of cars with strange men.
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Brooke Shields took on the risky role of playing a child prostitute in 'Pretty Baby' (1978) when she was only 12 years old. The film was criticized for depicting child prostitution and showing Shields in various nude scenes.
This risky role playing a female serial killer in 'Monster' (2003) catapulted Charlize Theron's career winning seventeen awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress. Looks like this risk paid off!
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Doe-eyed Dakota Fanning took on a risky role when she donned the suspenders in 'The Runaways' (2010) as Cherie Currie the 1970's rockstar.
Former teen actress Elizabeth Berkley revealed all in 'Showgirls' (1995) which earnt an 'R' rating. Although the film was slammed by most critics, it has slowly achieved cult status outside of the box office.
Emma Watson stars in Sofia Coppola's film 'The Bling Ring'(2013) based on a true story of teenagers who rob the homes of celebrities in California. The controversial role sees Watson cast in an unusually dark light.
Lisa Bonet aimed to shed her good girl image in 'Angel Heart'(1987) by playing a voodoo priestess in some questionable love scenes.
The usually conservative Natalie Portman surprised audiences when she skillfully slid down a strippers pole in ' Closer' (2004) garnering herself a Golden Globe Award for her performance.
Former Disney child star Vanessa Hudgens has turned over a raunchy new leaf with some risky new roles such as 'Spring Breakers'(2012) and performing with her new girl band YLA at LA nightclub this week.