We tend to think that actresses could be a lot like their movie or television characters. But in some cases, the actresses look a lot different in real life – sometimes even the polar opposite of the characters they play. Kudos to the fifteen women on our list for pulling off an amazing act on the silver screen and making characters believable. If you’re an avid television watcher, you’ll recognize all the faces on this list.
1. Alison Brie – Community’s Annie Edison
We knew that studious Annie – the youngest in the study group at Greendale Community College– could be quite sexy when she wanted to. Anne kept her ample assets covered in modest blouses and sweaters, but Alison doesn’t have a problem flaunting them in sexy photo shoots and on red carpets where she can often be seen with her hot fiancee actor Dave Franco.
2. Melissa Rauch – Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory
As the nerdy girl with the nasal voice and strong personality, Bernadette looks like the perfect match to the equally nerdy mama’s boy Howard Wolowitz. Off-screen, however, she’s a sexy siren who the likes of Wolowitz can only dream of dating! The gifted actress’s beauty will make you do a double take – and yes, she doesn’t have that high-pitched voice either.
3. Emily Bett Rickards – Felicity Smoak from Arrow
If there’s an actress who can rock a pair of prescription glasses, it’s Emily Bett Rickards. Her portrayal of a computer science geek on Arrow won her plaudits from fans. While she looks appropriately geeky in the show, Emily is every bit an actress off-screen with her soft beauty, athletic build and photo-ready smile.
4. Zooey Deschanel – Jess from New Girl
You feel a bit sorry for Jess Day, the quirky but impishly cute teacher from New Girl. But you could be a bit envious of the actress who plays her – new mum Zooey Deschanel – who looks like she could get man she wants with those piercing green eyes, cute fringe and smoking hot body. Zooey is also a talented vocalist who has lent her voice to advertisements, jazz cabaret acts and music albums.
5. Tina Fey – Liz Lemon from 30 Rock
Every time Tina Fey takes the stage at the Golden Globe Awards as host or presenter, we’re reminded of what a knockout she really is. On the contrary, every time we see reruns of the now-discontinued award-winning series 30 Rock, we’re amazed at how un-sexy she can make Liz Lemon look! The Mark Twain Prize winner is a chameleon that we want to keep seeing on our screens for a long time to come.
6. Amy Acker – Winifred Burkle in Angel
Winifred Burkle is a mentally fragile science nerd and not exactly your idea of Miss Oh-So-Hot. The actress who plays her most certainly is : Amy Acker has been a model for J.Crew Catalog and showed off her acting chops as a mysterious beauty and genius hacker in hit show Person of Interest. Amy has no trouble balancing geeky with sexy, and we’re grateful to her for it!
7. Natalie Morales – Wendy Watson in The Middleman
As the struggling artist and sidekick in the short-lived series, Natalie Morales didn’t quite get the opportunity to fully show off her sexy side. Her smoldering hot photoshoots and appearances in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Are You There, Chelsea? and The Newsroom allowed us a glimpse into her acting talent and gorgeous looks. She most recently starred as a law firm associate in the now-canceled Fox series The Grinder.
8. Amanda Seyfried – Anita Lesnicki in Jennifer’s Body
Anyone who has seen Amanda in her paparazzi photos and talk show appearances will agree that she is smoking hot. But the doe-eyed beauty is a far cry from her ugly duckling character in Jennifer’s Body. Check out the photos below to see the transformation. On on hand, there’s bespectacled and rather pathetic-looking Anita Lesnicki, and on the other a sultry porcelain skinned actress. Pretty shocking, isn’t it?
9. Rachel Leigh Cook – Laney Boggs in She’s All That
Laney Boggs was a huge geek who really wasn’t ‘all that’ – until she took off her glasses and showed everyone the beauty hiding underneath. In real life, Rachel Leigh Cook is blessed with a stunning face and doesn’t seem to age at all. A mum to two kids, the petite actress has got acting gigs consistently in her career and was chosen as a Champion of Change for Arts Education by the Obama administration in 2011.
10. Sandra Bullock – Angela Bennet in The Net (1995)
Why is this super-cool A-lister on this list? Before she was an Award-winning actress and best buds with a certain George Clooney, Sandy was a little-known up-and-coming actress with an unglamorous albeit arresting screen presence. Sleek, humorous and full of life, Sandra Bullock is the kind of gal everyone wants as their friend.
11. Ariel Winter – Alex Dunphy in Modern Family
Ariel may have been in the news lately for issues related to custody battle and a boob-reduction procedure, but she is best known for playing the sensible, sweet and studious daughter in the award-winning Modern Family. Off screen, Ariel is a stunning starlet who has handled her incredibly sexy self with grace and humility.
12. Renee Felice Smith – Nell Jones – NCIS : Los Angeles
She landed her first acting gig at age six, explored the theater scene a bit, and then got her big break in NCIS, where she played a plain Jane analyst with a friendly, approachable nature. Renee is a stunner in real life who has successfully experimented with different hairstyles and is one of the few celebrities to rock fedoras and beanies in style!
13. Emily Deschanel – Temperance Brennan in Bones
As forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, Emily Deschanel gave us serious goals to take up science courses! In real life, she inspires us to hit the gym and religiously drink three liters of water a day, because you couldn’t possible see that fit body and glowing skin and tell us you don’t want to look like THAT!
14. Alyson Hannigan – Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In movies and TV shows, Alyson Hannigan is always the nice girl whose quirks overshadow her sexy quotient. She played the nerdy computer geek in Buffy and the rather weird, possibly bisexual and slightly sex-crazy wife but all-round good person and best friend in How I Met Your Mother. The talented, youthful actress has picked up a number of awards, including a Saturn Award, Teen Choice Award and People’s Choice Award in the Best Supporting and Favorite TV Comedy Actress categories.
15. Pauley Perrette – Abby Sciuto in NCIS
Forensic scientist and hyper-enthusiastic Goth in NCIS – make what you want of Pauley Perrette’s character in NCIS. Off-screen, she looks less Goth and more hot, someone who would look effortlessly stylish in skinny jeans and a Versace gown.
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