Tabloid queens get all the glory. From Lindsay Lohan to Miley Cyrus and Amy Winehouse, it’s always the same: The parties, the drugs, the imminent crash and burn. Those are the things that sell magazines, drive up online page views and keep the star-struck masses coming back for more. Fortunately for those of us who demand a higher class of celebrity babe to ogle relentlessly, Hollywood is still home to a legion of good-girl actresses who air on the side of a non-drug-addled image. Here are a few of Hollywood’s hottest good girls.
The reigning queen of celebrity good-girls, Natalie Portman has defined her career by the quality of her acting, not the quality of her physical assets. Of course, the quality of her physical assets has never been in question, but it’s a testament to her classiness that she doesn’t exploit that fact for fame.
Indie sweetheart Zooey Deschanel has hardly taken a racy photo in her career, yet she still manages to turn heads with the type of understated sex appeal that can only be described as “it.” She’s got it, and she uses it sparaingly, which only makes her all the more desirable.
Jenna Fischer built her career on a good-girl image, and it finally paid off in 2005 when she was cast as the quiet, considerate, and all-around good-as-hell paper company receptionist Pam Beesly in NBC’s hit sitcom “The Office.”
While fellow pop stars Britney and Christina fell into the typical “sex sells” mold like so many Top 40 divas before them, Mandy Moore took an alternate route, playing down the sexy and turning up the music. She’s used the same approach in her acting career, and so far it’s worked out to her advantage.
Sure, she’s done a nude scene or two and ocasionally partakes in racy magazine shoots, but for the most part Anne Hathaway is the embodiment of classic poise and grace in modern Hollywood.
Maybe it’s the fact that she’s British and exceptionally beautiful, but Emma Watson has never needed to shed her clothes or snap a series of racy cell phone pictures to drive guys wild. Her eyes do it all for her.
Amanda Seyfried is coming up fast in the world of film, and she’s doing it in style. She actually took a role in the sexually charged 2009 thriller Chloe partly in an effort to downplay her good-girl image.
Rooney Mara, the girl who turned heads with her role in The Social Network last year, is all set to become the next big thing in Hollywood. For some that might be a reason to pursue sex symbol status, but so far Mara has taken a more graceful approach to fame. Her upcoming role as a bisexual computer hacker with a nipple piercing in The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, however, will likely lend her image a new edge.
Again, it might be the British factor that drives up her classiness rating, but in any cast Carey Mulligan is a bona fide beauty who manages to keep her celebrity status in check.
A self-declared nerd with the Star Wars knowledge to back that claim, Kristen Bell has consistently ranked among Hollywood’s most desirable women since gaining mainstream appeal around 2005. Despite her obvious sex appeal, she manages to maintain a good-girl image, if only by virtue of the fact that she’s so damn cute.