Lights! Camera! Action! When it comes to making it big in Hollywood, having incredible talent will certainly get you a long way but those who are lucky enough to combine their talent with stunning beauty, charm and sex appeal often go even further. Don’t believe us? For over a century now, the silver screen has welcomed generation after generation of some of the most beautiful people in the world.
With such star power, talent and breathtaking beauty, competition runs steep especially when it comes to naming the hottest women in Hollywood. Looking back at some of the greats like Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and dozens of others, how do modern standards of beauty compare and how do today’s leading ladies represent the iconic sex appeal of what it means to be a Hollywood star?
Searching for Oscar winners and soap opera stars to television actresses and models, we found 40 of the hottest women in Hollywood ranging in age from their early 20s all the way to their late 40s. Which of your favorite leading ladies made the list? Join us as we take a look at some of the hottest and most talented women in Hollywood today!
40 – Leighton Meester
“Gossip Girl here, XOXO.” We start our list with 29-year-old Texas native Leighton Meester who moved around the United States before heading to New York City at 11 years old with her mother to pursue a career as a model. Making her television acting debut on an episode of Law & Order in 1999, the Hollywood hopeful moved to Los Angeles where she made appearances in series such as Crossing Jordan, 8 Simple Rules and 7th Heaven before catching the first major break of her career in 2007 when she was cast in one of the leading roles in Gossip Girl.
Spending six seasons playing the manipulative and sultry Blair Waldorf on the series, Meester has since had starring roles in films like Country Strong, The Roommate and Monte Carlo. She’s also dabbled in music by providing vocals on Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad” in addition to releasing her debut album – Heartstrings – in 2014. With her career blossoming, her personal life followed suit after tying the knot with Hollywood heartthrob Adam Brody of The O.C. in 2014 after a three-month engagement. Last summer, things got even better for the newlyweds when they welcomed their first child, daughter Arlo Day.
39 – Felicity Jones
Launching her acting career at just 11 years old, English actress Felicity Jones is now 32 years old and a huge star in England with many fans in America starting to take note of her incredible talent and stunning beauty. Known for her performance in shows like The Worst Witch and Weirdsister College, Jones became a radio star thanks to her long-running role on the BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers. She later made her silver screen debut in 2008 with appearances in Brideshead Revisited and Flashbacks of a Fool.
Earning critical acclaim and numerous awards for her performance in the 2011 film Like Crazy, Jones has quickly become a household name in Hollywood. In 2014, Jones was cast as Felicia Hardy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and earned numerous award nominations for her outstanding portrayal of Stephen Hawking’s wife, Jane, in The Theory of Everything. With only the sky as the limit, Jones will grace the silver screen once again in December with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and we can’t wait!
38 – Anna Kendrick
Hailing from Portland, Maine and settling in at number 38 on our list is 30-year-old Anna Kendrick who made her debut as a child actor in theater before taking Broadway by storm. Earning her first Tony Award nomination at just 12 years old in 1998 for her Broadway performance in High Society, Kendrick’s career skyrocketed after her 2003 film debut in Camp led to her being cast as Jessica Stanley in The Twilight Saga. Afterward, she gained even more critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 2009 hit Up in the Air.
Often linked with the “Cups” song thanks to her starring role in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, Kendrick also starred in 50/50, End of Watch and Into the Woods. Now living in Los Angeles and recently single after a four-year relationship with director Edgar Wright, Kendrick’s schedule is packed with work thanks to four films set to release this year – Mr. Right, The Hollars, Get a Job and The Accountant – with three others on deck for 2017. And, to those who can’t get enough of this Hollywood beauty, Kendrick is gaining quite the reputation as one of Twitter’s funniest stars!
37 – Jessica Biel
Growing up in Boulder, Colorado where she starred in productions of Annie and The Sound of Music as a child, Jessica Biel didn’t have to wait very long before becoming a Hollywood star. Cast as Mary Camden in the hit family series 7th Heaven at just 14 years old, Biel was the most recognizable face from what later became the longest-running family drama in television history. Long before wrapping up the series in 2007, however, Biel was already making a name for herself on the silver screen with hits like Summer Catch, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Stealth.
Outside of recently starring in big budget hits like Total Recall, The A-Team and the upcoming The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Biel has spent the last few years involved in independent films and trying her hand at producing. As for her personal life, Biel is one of the most envied women in the world after dating singer and actor Justin Timberlake for five years before exchanging vows in 2012. Joining the “Hot Moms Club” in April 2015 after giving birth to son Silas Randall Timberlake, it’s undeniable that Biel looks hotter than ever before!
36 – Abbey Lee Kershaw
Hailing from the Land Down Under, 28-year-old Abbey Lee Kershaw of Melbourne is the first Australian actress on our list. After graduating from high school, Kershaw moved to Sydney to launch her modeling career and was quickly discovered hanging out at a local beach near her home. Winning a talent search and signing her first major contract, Kershaw continued to land huge modeling gigs for V Magazine, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta and even the illustrious Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and New York Fashion Week.
In high (and constant) demand for everything from campaigns to photo shoots and fashion shows as one of the world’s “Top 50 Models,” Kershaw branched out into acting in 2015 when she made her film debut in Ruben Guthrie. Her biggest role to date came in Mad Max: Fury Road as The Dag with two more movies – Gods of Egypt and The Neon Demon – set to release in 2016. As if modeling and acting aren’t enough, Kershaw is also taking on music and is currently the drummer in an Australian band with a few of her friends. Talk about talent!
35 – Phoebe Tonkin
Staying in Australia for the next actress on our list, Sydney native Phoebe Tonkin started acting at the age of 12 and was a big name in Australia before ever gaining fame in the United States. Best known for her role on the television series H2O: Just Add Water, the 26-year-old star wrapped up the series in 2010 and moved to Los Angeles where she landed her first American role two months later as Faye Chamberlain on The CW’s supernatural drama, The Secret Circle.
Though The Secret Circle was canceled after only one season, Tonkin landed on her feet in a big way when she joined The Vampire Diaries in 2012 and starred in The Originals. Praised as a “breakout star” and a “new face to watch,” Tonkin took her newly earned fame straight to the silver screen where she’s appeared in films like Bait 3D and Take Down. And, with Maxim giving her the fifth spot on their Hot 100 list of Hollywood’s hottest women, there’s no question that this gorgeous star will be around for many years to come!
34 – Charlize Theron
The first actress from South Africa to grace our list as well as the first over 40 years old is the beautiful and talented Charlize Theron. Also appearing in Mad Max: Fury Road with Abbey Lee Kershaw, Theron initially dreamed of becoming a dancer but, at 16 years old, won a modeling contract that forever changed her fate. Spending the last 20 years as an actress and producer, Theron has had an incredible and award-winning career with some of her biggest hits including The Italian Job, Hancock and A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Proving her range as an actress in a variety of genres. Theron has dozens of award nominations to her name and even won an Academy Award for her role in the 2003 hit Monster as well as a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Mad Max. Earning critical acclaim for her performance as the Evil Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman, Theron is expected to delight audiences once again when she reprises the role in the 2016 release of The Huntsman: Winter’s War. We can’t wait!
33 – Eva Mendes
First known as a B-list horror film star, 41-year-old Eva Mendes had credits like Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror and Urban Legends: Final Cut before her career took a drastic turn. Catching her first big break in the 2001 film Training Day, Mendes became an overnight star and sex symbol as well as a go-to actress for a wide range of films such as comedies like The Other Guys, action flicks like 2 Fast 2 Furious and dramas like Girl in Progress.
Apart from her film career, Mendez has also achieved great success as a model after first appearing in music videos for Will Smith and Aerosmith in the late 1990s. Soon after, the Miami native landed notable contracts with Calvin Klein, Revlon and Reebok that helped solidify her title as “Most Beautiful at Every Age.” Of course, with a beauty like hers, it only makes sense that Mendes has been arm-in-arm with Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling since 2011 with the couple becoming a family of three with the birth of daughter Esmeralda Amada in September 2014. How about those family genes!
32 – Sarah Hyland
Born in Manhattan, New York into a family of actors, few were surprised when Sarah Hyland made her way to the silver screen at just five years old with her first role as Howard Stern’s daughter in Private Parts. Although she went on to land roles in the television remake of Annie in 1999 as well as the NBC hit series Lipstick Jungle, it wasn’t until 2009 that Hyland became a household name after being cast as Haley Dunphy on the smash hit sitcom Modern Family.
Now only 25 years old, Hyland continues to receive widespread praise as well as numerous awards and nominations for her work on Modern Family while continuing to star in films like Scary Movie 5, Vampire Academy and Date and Switch. And, speaking of Vampire Academy, the beautiful and bubbly Hyland has been dating co-star Dominic Sherwood for the past year. Interestingly enough, Hyland also survived a health scare in 2012 after a kidney transplant from her father saved her life after battling kidney dysplasia since her early childhood.
31 – Ashley Greene
Joining Anna Kendrick as part of the Twilight franchise, 28-year-old Ashley Greene left her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida at 17 years old and moved to Los Angeles with the hopes of becoming a model. Once in California, the 5’5” tall Greene was told she was far too short for a future on the catwalk and, instead, shifted her sights to the stage where she appeared on Punk’d and Crossing Jordan before her big break in 2008 when she was cast as Alice Cullen in Twilight.
Riding her Twilight success for the duration of the franchise until 2012, Greene has also starred in films like Summer’s Blood, LOL and CBGB but hasn’t found the same level of success. Regardless, she’s happier than ever as she’s finally landing some of the modeling roles she’s always wanted including a highly publicized nude appearance in the 2010 issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The former vampire star also made headlines after dating and breaking up with musician Joe Jonas only to lock arms (and lips) with Australian television star Paul Khoury.
30 – Amber Heard
Dropping out of high school and making her way from Austin, Texas to the hills of Hollywood, Amber Heard made small appearances on television and in music videos before accepting her first major film role at 18 years old as Maria in Friday Night Lights. With the film earning widespread success, Heard spent the next few years as a rising star with hits like Never Back Down and Pineapple Express that paved the way for even bigger roles in Zombieland, The Rum Diary and Magic Mike XXL.
Now almost 30 years old and a veteran to any “Most Beautiful” and “Sexiest” list around, Heard has used her fame to become a very vocal activist for LGBT rights as well as Amnesty International and Habitat for Humanity. She also just might earn the prize as having one of the most famous husbands on our list when she married Hollywood legend Johnny Depp (who is actually 23 years older) in 2015 after nearly three years of dating since meeting on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011. At this point, we’re not sure who’s luckier!
29 – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Coming in at number 29 on our list is the third actress who has appeared in the 2015 hit action film Mad Max: Fury Road, the stunning Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Now 28 years old, the England native was bullied throughout her childhood for her looks but things proved to be quite different in her teens when she launched her career as a model. Appearing in television commercials for Levi’s at just 16 years old, Huntington-Whiteley saw her career blossom as she landed contracts with Burberry and Victoria’s Secret.
Having previously worked with director Michael Bay on a Victoria’s Secret commercial, Huntington-Whiteley transitioned into acting in 2011 when she replaced Megan Fox as Carly in Bay’s hit film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Making headlines for her performance, Huntington-Whiteley went on to star in Mad Max with plenty of fans hoping to see more of her on the silver screen. As for now, she continues to model with much of her free time spent planning her upcoming nuptials to her boyfriend of six years, actor Jason Statham.
28 – Hayden Panettiere
Though it may seem like Hayden Panettiere has been in Hollywood forever, the sassy blonde bombshell is only 26 years old. Making her acting debut at 11 months old, Panettiere spent the 1990s on soap operas like One Life to Live and Guiding Light before making her film debut at the age of 10 in Remember the Titans. Growing up in front of the camera, it was only a matter of time before Panettiere started making high schoolers drool as cheerleader Claire Bennet in Heroes, a show that she starred in for over 70 episodes between 2006 and 2010.
Thanks to her growing fame and successful transition from child star into Hollywood sex symbol, Panettiere landed movie roles in films like Scream 4 and I Love You, Beth Cooper before being cast in 2012 as country singer Juliette Barnes in the ABC hit series Nashville. Releasing a few hit singles for the show, Panettiere’s music career is blossoming much like her personal life after getting engaged to heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 and giving birth to their daughter Kaya the following year.
27 – Eva Longoria
Joining the 40 and over club on our list is 41-year-old Texas native, Eva Longoria. Long before ever dreaming of a career as an actress, Longoria was turning heads with her looks after taking home the title as Miss Corpus Christi in 1998. Once she finished college, Longoria took off for Hollywood where she worked as a recruiter while auditioning for four years before landing a role on the soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2003.
Catching her first major break in 2004, Longoria joined the cast of Desperate Housewives as Gabrielle Solis with little idea that the series would last eight seasons and bring her nearly a dozen award nominations. Though she is credited with a few film roles, Longoria is better known for her work on television with recent roles in Brooklyn Nine Nine and Telenovela. Of course, she’s also made headlines of a different kind thanks to memorable marriages to actor Tyler Christopher, basketball star Tony Parker and, most recently, fiancé Jose Antonio Baston.
26 – Vanessa Hudgens
From former Disney Channel teen actor to an exotic star, 27-year-old Vanessa Hudgens has come quite a long way after landing her first leading role in 2005 as Gabriella Montez in Disney’s High School Musical. Rising to fame with the musical trilogy and thanks to her high profile relationship with costar Zac Efron, Hudgens became a household name as an actress and singer known for top 10 hits like “Breaking Free” long before celebrating her 20th birthday.
Hudgens took a small break from acting after High School Musical wrapped up in 2008 but made a huge comeback in 2011 and 2012 when she returned to the silver screen with a new look in Sucker Punch and Spring Breakers. And, just when fans thought she couldn’t get any hotter, she turned up the heat once again in 2013 with Machete Kills. In a relationship with Austin Butler since her 2011 breakup with Efron, Hudgens recently appeared as Betty Rizzo on Grease: Live with plenty of more on the horizon for this sultry and sexy star!
25 – Olivia Munn
When it comes to number 25 on our list of the hottest women in Hollywood, video gamers over the past decade have long been in on the secret about the beautiful and talented Lisa Olivia Munn. Initially launching her career in television journalism, the Oklahoma native starred in Beyond the Break in 2006 while cohosting Attack of the Show! until 2010 before trying her hand as an actress and correspondent on The Daily Show.
Now 35 years old and hotter than ever, Munn has had a slew of minor roles in films like Magic Mike and The Babymakers before landing bigger roles in hits like Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp as well as Ride Along 2 starring Kevin Hart. Fans can also find her playing the role of Betsy Braddock or Psylocke in the upcoming release of X-Men: Apocalypse. When it comes to her personal life, guys just might let out a collective sigh when they learn that Munn spends her free time on the sidelines cheering on the Green Bay Packers and her boyfriend, quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
24 – Jennifer Lawrence
Quite possibly the most popular actress in the United States right now and coming in at number 24 on our list is 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Lawrence persuaded her parents into taking her to New York City to find an agent at only 14 years old. Three years later, Lawrence launched her career in television on The Bill Engvall Show in 2007 where she won a Young Artist Award. Soon after, Lawrence’s breakout film role came in Winter’s Bone and was followed up with her performance as Mystique in the X-Men series.
With her brutally honest sense of humor and obvious talent, Lawrence became the highest grossing action heroine of all time thanks to her role as Katniss Everdeen in the massively successful Hunger Games series. She’s also proven an incredible range of talent with nominations for dozens of awards in addition to taking home three Golden Globes for Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and Joy as well as an Academy Award for Best Actress. There’s also a good chance that she’ll add to her Oscar trophy case with a second and much-deserved win in 2016.
23 – Natalie Dormer
Regularly mistaken for a 20-something year old, actress Natalie Dormer is obviously aging gracefully as the England native is actually 34 years old. Recently making a huge breakthrough in Hollywood, Dormer’s first major break came in 2007 when she was cast as Anne Boleyn on the hit Showtime series The Tudors. Quickly proving her talents, things have only gotten better for Dormer as she was then cast in 2012 as Margaery Tyrell on the widely popular HBO series, Game of Thrones.
While continuing to work on Game of Thrones, Dormer has also appeared in six episodes as Jamie Moriarty in the CBS series Elementary in addition to recent film credits in Rush, The Hunger Games and The Forest. Despite fairly high chances of her character getting killed off in Game of Thrones, Dormer’s future looks incredibly bright especially with the upcoming release of Patient Zero in September 2016 in addition to her starring role in the revenge thriller, In Darkness.
22 – Daisy Ridley
How things can change in only a year! Now praised as the hottest movie star of 2015, very few people knew who Daisy Ridley was just 12 months ago. Hailing from London, England, the 23-year-old actress rose to stardom after wowing audiences with her performance as Rey in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Thanks to Star Wars fans flocking to theaters, the film has become the most popular in the United States and is one of the highest money-makers in film history while taking Ridley along for the ride.
Launching her career in London with minor television roles, Ridley received the shock of her life in April 2014 when Star Wars director J.J. Abrams cast her as one of the film’s lead characters. According to Abrams, choosing Ridley only followed in George Lucas’s footsteps of casting relatively unknown actors in the lead roles in the first Star Wars film in 1977. Whatever the case, there’s no doubt that Daisy Ridley is now a household name and a star with a long and bright future awaiting her in Hollywood!
21 – Angelina Jolie
Spending nearly two decades on the list of the hottest women in Hollywood, Angelina Jolie does it again after celebrating her 40th birthday in June 2015. Recognized as one of the biggest names in Hollywood, Jolie is the daughter of legendary actor Jon Voight and followed her father’s footsteps straight to the spotlight when she launched her acting career at the age of 16. By the late 1990s, Jolie was a rising star with appearances in films like George Wallace and Gia before her Academy Award-winning performance in Girl, Interrupted.
Since then, Jolie has appeared in dozens of blockbuster hits such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Alexander, Wanted and many, many more. Once married to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie reached an even greater level of fame in 2006 when she confirmed her relationship with the recently divorced Brad Pitt and announced that she was pregnant with their first child. Seven years later, Brangelina announced their engagement and sealed their status as Hollywood’s biggest power couple when they exchanged vows in 2014 in front of their six children.
20 – Gal Gadot
Starting the second half of our list with someone who a lot of people might still not know yet, we have no doubt that Israeli actress Gal Gadot will be a household name in just a matter of time. Now only 30 years old, Gadot originally planned on a career in law but after winning the Miss Israeli competition in 2004, she found herself in Ecuador competing for the Miss Universe crown. Not making it in the top 15, the 18-year-old Gadot returned to Israel where she joined the Israeli Army and completed two years of service before studying law.
Spotted by a casting director and encouraged to audition as a Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, Gadot didn’t get the part but producers thought she was a perfect fit to play Gisele in Fast & Furious. Since then, she’s appeared in Date Night and Knight and Day with her most recent role as Wonder Woman in the highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. With the movie release only days away, producers have no doubt that Gadot is destined for stardom as filming is long underway of her very own Wonder Woman, which is set to release in 2017.
19 – Penelope Cruz
Coming in at number 19 on our list is yet another familiar face and a veteran among Hollywood’s hottest, 41-year-old Penelope Cruz. Spending the last 25 years as an actress and model, Cruz launched her career in her native country of Spain at 15 years old before moving to the United States in the mid-1990s. Landing minor roles in small productions, Cruz caught a few major breaks in 2001 when she earned widespread praise for her roles in hit films like Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses and Blow.
Becoming the first Spanish actress to receive an Academy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Cruz has starred in blockbusters like Volver, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise while building her career as a model. Landing hundreds of gigs over the years, some of her most notable campaigns include Ralph Lauren and L’Oreal. But who gets to kiss those L’Oreal lips? First introduced in 1992 and again on the set of Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Cruz and the award-winning Javier Bardem dated for three years before tying the knot in 2010. They have since welcomed a son and daughter to complete their happy family of four.
18 – Natalie Portman
The second Israeli on our list, 34-year-old Natalie Portman moved to the United States with her family when she was three years old. Dreaming of becoming an actress at an early age, Portman turned down the opportunity to model for Revlon at the age of 10 to focus on her acting career. Her hard work soon paid off as the young hopeful made her feature film debut in the 1994 action thriller Leon: The Professional before turning her attention back to finishing her education.
In the midst of completing her senior year in high school, Portman was cast as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy that was released in 1999, 2002 and 2005. Her growing fame, however, didn’t stop her from enrolling in Harvard and completing her degree in 2003 while juggling movie premieres and finals. With plenty of major roles since then in films like Thor, V for Vendetta and No Strings Attached, Portman is not only beautiful she’s also one of the most ambitious women in Hollywood with an Academy Award, two Golden Globes and dozens of others to prove it!
17 – Marion Cotillard
Believe it or not, there is only one French actress on our list and that’s 40-year-old Paris native Marion Cotillard. Growing up in an artistic family, Cotillard began acting as a child when she appeared in one of her father’s plays before making her way into French cinema in the mid-1990s. Moving to Hollywood in 2003, Cotillard’s first film in America was Big Fish, which she followed up with a streak of critically acclaimed films including A Very Long Engagement and Innocence before her breakthrough as a talented leading lady.
Since 2009, the French beauty has starred in huge box office hits such as Public Enemies, Inception, Midnight in Paris and The Dark Knight Rises all while expanding her talents as a singer, songwriter, model and philanthropist. Often recognized as the face of Lady Dior handbags, the award-winning Cotillard managed to break thousands of hearts in 2007 when she started dating French actor Guillaume Canet. Cotillard gave birth to their son in 2011 and has continuously denied rumors of being secretly married to Canet, which leads us to wonder if wedding bells will ring anytime soon!
16 – Lucy Hale
Sweet 16 on our list is a breathtaking Hollywood star who actually had plans on becoming a singer before ever considering a career in acting. Lucy Hale left her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 15 and set her sights on Hollywood but, instead of signing a record deal, she landed a minor role on Drake & Josh which opened the door to other opportunities on hit shows like How I Met Your Mother. By 2009, Hale had already made her film debut in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 before skyrocketing to stardom as Aria Montgomery on the popular series Pretty Little Liars.
Now at 26 years old and continuing to work on the series, Hale has also been involved in films such as Scream 4, A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song and the upcoming Dude in addition to following her dreams of becoming a singer. In 2014, Hale released her debut album – Road Between – and has established herself as not only a talented and award-winning actress but also as a rising country star with her album reaching number 14 on the country charts. Who said she couldn’t have it all?
15 – Nina Dobrev
The only Bulgarian on our list comes in at number 15 and is 27-year-old Nina Dobrev. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria but moving with her family to Canada when she was a child, Dobrev spent her childhood in dance and acting classes before landing the part of Mia Jones on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Starring in over 50 episodes from 2006 to 2009, Dobrev left the series and joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries as Elena Gilbert from 2009 until 2015.
While building her fame as a rising television star, Dobrev was also turning heads on the silver screen with roles in films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Let’s Be Cops and The Final Girls. Once making headlines with her very public relationship with Dancing with the Stars choreographer Derek Hough, Dobrev is now dating fellow actor Austin Stowell as she wraps up filming for the 2017 release of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.
14 – Olivia Wilde
Combing the best of Irish, English and American heritage for the next gorgeous star on our list, we turn to the lovely Olivia Wilde. Now at 32 years old, Wilde made her mark among teenagers in 2004 when she played Alex Kelly on The O.C. before garnering even more attention as Jenny Reilly on The Black Donnellys. From there, Wilde finally found a series that stuck when she was cast as Dr. Remy Hadley on House before leaving the series in 2011 with the hopes of becoming a movie star.
Proving to be an excellent albeit risky decision to leave the series, Wilde has starred in hit films such as Tron: Legacy, In Time, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and The Change-Up with a recurring role on HBO’s hit drama series, Vinyl. Currently engaged to Hollywood funnyman Jason Sudeikis, Wilde gave birth to the couple’s first child, Otis, in 2014, and still looks hotter than ever. And, as for coming in at number 14 on our list, the New York native should be used to it by now after being included on dozens of similar lists not to mention being named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian!
13 – Jennifer Aniston
The oldest member on our list (who doesn’t look anywhere close to her age) is our favorite Friends star, 46-year-old Jennifer Aniston. The daughter of actors, Aniston first appeared in the short-lived television series Molloy and in B-level movies before landing the role as Rachel Green in Friends. While many believed the entire cast of Friends would become superstars in Hollywood, Aniston’s girl-next-door persona and sense of style helped her shine brighter than everyone else.
Earning a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for the series, Aniston has gone on to star in dozens of movies such as Bruce Almighty, Horrible Bosses, We’re the Millers and many more. Ranked as one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, Aniston was also once half of Hollywood’s hottest couple when she married Brad Pitt in 2000. Despite a highly publicized divorce in 2005 when Pitt left her for number 21 on our list, Angelina Jolie, Aniston has found happiness and love once again after tying the knot with actor Justin Theroux in 2015.
12 – Victoria Justice
It seems appropriate to follow up the oldest member on our list with the youngest, 22-year-old Victoria Justice. Hailing from Hollywood, Florida, Justice has been acting for over a decade after landing her first major role as Lola on the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101. Appearing on over 50 episodes for the show until its end in 2008, Justice made a few other appearances on Nickelodeon series such as True Jackson, iCarly and The Penguins of Madagascar before being given her own series, Victorious, in 2010.
Launching her music career alongside her television series, Justice wrapped up the show in 2013 after 58 episodes but continued to build her film career with appearances in Eye Candy, Undateable and Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life. Although many are still waiting on her to land her first leading role in a film, there’s plenty of time for that as her fans look forward to her performance as Janet Weiss in the upcoming television version of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
11 – Emilia Clarke
Returning to British actresses and the HBO hit series Game of Thrones for the next hottest actress on our list, we turn our attention to London native Emilia Clarke. A standout student at the University of London as a performer, Clarke was only on stage for a short period of time before being cast as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. With the series ranking as one of the biggest phenomena in television over the last decade, Clarke has become a huge star.
Receiving two Emmy Award nominations for her performance, the 29-year-old Clarke also earned the Askmen.com title of “Most Desirable Woman” in 2014. After turning down the leading female role as Anastasia Steele in 50 Shades of Grey, Clarke accepted the role as Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys in 2015 only to be named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive. With less than a dozen acting credits to her name and barely scratching the surface of her talents, there’s no question that this British beauty will be in Hollywood for quite some time.
10 – Emma Stone
Making our way to the top 10 on our list, we start with Scottsdale, Arizona native Emma Stone. Now only 27 years old, Stone made her debut on VH1’s reality show In Search of the New Partridge Family and made a handful of minor television appearances on shows like Medium and Malcolm in the Middle before finding stardom after switching to film. Making her silver screen debut in the 2007 comedy Superbad, Stone continued to prove her talents as a leading lady across all genres.
Receiving widespread praise for her performance in Zombieland, Stone earned a Golden Globe nomination for the 2010 comedy Easy A before following up the hit with The Amazing Spider-Man. In 2014, Stone made headlines again for her performance in Birdman and earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress only to lose the Oscar to Patricia Arquette. Having made her Broadway debut in 2014, we can’t wait to see what’s next for one of our favorite redheads in Hollywood!
9 – Megan Fox
Having spent quite some time as one of Hollywood’s hottest sex symbols, it’s hard to believe that Tennessee native Megan Fox is only 29 years old. First grabbing attention as a guest star on Two and a Half Men, Fox was soon cast as the super sexy Mikaela Barnes opposite Shia LaBeouf in Transformers. Earning the Breakthrough Performance Award at the MTV Movie Awards, Fox reprised the role in the 2009 sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Leaving the Transformers series after a publicized dispute with director Michael Bay, Fox starred in the black comedy horror film Jennifer’s Body in 2009 and Jonah Hex in 2011. Often cast in oversexualized roles to mirror her sultry look, many criticize Fox’s acting abilities and argue that there’s little more than her pretty face and sex appeal. Regardless, Fox is still a megastar in Hollywood with numerous titles as one of the sexiest women alive not to mention dozens of covers on magazines like Maxim, FHM and Rolling Stone.
8 – Kate Upton
Perhaps a controversial pick for our list since she is better known as a model, 23-year-old Kate Upton has a handful of acting credits in addition to dozens of magazine covers and catwalks that make her a fair addition to the list. Born in Michigan and raised in Florida, Upton signed her first modeling contract the same day she went to a casting call for Elite Model Management. It didn’t take long before she moved to the biggest company in the business, the illustrious IMG.
Since making her modeling debut in 2008, Upton has modeled everything from Dooney & Bourke to Guess but is best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Picking up titles like “The Woman of Summer” from Esquire along the way, Upton has proven her talents as an actress over the past few years with appearances in films like Tower Heist, The Three Stooges and The Other Woman. In 2016, Upton will grace the silver screen once again with the release of two more films, The Layover and The Disaster Artist.
7 – Sofia Vergara
Hailing all the way from Colombia, it should be no surprise that 43-year-old Sofia Vergara nears the top our list at number seven. First launching her career in the late 1990s as a television cohost on the Spanish network Univision, Vergara made her move to Hollywood in the early 2000s when she landed roles in movies like Soul Plane, Four Brothers and two Tyler Perry hits, Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail.
Well on her way to stardom with hits like The Smurfs, Happy Feet Two, Chef and Hot Pursuit, Vergara quickly became a standout star recognized for her accent and killer figure thanks to her role as Gloria on ABC’s hit series Modern Family. In 2014 and in true Vergara fashion, the Colombian star announced her engagement to actor Joe Manganiello which followed with an extravagant wedding in 2015 that took yet another one of Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies off the market.
6 – Blake Lively
Born into what many consider one of Hollywood’s famous families, 28-year-old Blake Lively has her parents – an actor and a talent scout – to thank for helping her on the road to fame. While attending high school in Los Angeles, Lively auditioned for a handful of movies during her holiday break when she landed a leading role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in what would become her breakout performance. From there, she landed roles in films like Accepted and Simon Says before her career would change once again.
Cast in 2007 as Serena van der Woodsen in the CW hit drama Gossip Girl, Lively spent five years and 121 episodes on the series while starring in movies like The Town, Green Lantern and Savages. First dating her Gossip Girl costar Penn Badgley for three years, Lively had just broken off things with Badgley when she met actor Ryan Reynolds on the set of Green Lantern. By October 2011, Lively and Reynolds were a couple and dated for another year before marrying in 2012. Giving birth to their daughter in 2014, Lively definitely makes motherhood look good as she spends her time as a celebrity homemaker and self-proclaimed foodie.
5 – Margot Robbie
We start the top five countdown on our list with our final Australian actress, 25-year-old Margot Robbie, who is set to have a huge year in 2016 with the release of three major films – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The Legend of Tarzan and as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Long before making waves in the United States, Robbie was an Australian soap opera star on Neighbours from 2008 to 2011. As a standout on the show, she quickly captured the attention of America with roles in Pan Am, The Wolf of Wall Street and Focus.
Obviously no stranger to gaining attention for her stunning beauty, Robbie has also earned widespread praise for her acting skills as well. Famous film critic Sasha Stone even referred to Robbie as the “best blonde bombshell discovery” that Martin Scorsese has had since Cathy Moriarty from Raging Bull. If that’s the case, then there is still plenty of years left for Robbie to gain even greater fame as she continues to surprise us with her incredible talent.
4 – Emma Watson
England is well represented on our list and has earned top billing with our next actress, 25-year-old Emma Watson who takes the fourth spot on our list. Born in Paris, France but raised in Oxfordshire, Watson became a star at just 10 years old when she was cast as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. First debuting as the frizzy-haired girl who spent a decade at Hogwarts alongside Harry and Ron, few people imagined that Watson would become one of the hottest women in Hollywood.
Hanging up her cloak and wand in 2011, Watson’s career has taken off since Harry Potter more than any other actor in the series thanks to starring roles in films like The Bling Ring and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Proving to have both beauty and brains, Watson even split her time between filming projects and school from 2011 to 2014 as she completed her bachelor’s degree at Brown University. While we have no doubt she’s one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, even Disney acknowledged it after casting her as the beautiful Belle in the 2017 live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
3 – Jessica Alba
Though she hasn’t had many starring roles over the last few years, 34-year-old Jessica Alba is still one of the hottest women in Hollywood. First taking the stage in the early 1990s at the age of 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack, Alba rose to stardom as Max Geuvara on the James Cameron series Dark Angel in the early 2000s. Leaving many stunned by her beauty, Alba was soon cast in leading roles in hits like Sin City, Into the Blue and Fantastic Four.
Lately, Alba’s most recent film role has been in the 2014 sequel to Sin City but that’s only because she’s busy building her $340 million net worth thanks to her business venture with The Honest Company, which sells non-toxic household products. Though we’ll see more of Alba this year in films like The Veil and Mechanic: Resurrection, Alba is definitely taking it easy and proving that with her looks, money and talent, she really does seem to have it all.
2 – Mila Kunis
Reaching the final two women on our list, the runner-up as the hottest woman in Hollywood is 32-year-old Ukrainian Mila Kunis. Moving from the Ukraine to Los Angeles at seven years old, Kunis became a star as a teenager when she landed the role of Jackie on That 70’s Show. Spending 200 episodes on the series until its final season in 2006, Kunis has also had another long-running role that many don’t realize since she is the voice of Meg Griffin on the hit animated series Family Guy.
Making her film debut in 2008 in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Kunis has become a big movie star in recent years thanks to starring roles in a variety of films like Ted, Black Swan and Jupiter Ascending. Apart from her talents as an actress, Kunis has also made headlines because of her interesting relationships after dating Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin and tying the knot with her former That 70’s Show costar Ashton Kutcher in 2015. Giving birth to their son Wyatt in 2014, Kunis joined the ranks of many others on our list as a proud member of the “Hot Moms Club.”
1 – Scarlett Johansson
Taking the top spot on our list as the hottest woman in Hollywood is someone who has spent the last decade all over the hottest lists, 31-year-old American beauty Scarlett Johansson. As one of the timeless beauties of film, Johansson made her film debut in the 1994 hit North before receiving widespread praise for her performance in The Horse Whisperer and Ghost World. From there, she transitioned into adult roles where she’s proven her talents across all genres from comedies and dramas to superhero flicks.
Known for her outstanding performances in blockbusters like The Avengers, Don Jon and Lucy, Johansson has never been nominated for a single Academy Award although she took home a BAFTA Award for Lost in Translation alongside the legendary Bill Murray. There’s no need to worry, however, as Johansson has barely scratched the surface of her talent not to mention the fact that she’s brought home dozens of titles as “Sexiest Woman Alive” and “Sexiest Celebrity” from the likes of Esquire and Playboy that leave little room for doubt about this Hollywood star’s beauty and talent!