Boardwalk Empire star Paz de la Huerta has taken it all off for a new pictorial in the January/February issue of Playboy magazine.
Paz, full name María de la Paz Elizabeth Sofía Adriana de la Huerta, was interviewed for the magazine by Jeffrey Deitch, director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA).
The actress discusses why she chose to pose for Playboy, her second time doing so for the magazine and her first for the U.S. version (she posed in 2009 for the French edition).
"Cindy Crawford and Marilyn Monroe have appeared in Playboy," she says. "I celebrate nudity every day. It's our first wardrobe.
"And Mario [Sorrenti] is such an amazing photographer; he brings so much mystery and sensuality to his photographs. We did the photos with no makeup, and we both wanted them to have a very natural feeling. It was more about bringing out a part of myself that has not really been shown to the public, a more honest portrayal of where I am now in my life."
She also has high praise for photographer Sorrenti, who shot her pictorial.
"I did my first nude shoot with Mario when I was 17. He made me feel beautiful, and I really feel it was on that shoot that I overcame my fear of being naked. Mario is such an artist. He has taken photographs of me in which my body looks like a sculpture," she says.
The Jan./Feb. 2013 issue of Playboy, featuring a 10-page pictorial of Paz de la Huerta, hits newsstands Tuesday, December 18. See more at Playboy.com (some racy content but no nudity for non-members)