7. “PADME AMIDALA” IN STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002)Classification: Sci-fi sexy
Why Attack Of The Clones and not, say, The Phantom Menace? It’s simply a matter of relating to the films’ hero, Anakin. In The Phantom Menace, he’s young enough to still think that Portman’s Queen Amidala is still covered with cooties; however, though he’s played by the empty vessel that is Hayden Christensen in Attack Of The Clones, Anakin is of the age when it’s acceptable for George Lucas to set up an obligatory romance. In turn, it’s much easier to see Amidala in a sexually desirable light.
Unlike Princess Leia, Amidala is a woman of extreme power, moving up the political ladder from princess to queen to senator. Even in silly intergalactic universes, there’s very little sexier than beautiful ladies in positions that enable them to rule with mighty fists, even if Amidala is more peaceful than tyrannical. A bit more edge would’ve done both the mostly forgotten character some good; when was the last time you saw chicks dressed as the more conservative Amidala and not the two-piece-clad Leia?