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Hart Turned Down $1 Million to Pose Nude in 'Playboy'

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Apr 21, 2009 | 10:47am EDT

Former teen star Melissa Joan Hart considered baring all in a raunchy shoot for men's magazine Playboy during her heyday on TV hit Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

The actress was desperate to shed the good-girl image she earned though roles on kids TV hits Sabrina and Clarissa Explains It All, and came close to accepting Playboy boss Hugh Hefner's $1 million offer.

She tells NYPost.com's PopWrap blog, "They came around and offered me a million dollars, which I had to seriously consider. Initially it's like, 'Yeah, I'll take my clothes off for a million bucks, are you kidding?' It's the big question: what will you do for a million dollars?"

Hart, now a 33-year-old mother of two, turned down Hefner but agreed to strip to her underwear for rival magazine Maxim.

But she soon regretted her decision when she saw the humiliation it caused for one of her younger brothers.

Explaining her decision, she says, “I was 23 years old... and I went through a time where I was a little wild. I actually showed up at the photo shoot from the Playboy Mansion, so it was like, ‘Oh, big deal -- bra and panties, that's what I saw everybody in all night.’ I had no idea how big that was going to be. (From that experience) I learned that I didn't want to do Playboy. But I decided that because of the reaction I got from Maxim I wasn't comfortable -- and my brother had that cover shoved in his face for months. That made me say no."

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