Actress Paz de la Huerta's nude modelling career has come full circle - her new Playboy spread was shot by the same photographer who first caught the Boardwalk Empire star in the flesh at 17.

The 28 year old is the cover girl for the January/February 2013 issue of America's Playboy magazine and top snapper Mario Sorrenti was the man behind the lens for the saucy beach shoot, in which a totally naked De La Huerta stretches out on the rocks and sand.

She says, "I've been taking photographs... with Mario since I was 14. 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."

And she's thrilled by Sorrenti's latest nude shots: "We did the photos with no make-up, 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."