Kate Walsh, Shape Magazine Kate Walsh, Shape Magazine

Private Practice star Kate Walsh didn't have to be coerced into posing nude for the cover of Shape's March issue. In fact, it was her idea.

The magazine has asked celebrities to pose nude in the past, but none has been willing, according to WWD. Walsh, on the other hand, suggested the pictorial herself, and the editors immediately hopped on board.

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"I'm enjoying my 40s and wanted to share that," the 44-year-old actress told the magazine. "Right now, I feel really healthy, confident, and sexy."Walsh admits that she's open to certain beauty fixes — like facials and laser treatments — but that's where she draws the line. "We live in a strange time when getting plastic surgery is as common as dyeing your hair," she says. "But in my profession, I need a malleable face."The issue hits newsstands on Monday, Feb. 27.