Take it from stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Justin Timberlake , who have been frank about the awkward mechanics of filming intimate scenes with other actors. To make the situation more comfortable, most stars request a closed set to keep pervy passersby at bay. Even so, the idea of appearing nude or semi-nude—and engaging in a very personal act—is scary for a lot of stars.
For some actors, like Luke Evans , a little liquor helps to take the edge off. Other actors, like Kirsten Dunst , would rather not dwell on it—so they will "get it done quick" in just a few takes. So, what's it really like to shoot a sex scene? Funny enough, when you're actually shooting it and you've got a whole crew around you, it's remarkably normal.
However, the odd thing that [director David Fincher] asked us to do was rehearse this scene for two hours, alone, on an empty soundstage—just [Neil Patrick Harris] and myself," she says on Late Night With Seth Meyers. You are alone with a man who's not your husband—who also has a husband—he's in his underwear, you're in your underwear, and you're sort of dry humping on a bed.
No one there's there, so then we think, 'OK, we should be professional about this. We should film this on an iPhone and see how it looks. You're there for 12 hours; it's exhausting," he tells BBC Newsbeat.
In our house, nudity wasn't a big deal, so that was never an issue for me. It was about the crew. The sex scenes that are funny, I don't care, but the ones that are actually sexual, it's like these people are seeing me be really vulnerable," she tells The New York Times. What are you not comfortable with? You try and throw away the safety nets and not worry where the camera's gonna be or how you're gonna look or worry about looking ugly.
News of filming with Ryan Guzman. They are uncomfortable, but your job as an actress or an actor is to make it believable, and this movie in particular…hinges on if that was believable, that it was enough to make this guy go insane.
The conventional response to sex scenes is that they're horrible and not sexy and it's all so unnatural. But I've always found filming sex scenes to be quite a turn-on.
I like the experience of being in a sexual position when you're not supposed to be in one. If you interview any actor about having to do sex scenes, you always the same answer: I am here to tell you they are all lying. Every last one of 'em," she writes in Why Not Me? But then that led to more anxiety when I got home because I was like, 'What have I done? And it was going to be my first time kissing a married man, and guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach.
And I knew it was my job, but I couldn't tell my stomach that. And you don't know what's too much. You want to do it real, you want everything to be real, but then That was the most vulnerable I've ever been. I think somebody told me—and I'm not sure who the actor was; I think it was Sir Laurence Olivier who said it I think he said something to the effect of, 'I apologize if I get aroused and I apologize if I do not get aroused.
It's really hot—not in a steamy, sexual way. It's just sweaty and it's not very comfortable. And on top of that, my hands and legs were tied, and I was blindfolded, and I was being hit with this bizarre tool.
I take my hands away and I look down at my hands and there's two frickin' smiley faces on them and I have no idea what to do. The scene is over now And I reflexively, like an idiot, just put my hands right back on her breasts.
And I think I'm doing it to cover them up, but I'm realizing now that it's a very fine line between chivalry and, you know, workplace sexual assault. Why wouldn't we take advantage of that? We don't get to see black lust in a normalized and natural way that isn't hyper-sexualized," she tells Cosmopolitan. Sometimes it's good sex, sometimes it's bad sex, sometimes it's revenge sex.
There's so many different facets. It's such a privilege to show that and it feels so real. The writer in me is always excited to write those scenes. The performer is like, 'Oh, s--t. Why the f--k did I write this because I got to do it? My paranoia is, the girl I'm doing the sex scene with will think I'm getting off on her," he tells The Daily Record. It had to be transcendent and otherworldly, inhuman, better sex than you can possibly ever imagine, and we were like, 'How do we live up to that?
Which sucks, because I wanted it to be so good. You meet each other and then you're grinding—you don't even know her name, barely. You have 20 crew members who are also watching you do it.
And then, of course, for me, I woke up that morning and I had a giant pimple on my ass I had to go to the makeup artist who I had also met that week and be like, 'Can we go in the other room and you'll put makeup literally on my ass?
It doesn't matter if it's a friend, a male, a female. You're with something crew members, lighting you, re-positioning you," she tells The Huffington Post. Sex scenes, first of all, are very easy to do, because you're usually given somebody to work with who is very beautiful and attractive, so that makes it much easier, do you know what I mean?
I'm telling you, you do two days of shooting sex scenes on a film set, you'll be exhausted after it. You'll get back to your partner, you won't wanna touch them. You'll be like, 'I just wanna have a bath.
I want to say, 'This is why I'm attracted to you. It's gotten to this point. This is what my body looks like,'" she tells Variety. I saw it as an opportunity for a dark-skinned actress of 50 to be in a role that's sexualized, not sexy. There's a difference between sexualized and sexy.
It never gets any less…not traumatic, that's the wrong word…not embarrassing…it can be a bit awkward," she tells Women's Health. It's all about camera angles; you have to recreate the moment so many times. It's just timing and technical. The very last thing it is is sexy. The actual physicality is very uncomfortable. All you're doing is smacking your nuts against someone, and nothing is going in She's basically rubbing herself all over me and, um, it got a bit hard. I had to apologize profusely afterward.
It's not great when you're in a professional acting environment and somebody gets a boner, is it? Get on with it. Because I'm in a very committed relationship, and I'm also cognizant that it's not my girlfriend's favorite part of my job. It's a delicate balance to strike—to be emotionally open enough to have an experience that feels honest between two people but also maintain that it's just for the film.
It's not my favorite thing to do. I'm also a germophobe," he tells Elle. I've been profoundly germophobic since I was a young child. I don't want to kiss anyone but my girlfriend for my whole life. There's not one guy who works on that show who hasn't seen the inside of my vagina," she tells The Hollywood Reporter.
This patch—you glue it over your vagina. It gets sweaty and always falls off. My male co-stars, at the end of the day, don't care I never understand when people say, 'Sex scenes are so mechanical; it doesn't feel like anything.
There's a certain point where you go, 'F--k it, I'm already wet. I'm not going to get any less wet so I might as well enjoy how this feels,'" he tells Playboy of his onscreen romp with Kristen Wiig's character. And I am not a small human being. I weigh at least pounds and I'm 6-foot And Wiig is a twig; she's a skinny little thing. I told her, 'Just punch me in the side if I'm hurting you.
I actually went up to [co-creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss] and thanked them. I was like, 'That's a scene I've been waiting for! That, in itself, is so antifeminist.
Women hating on other women is just the problem. That's upsetting, so it's kind of wonderful to have a scene where I was like, 'There you go! During the scene, it's fine.