Sometimes I wonder if I could ever be an actress—I mean, really, how hard could it be? It's just a bunch of memorizing lines and exaggerated gestures, no? Ha, NO. Not even remotely. That was me pontificating in the voice of a vast majority of the public. Acting isn't a cake walk, people. It's hard work. Beyond that, it's important work! I don't know about you, but I'd lose my shit without movies and television. This is why I never make quippy remarks about actors making millions of dollars—IDGAF, pay them whatever they desire! I need them to continue entertaining me so I can strictly avoid reality for the next 50+ years.
Sex scenes are no exception when it comes to the difficulties actors face. I mean, to be fair, most people are awkward in bed with people they know, at least in the beginning. Can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be on camera, in front of complete strangers, NOT for pornographic purposes. Preetttttyyyyyy damn uncomfortable.
The movie buffs over at Decider compiled a list of 10 shocking stories behind famous sex scenes and I've gotta say, it was eye-opening. Bravo, Hollywood—you guys are the real MVPs. I went ahead and picked my 5 favorites. Enjoy!
While shooting a scene that's now near-infamous, Allison Williams was desperate to make it as comfortable as possible for her partner: "I grabbed the makeup girl and said, "I want to smell like a cake," so we put vanilla cream everywhere so everything smells good. And then I'm like, "Grace, we're going to rig something invisible from the side but that feels like a pillow when he puts his face into it." And, that's what we did!," she told Vulture. "It was so elaborate -- it involved Spanx that we cut away and glued down and involved menstrual pads and two of those weird thongs."
The famous McLovin was only 17 years old while shooting this crass teen sex comedy, so a parent was required to be on set for his sex scene, which evidently was not fun for either of them: "She got there, and I had fake sexual intercourse in front of her," Mintz-Plasse said. "Afterwards we didn't talk about it; we still don't speak about that moment."
While sex between the Mother of Dragons and Khal Drogo was initially not a walk in the park, what happened when the cameras weren't rolling was a lot more lighthearted, as scene partner Jason Momoa decided to shake things up with his "modesty sock" by using a pink fluffy one instead of the traditional junk covering: "It's huge, and it's pink, and I don't know what to do!" she told Graham Norton.
Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal shared a fair amount of sex scenes in Love & Other Drugs, including one where she accidentally gets naked in front of Gyllenhaal's friend. Hathaway got a bit ahead of herself, however, when it came to getting into character: "I have to remove my trenchcoat and be nude underneath, and I thought we were filming, but it turned out we were just rehearsing and I got unnecessarily naked in front of a lot of people!"
Emmy Rossum drops her clothes on Shameless and gets down and dirty on a pretty regular basis, so they make sure to take precautionary measures to avoid accidentally going from a drama series to a porno: "We like it to be realistic but not real, but I wear something I call the 'vag pad'... it's kind of a little triangular panty liner that you stick to you," she told Chelsea Handler.
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