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Let's just go ahead and admit it—sex is awkward. That's not to say we don't all love doing it, but, unless it's with someone you either a) have feelings for or b) have had enough to drink that you have "feelings" for that night, talking about it or, more so, acting it out can be strange.
And if you've ever sat there watching a sex scene in a movie and thought to yourself, "I wonder how the actors do that without being completely turned on and/or weirded out, well, some of your favorite actors have spilled the beans.
Per an interview with The Independent, here's what some of them had to say.
Mila Kunis: “It’s hard to have a sex scene, period. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friend, a male, a female. You’re with 100-something crew members, lighting you, repositioning you. There’s no comfort whatsoever.”
Kate Winslet: “You can literally be tangled in sheets and you turn to the other actor and say, 'What the f**k are we doing?' Dear Mum, at work today I had so-and-so's left nut sack pressed against my cheek. It's sort of unethical if you think about it in those terms.”
Anne Hathaway: “There is that revoltingly embarrassing moment when you have to take your clothes off in front of strangers. But as with all things in life, the second you stop making it about you and you make it about everyone else, it just gets, dare I say, fun.”
Dakota Johnson: “Filming a sex scene is not a sensual or pleasurable environment. It’s really hot - not in a steamy, sexual way. It’s just sweaty and not very comfortable. On top of that, my hands and legs were tied, I was blindfolded and I was being hit with this bizarre tool [in Fifty Shades of Grey]. It was emotionally taxing.”
Rosamund Pike: “You’re 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.”
Jennifer Lawrence: “Everything was done right; nobody did anything wrong. It’s just a bizarre experience,” she told The Hollywood Reporter during the annual actress roundtable. “It’s really weird.”
Lawrence tried to calm the nerves by pouring herself some strong beverages but, as is too often the case with booze, getting “really really drunk” only made matters worse.
“It led to more anxiety when I got home because I was like, ‘What have I done? I don’t know.’” she said. “He was married, and it was going to be my first time kissing a married man and guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach.
And while most actresses don't sound too comfortable with it, leave it to ol' Hugh Grant to talk about how enjoyable it can be.
“Love scenes are extremely difficult. You’re always within a millimetre of sentimentality and yuck,” he told W magazine. “But sex scenes are something else. 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.”
Grant has said before that he has “always enjoyed sex scenes” but what do his fellow actors have to say about the experience of getting their kit off in front of a roomful of cast and crew?
I don't know what some of these people are complaining about, I mean, I'm pretty much acting every time I have sex, thinking I'm either filming a hardcore porno or a Cinemax film, so I'd happily "act" it out on film for a couple hundred bucks as a stunt double if they want me to.
You can read some of the other actors/actresses replies to sex scenes on The Independent
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