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“I Drank”: Actors Talk About Filming Sex Scenes in Movies

Admit it, you too have always wondered how actors who, for example, only met on the set or, on the contrary, have been friends for many years in a row, take part in sex scenes? We share stories about how the actors were doing technically and emotionally, and what they did to calm their nerves before filming.


Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street

A still from the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Margot Robbie was so nervous while filming nude in The Wolf of Wall Street that she drank three shots of tequila at nine in the morning. “I came to work that morning, shaking and so scared, I thought, ‘I can’t do this,'” the actor told the New York Times. “I did three takes, then I took my clothes off, shot the scene, and I was fine. “It really helped stop my hands from shaking and gave me some confidence.”


Jennifer Lawrence in the movie “Passengers”

A frame from the movie “Passengers”

Jennifer Lawrence used the same tactic, getting “very, very drunk” before filming a sex scene with Chris Pratt in Passengers. “Saw,” Lawrence told the Hollywood Reporter when asked how she prepared for the scene.

“I got very, very drunk. But then when I got home I got even more nervous because I thought: ‘What have I done? “I don’t know”. And he was married. And I was about to kiss a married man for the first time, and the feeling of guilt was the worst feeling. I knew it was my job, but I couldn’t tell that to my stomach, which was ready to give back the entire breakfast,” she added.


Phoebe Dynevor in “Bridgerton”

A still from the “Bridgerton” series

Phoebe Dynevor believes sex scenes should be well rehearsed and “practical”. The actress had to take part in some pretty explicit scenes during the first season of Bridgerton, and she felt comfortable during filming thanks to an on-set intimacy coach.

“We shot intimate scenes as stunt scenes; We had yoga balls or other things between us and they didn’t make us feel exposed in any way. We always felt safe. I rehearsed with Rege so many times that we both knew what we were doing. It looked so practical,” Phoebe told Glamour.

She added: “I felt so safe knowing the instructor was there so if something went wrong or the director wanted something different he could talk to her first. I think it would have been a very difficult experience if the instructor hadn’t been on set.”


Jonathan Bailey on “Bridgerton”

A still from the “Bridgerton” series

Jonathan Bailey stated that when shooting such scenes, people were always separated by at least three barriers. Phoebe’s colleague even shared that improvements were made to the way such scenes were shot during the filming of the show’s first and second seasons. He added that the coordinator of the intimate show began using props to further separate people.

“It is surprising how much the entire industry has transformed in just one year. The shoots introduced new techniques such as small pillows. If two people are filming a sex scene, the rule is that they must be separated by three barriers. There are also some activities where a semi-inflated ball can allow movement without requiring physical contact,” Jonathan told Radio Times.


Dakota Johnson in the movie “Fifty Shades Freed”

A still from the movie Fifty Shades Freed

Dakota Johnson said the underwear is often practically glued to the actors’ bodies to prevent it from falling off or moving around during filming. “I had strapless thongs with glue on them. It’s not actually glue, but the important thing is that it’s sticky. It looks like nipple paste. But even that sometimes fell off because it got worn out, and then the thong was glued to my body with superglue to keep it from falling off,” Dakota shared with Marie Claire.


Blake Lively in City of Thieves

A still from the movie City of Thieves

Blake Lively said intimate scenes aren’t always reserved for later stages of the filming process, when people become more comfortable with each other. Sometimes they are taken on the first day of shooting. While working with Ben Affleck on City of Thieves, they shot a sex scene on their first day on set. “The intimate scene was really weird. But it was my first day of shooting, so I thought it was a good way to break the ice,” Blake told Interview magazine.


Daisy Edgar-Jones in Normal People

A frame from the TV series “Normal People”

Daisy Edgar-Jones’ experience shows that filming sex scenes is like performing stunts. The actor worked with an intimacy coordinator on the set of Normal People and said preparing for intimate scenes was often a lot like rehearsing fight scenes. “The actor needs more protection because this is a show that involves physical maneuvers that he has to do realistically, just like in a movie fight,” he told Net-a-Porter.

Source: People Talk

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