Mila Kunis Thinks Filming ‘Friends With Benefits’ Was ‘Just Wrong’

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake star in the 2011 rom-com, Friends With Benefits. And although Kunis enjoyed working with Timberlake, she says that filming the sex scenes in the movie was pretty uncomfortable. The way those scenes were shot, Kunis says, was “just wrong.”

"Friends with Benefits" premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on July 18, 2011 in New York City
“Friends with Benefits” premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on July 18, 2011 in New York City | Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Mila Kunis didn’t like the ‘Friends With Benefits’ script at first

According to the talented actor, she had a hard time getting into the script when she first read it. She claims the original script was really “dated,” yet fortunately, she had a conversation with the director and helped alter the script, so it was more modern.

“When I got the script, it was very dated, but I knew it made for a funny movie, so I took a meeting with [director] Will Gluck,” she told Stylist (via Yahoo! News.) “Will, Justin, and I went out to dinner, and that’s when we realized we wanted the same thing for the movie. We were able to workshop it, rewrite the script and tailor the characters to what we feel our generation is like now.”

Mila Kunis was ‘uncomfortable’ filming the sex scenes in ‘Friends with Benefits’

According to Kunis, filming Friends with Benefits could get pretty uncomfortable at times considering the unnatural nature of filming a sex scene. A moment that is supposed to be so intimate in real life is totally different when you’re on a film set, because, according to Kunis, you’re surrounded by crewmen who are seeing parts of you that you don’t want to them to see.

She said, according to The Huffington Post, “(we) got to have very uncomfortable scenes for two weeks. There’s like 150 crewmen watching, and you see each other’s bits and pieces,” she said. “The whole thing is just wrong.”

“I didn’t have any problem with Justin taking his clothes off,” she told The Daily Telegraph. “But I’m incredibly insecure about my figure in my private life, let alone in front of 50 crew members. There was a lot of insecurity. There were awkward moments, but the great thing was that Justin and I were friends, so at least I was with someone I knew who was also uncomfortable.”

“Two weeks in, you become a little less concerned, but you’re still uncomfortable,” said Kunis. “There’s a lot of people seeing parts of you that don’t necessarily want to be seen.”

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Kunis has been in a handful of steamy scenes throughout her career, from Black Swan to Forgetting Sarah Marshall. And while these moments usually add some heat to the films, they’re not as fun to make as they are to watch. Even if she is good friends with her co-star, she feels very uncomfortable while filming these scenes.

According to Kunis, “It’s hard to have a sex scene, period,” she said, (via Maxim.) “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.”