Many actors refuse to get naked in front of a camera. After all, when you’re a celebrity, it can be hard enough to maintain your privacy in other areas of life. But another reason actors avoid filming sex scenes is because pretending to have sex for a film can be an awkward experience.
What we see as a private moment is really awkwardly staged in front of cameras and crew members. Despite the cons, many actors will film sex scenes for the sake of their art (or a fat paycheck). These actors and actresses shared about pretending to do the deed in front of a camera. (Neil Patrick Harris’ on-screen lover dishes on filming an awkward sex scene on page 9.)
1. Julia Roberts on Pretty Woman
I had never done this kind of stuff before … They’d say “kiss” and I’d get hives.
But the funny thing is that we’d become such a family, this particular crew, we became so close to one another that by the time a scene like this came up — everyone knowing the way that I felt and you know my value ideas about it and then my own personal ideas about it and my problems with it — that by the time we got down to anything that was a bit scary everybody was more nervous about it than I was.
Pretty Woman was Julie Roberts’ first foray into a sexier movie involving intimate scenes. She and co-star Richard Gere received many accolades and became a legendary on-screen couple.
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