Stars Get Intimate About Shooting Sex Scenes

Celebrities dish on what it’s like getting down and dirty with each other for sex scenes.

Tara Block of TrèsSugar tells us what the stars actually think when filming sex scenes.

In this Friday’s The Lucky OneZac Efron joins the steamy celebs who have been practicing their acting skills between the sheets. And while many actors and actresses — like Lena Dunham — say that onscreen sex isn’t quite as enjoyable as the real deal, some stars get really into it. Kristen Stewart’s Breaking Dawn sex scene was so hot it had to be taken down a notch for its PG-13 rating, and Amanda Seyfried told W magazine she’s a big fan of sex scenes. Amanda rolls around in the hay with Justin Timberlake in In Time, but she dishes that her sexiest love-making scene was actually with a lady. She said:

Jennifer’s Body is my favorite movie that I’ve done. It was overlooked in theaters, but it does have a DVD following. I can’t believe nobody wanted to see Megan Fox and me hitting it. They had an extreme close-up of our tongues, and I’m telling you, the thing about the scene is that it’s actually really sexy. For a young girl to say that about her own sex scene — it must be because it’s special. I think Megan and I kissed really well together. We have similar kissing styles and it worked.

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From spanking to slobber to ripped pillows, get the first-hand experiences of shooting a sex scene from some of Hollywood’s sexiest stars.

Cameron Diaz

“Yes, yes. It was just [an] absurdity, a form of hilarity for all of us involved. We went to work that day and said, ‘What time do we start being ridiculous? . . . Eight o’clock? Perfect.'”

— On her sex scene with ex Justin Timberlake in Bad Teacher

Ryan Gosling

“The sex felt real — it wasn’t sexy or ‘a sex scene,’ and that’s why we got into trouble. You shouldn’t be penalized for doing a good job.”

— On his controversial sex scenes with Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

Keira Knightley

“There was a box which he hit, so he was nowhere near me, thank God! I did actually say to Michael before one of the scenes — I was like, ‘I’ve got a security guard outside. You touch me and he’s gonna break your legs!’ And he was like, ‘Keira, you’re tied to a bed. You’re not really in a position to say that.’ I said, ‘I guess you’re right.’ . . . [I did] a couple of shots of vodka — definitely — beforehand, and then a couple of glasses of champagne as a celebration of never having to do that again!”

— On her spanking scene with Michael Fassbender in A Dangerous Method

Robert Pattinson

“I wanted to have it as a line so much, ‘I bit through all the pillows. Every. Single. One.’ . . . By the way, that’s what he should be ashamed of in the morning. All those beautiful pillows! Egyptian cotton! ‘I ruined this bed!'”

— On his sex scene with Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn

Jake Gyllenhaal

“I’ve had a pretty illustrious career at this point, but the hardest thing has been pretending to be turned on by Anne Hathaway. And I pride myself on really having pulled it off.”

— On his sex scene with Anne Hathaway in Love and Other Drugs

Reese Witherspoon

“Rob possibly had the most hideous horrible cold of any co-star I’ve ever had to do a love scene with ever in my entire life. He was literally snorting and snotting through every second of it — and it was not appealing. I’m talking green, infectious, disgusting — I’m not kidding!”

— On her sex scene with Robert Pattinson in Water For Elephants

Mila Kunis

“[We] got to have very uncomfortable scenes for two weeks . . . I mean, regardless there’s like 150 crew men watching and you see each other’s bits and pieces. The whole thing is just wrong.”

— On her sex scenes with Justin Timberlake in Friends With Benefits

Michael Fassbender

“Sex scenes can be quite awkward. As a guy, the first thing you want to do is make sure you’re not taking advantage. You don’t want the girl to feel like you’re getting a free feel or something. I try to make a fool of myself in one way or another to lighten the mood and then just go for it, because you don’t want to be doing take after take.”

— On his sex scenes with Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre

Amanda Seyfried

“Sex scenes are great. A lot of my costars have been sexy guys my age, and so, why not? I’m not going to pretend it’s not fun. Justin was great — he had come from doing Friends With Benefits, where he basically had sex every day at work — and so it was easy for both of us. We just kind of got it on, and then were like, ‘That was good!'”

— On her sex scenes with Justin Timberlake in In Time

Ryan Reynolds

“So in the scene she’s sitting there, and I take her top off, I take her bra off, and she has those pasties on, but she’s drawn these adorable little smiley faces on them. And I forget every line in the scene. Not just from this movie, from every movie I’ve done.”

— On his sex scene with Olivia Wilde in The Change-Up

Kristen Stewart

“There are two big sex scenes in the two [final] films, and we did them fairly early. It was so weird, it didn’t even feel like we were doing a scene within a Twilight film. I was like, ‘Bella! What are you doing? Wow! What is happening here?!’ It was very surreal.”

— On her sex scene with Robert Pattinson in Breaking Dawn

Zac Efron

“From his past films, [director Scott Hicks] is incredible with capturing the love in those scenes. Everyone builds those scenes up. There is sort of a fear inherent in everyone else so me and Taylor weren’t afraid at all.”

— On his sex scenes with Taylor Schilling in The Lucky One

Lena Dunham

“I will be lying there, kind of being slammed by a naked body, thinking, ‘I want out of this bed. I want out of this scene. I want out of this life. Who did this to me?’ And I realized, I’m my own boss. I’ve written it. I’m directing it. I’m the person holding myself in sexual slavery.”

— On her sex scenes in Girls

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  1. I kind of always assumed they were faking it… Like in softcore porn.

  2. wellokaythen says:

    I’m surprised there was nothing in the article about body doubles. Some of the “star sex scenes” are not actually the work of the stars but of other people. It’s not just the lights and make-up that’s flattering. Sometimes it’s the substitution that’s the most flattering.

  3. Most every time I watch a sex scene I really lose the thread of the movie and go right to “how do they do that with the lights, crew, cameras, assorted hanger-on’s around” I am in awe of their craft.

  4. I’m curious why there’s a link to the Lisa Solod article in there?

    As for the rest, well disappointing. There’s a grand total of one mention of a non-hetero scene, and surprise it’s about two women. Oh, and in the quote about the scene, the actress makes a joke about how she would expect people would want to see her and another woman (Megan Fox, specifically) getting it on. So even the one reference to a gay sex scene was made for a heteronormative audience. Thanks.

    Couldn’t have thrown in a James Franco quote, or a Ewan McGregor or Jim Carrey quote about I Love You Philip Morris, or heck even something Gyllenhaal said about Brokeback Mountain? Or how about the rather funny story McGregor’s got about his sex scene in Velvet Goldmine? Come on!

    I get that they wanted proper stars, but there actually are quite a few stars who’ve done gay sex scenes.

  5. So they actually do penetrate? Can’t say that wouldn’t be a lil awkward…but hell, work is work!:P

    • Theorema Egregium says:

      Of course they do! And in the fight scenes they get really hurt too. And in the end they die for real as well. 😀


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