5 Stars Who’ve Felt Uncomfortable With Their Own On-Screen Nudity

Posted by PZ on January 28th, 2013

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It must be hard to strip off while on set for any actor or actress. Now only do they have to take their clothes off in front of people they don’t know and film an awkward scene which shows off their bodies, but they also have to worry about how the end result will turn out such as if they’re body will look good when it hits the screen – and they’re going to have to watch it all back when the film’s finished too, coming face-to-face with their own on-screen nudity! These 5 stars all have admitted that filming on-screen nude scenes can be extremely awkward for plenty of reasons.


Rachel Weisz


Rachel often felt uncomfortable stripping off on set but was aided by the director when she starred in ‘Stealing Beauty’ as he put her at ease and these days is more used to it: ”It is difficult to feel comfortable when you’re acting and you are naked. I was naked in my first movie … and the director, Bernardo Bertolucci, sort of made me feel ridiculous even to be worrying about showing my breasts.”

James Franco

James believes that it’s always an uncomfortable situation to be put in: “There’s just something uncomfortable about that (being naked on set). I felt like the girl in those teen movies that pops out of the hot tub topless. I was like, ‘All right, it’s Gus Van Sant, I’ll do whatever.’ I was just happy to be there.”

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake thinks it’s hard to strip off on screen but you have to try to let go: “It’s uncomfortable when you’re naked on set, but I do feel like an old hand at it at this point. I’ve done some pretty crazy things already. My parents taught me to feel comfortable about my body. They told me there’s a beauty in whatever you are. Also, I feel it’s very important to portray love and sex in the right way. Besides, in our case, we’d already had faux movie sex in ‘Brokeback Mountain’. So we were relatively comfortable.”

Gemma Arterton

Gemma was nervous about the nude scenes in ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’ but had to do it: “It is nerve-wracking. I loved the script and I said yes to it, so I was like, right, this is going to happen, I’m going to do it, and both the boys had to do it too get naked, and I’m going to commit to it and I’m not going to complain. Otherwise I wouldn’t say yes to the job in the first place. I think it’s like doing a love scene or a kissing scene, any scene that’s weird, you just have to get on with it, it’s part of the job. And if it’s necessary, which it is in this film, it’s weird. We all have to do weird things in our jobs.”

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda never knows how to react when she sees herself naked on screen: “It’s fun to finally feel sexy. I mean, I’ve been disconnected with the sexual side of me. I know it’s in me, but it doesn’t really reveal itself very often in my personal life. Which I do find problematic! And I am working through that, and finding that side of me. [But] I don’t know what to do with my hands when those sex scenes come on! I usually cover my eyes when I’m doing something.questionable! So it’s really awkward for me. I can never really wrap my head around how I’m supposed to behave, or how I’m supposed to feel.”

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