Getting undressed on camera is something Hollywood stars have lots of stories about. No matter if they are playing in a choreographed love scene or have in shower, many well-known actors and actresses have been seen without clothes at some point. We’d like to make it clear that we are in no way trying to advocate for people to be pressured into playing in such scenes if they’re uncomfortable with it, or for films to objectify women. But suppose everyone who is involved in the process is on the same page. In that case, bareness can be an important instrument in cinematography. Also, we all love hearing what the celebs have to say about the process.
Many actors have shared their experience of being filmed undressed, but their impressions are sometimes entirely different. That’s not surprising at all. For example, Jason Segel’s funny full-frontal bareness in the movie called Forgetting Sarah Marshall was nothing like Michael Fassbender’s intense performance in Shame, in which he played the role of a person with mental health issues.
And the same type of scenes for women had to undergo even more drastic changes. Many women are now restoring their right to display themselves after a lasting tradition of objectification and exploitation by men. Jennifer Lawrence lately talked about her decision to fully undress in the movie called Red Sparrow. After her personal photos were stolen and posted four years before, she embraced the chance to show her body on her terms.
Scarlett Johansson had such a scene in the movie Under The Skin. It was essential for her to know that the script required it: having no clothes on was written into it. For the scene, the actress said it was very natural.
For her, the necessity to be filmed undressed took place in a 2001 Monster Ball. It was a love scene with Halle’s colleague Billy Bob Thornton. Together they decided to service the characters, as the actress pointed out later. She also said that she felt relieved as they only had to do it one time.
Ben Affleck’s bare scene in the movie Gone Girl felt necessary for the actor to show the true essence of the role. He wanted the viewers to see the actual personality of his character.
Even though Angelina’s most well-known scenes, in which she has no clothes on, are from the biopic Gia, she’s discussed most openly the love scene she had in the film called By The Sea with her then-husband Brad Pitt. She said that all such scenes are awkward, and it doesn’t help if it’s with a person that you actually love. They got through it only by talking about the foolishness of it all.
The actress and her husband at that time Tom Cruise did some of the most memorable intimate scenes ever in Eyes Wide Shut — but, according to Kidman, the drama we can see on the screen had nothing in common with their relationship. She claims that director Stanley Kubrick used the movie as a provocation, alleging it was their actual relationship. But it wasn’t true.
Judging by what Margo said about such scenes, she’s not at all a fan of participating in them. The actress told Vanity Fair that tons of people are looking at you at that time, and you really don’t have any other options but to get over with it, and the sooner, the better.
Anne Hathaway had her fair share of the scenes where she had no clothes on in Brokeback Mountain and Love and Other Drugs. She admits that the moment undressing with lots of strangers around you is revoltingly embarrassing. So she decided to be bare for as little as possible. But putting on the robe between the scenes disrupted the body makeup and that prolonged filming. Anne said that when she stopped making it about herself, it became fun.
Obviously, the heroine of Fifty Shades of Grey has lots of stories about undressing in front of the cameras. Even though she, of course, knew what she got herself into before they started filming, some scenes were very far away from being easy. When she was handcuffed and blindfolded in one of the scenes, she couldn’t feel completely safe. She says that it doesn’t matter that the environment is not real, and she had all the reasons to feel safe. It still gets on your nerves when your senses are deprived.