Most actors will tell you that shooting sex scenes can be pretty awkward. We’ve all heard the stories about how camera crews and directors can make a love scene especially uncomfortable by being close to the actors while they are nearly naked and pretending to be deeply in love. There are also stories about actors who had to pretend to make love to each other on screen, when they actually hated each other in real life.
However, there are some actors who admit that they like filming sex scenes. It’s a chance to get to know another actor intimately without cheating on one’s significant other. Of course, it’s also a chance for actors to show their range and depth, but we can bet not too many of them are thinking about that when they’re “in the moment”. Some actors even admit that they get a little “excited” when shooting these scenes. Yes, there are usually covers for actors’ private parts during love scenes, but that’s not always enough for actors to keep things “professional”. And hey, sometimes your body betrays you and displays your true feelings before you have a chance to regain control. Here are 12 actors who admit to being aroused during filming.
12 Mindy Kaling
Actor, director and writer Mindy Kaling, has admitted that she actually likes when a show she’s in, calls for a sex scene. She also says that lots of actors enjoy this, but they’re just afraid to admit it. After all, it’s not very smart to publicly admit that you enjoy love scenes when you’re in a committed relationship with someone else. Kaling shares that while love scenes are “obviously” not real, she says that “as any religious high schooler will tell you, simulating sex can be pretty damn enjoyable as well.” As far as we know, no other actor has disagreed with her, so Kaling may have a point.
11 Laura Prepon
Laura Prepon is best known for her role as Donna on That '70s Show, but she’s also bringing more buzz to the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black. She often has to shoot sex scenes with Taylor Schilling, and Prepon admits that she actually enjoys it. She states that she and Taylor are good friends in real life, so they’re completely comfortable with each other. Laura also says that she and Schilling trust each other, which is crucial when it comes to making a love scene look authentic. We just can’t imagine the two women being “normal” with each other when the cameras are off. But, it seems like working on the show has made their friendship even tighter. Interesting.
10 Zac Efron
Heartthrob Zac Efron has gone from being the dreamy teen to the hot “it” guy in movies. Efron stated that he’s always had a crush on actress Heather Graham, and he was pretty excited when he got to shoot a love scene with her in the movie, At Any Price. Even though Efron was clearly turned on, he also says that he was nervous. Zac said that he’s been in love with Graham “since he can remember,” and the experience was “surreal” for him. Heather must have been flattered that a man Zac’s age sincerely finds her hot. She’s probably also flattered because Efron is so good-looking.
9 Yael Stone
Actress Yael Stone is another actress who not only enjoy sex scenes, but thinks it’s a privilege to shoot love scenes. She states that the writers on Orange Is The New Black are talented and smart, and they wouldn’t write such steamy and thought-provoking love scenes if they weren’t essential to the storyline. Stone also says that she’s “interested” in being authentic with the private moments that are depicted in the sex scenes. What an intelligent way to admit that sex scenes arouse her. Yael Stone was also cast in the miniseries The Farm, in 2001, when she was just 15. She had to do a sex scene for the project, but says that she took a “leap of imaginative faith” since she was still a virgin at the time.
8 Anna Paquin
There’s one main reason Anna Paquin enjoys the love scenes she does on True Blood. Her husband, Stephen Moyer, is her co-star. So, she doesn’t have to feel guilty about getting “excited” on set. Paquin states that “maybe it should be weird” that she and her husband are actually giving people a glimpse into their intimate lives, but she also admits that it’s not at all awkward, and she can actually really get into the moment because she knows how much her co-star truly cares for her. Perhaps that’s why the show still has such a huge following. Paquin and Moyer got married in 2010, and have two children together.
7 Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman used to be one of the most conservative actresses in Hollywood. But these days, she doesn’t mind taking it off for the cameras and doing a sex scene or two. There’s that “one scene” in Black Swan with Mila Kunis, and she also teamed up with Kunis’ husband Ashton Kutcher, for No Strings Attached. Portman says the scene with Mila Kunis helped her to find her own sexual likes and dislikes in real life, and says that she was still “figuring it out” during the Black Swan filming. Obviously, starring in the movie aroused her interest in more ways than one, since it seems that she’s let down her inhibitions a great deal since then.
6 Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds is married to the beautiful Blake Lively, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t enjoy a good sex scene every now and then. In the movie the Change-Up, Reynolds had to shoot a love scene with Olivia Wilde. She’s one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood, so we’re pretty sure he wasn’t complaining. Ryan says that before they “got into it”, he was taking Wilde’s top and bra off, and she had smiley face pasties on her breasts. Wilde did this to lighten the mood, but Ryan stated that he “forgot every line in the scene. Not just from this movie, from every movie I’ve done.” Sounds like he was quite “amused”.
5 Anne Hathaway
New mom Anne Hathaway, made her movie debut with The Princess Diaries, but she’s since gone on to portray some pretty racy characters. When she starred in Love & Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal, she states that she was nervous at first, but finally decided to go for it. She also encourages her co-stars to be uninhibited as well. In addition to the intimate scenes from Love & Other Drugs, she also had some pretty steamy scenes in the movie Havoc, and another in One Day. It’s pretty clear that Hathaway is stimulated by the excitement that comes with doing love scenes, even though Gyllenhaal said that he was totally acting and had to pretend to be aroused by Hathaway. Ouch.
4 Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal has taken on a variety of roles that have involved steamy sexy scenes. Gyllenhaal has also been in a few gritty action films, which makes him even sexier. While he confirmed that he was definitely faking when he filmed sex scenes with Anne Hathaway in Love & Other Drugs, he states that he usually operates with an “open door” policy for love scenes. He says that he makes an agreement with his co-star to “go for it”, and the “door closes” when the scene is over. Gyllenhaal also said “it’s sexy when we’re doing it". Clearly, he’s not afraid to admit that he enjoys it.
3 Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore is pretty much an expert when it comes to filming sex scenes. She was Amber Waves in 1997’s Boogie Nights, and had a few steamy scenes with Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are Alright. In Body of Evidence, Moore gave an inspiring performance with a sweaty love scene. Julianne Moore has even been labeled as the go-to actress for love scenes, and it seems that she’s pretty OK with that. She’s obviously doing something she enjoys, and each of her sex scenes are different, which allows her to be creatively “stimulated” in different ways.
2 Bradley Cooper
Some say that Bradley Cooper was totally serious when he described his sex scene in Wet Hot American Summer. Some say that he was just joking around, as he does. He told his co-star, “what if we wear tube socks, and I’ll go up on the wall, and you’ll come from behind me.” Socks are often worn by men in love scenes to…protect them.
1 Jesse Metcalfe
Jesse Metcalfe will always be known as the hot gardener that Garbrielle Solis fell for on Desperate Housewives. Jesse says in the first scene that he and Eva Longoria shot together, they were rehearsing before they were interrupted by the director. The set had to be readjusted, but Metcalfe says that he “needed a minute” before he was able to move again. That had to be at least a little bit embarrassing, but there are plenty of women who are just as turned on by him. That’s probably part of what helped Metcalfe to get over it and become an integral part of the show.