15 Actors Who Despise Their Steamy TV Scenes

Unlike monkeys, dogs, and almost any other animal, a lot of humans aren’t into giving into their cravings for all to see. A lot of people are even hesitant to kiss when they are out in public. They feel uncomfortable displaying their love for each other and prefer to keep it private. That’s understandable. The thought of making love in front of a crowd is intimidating enough but imagine that you are also being filmed. Now, there are some people that might enjoy being watched and filmed but most people aren’t too receptive to the idea. Nerves, embarrassment, and shame are just a few of the emotions that would consume someone in that situation.

This is where we must concede that being an actor is not the easy job that a lot of people believe it to be. S*x has been a staple of movies and television for years but it seems that the s*x scenes that are portrayed these days push the boundaries further and further.

Nothing is off limits anymore. Straight s*x, gay s*x, and everything in between is in our faces every time we turn on the television or go to the movies. Some of the actors and actresses that act out these scenes don’t think it’s such a big deal. Quite a few even enjoy it. They don’t mind people milling about on the set while the cameras catch the action from every conceivable angle. Naturally, there are those actors that don’t enjoy being put in this position. Here are 15 actors who despise their love making TV scenes.

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15 Lea Michele (Glee)

This 30-year-old hottie started her acting on Broadway as a child. She had roles in such stage productions as Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, and Les Miserables before gaining a lot of recognition for her role of Rachel Berry in the television series Glee. This role called for occasional s*x scenes with her future boyfriend, Cory Monteith, and Michele didn’t like doing those scenes at all. She felt awkward and uncomfortable as she pretended to get down and dirty in front of so many people. She was also stated during an interview that she was grossed out by the fact that Monteith would sweat so much. She even felt the same way about shooting s*x scenes with Monteith later on in the show’s run when the two were dating in real life.

14 Henry Cavill (The Tudors)

British actor Henry Cavill’s career started out with a small role in the movie Laguna. From there he landed parts in other movies such as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Cold Light of Day, and Justice League. He had a steady role as Charles Brandon on the television series The Tudors between 2007 and 2010. This role required him to do a few s*x scenes and it’s safe to say that Henry isn’t a fan of acting them out. He recounted how that in one particular scene he found himself getting aroused and he apologized profusely to the actress that he shared the scene with. Like most people on this list, Henry feels a great deal of discomfort when he is naked and trying to be intimate when there are so many people standing around and the cameras are rolling.

13 Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)

Nina Dobrev has been in television and movies for a little over ten years. The 28-year-old got her first big break when she was cast as Mia in Degrassi: The Next Generation. She then went on to star as Elena Gilbert in the supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries. This role called for Nina to do a few steamy scenes and she wasn’t exactly thrilled about it. For starters, she had to do some of them with her ex-boyfriend, Ian Somerhalder. Perhaps the most uncomfortable aspect of doing those scenes was having her mother on the set when the scenes were shot. According to Dobrev, her mother would approach her after the takes and hand her notes that contained advice on how to make Nina’s character sexier and more convincing. Yeah, that would be awkward.

12 Luke Grimes (True Blood)

Shooting a s*x scene with a gorgeous woman is tough enough for a lot of straight actors but imagine how difficult it would be to have to shoot an intimate scene with another dude? This is exactly the position that Luke Grimes found himself in when he was part of the cast of True Blood. Grimes was stunned when he discovered that his character, James, was, in fact, gay and he was scheduled to do a lovemaking scene with another guy. How did he deal with this surprise? He left the show. Some cast members blame his homophobia for quitting the show after just 6 episodes but Luke said that he left due to an increasingly hectic movie making schedule. Shortly after leaving the show, Grimes was on the big screen in American Sniper, The Magnificent Seven, and the Fifty Shades franchise.

11 Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls)

You probably remember this 35-year-old sweetheart as Rory Gilmore on the popular series Gilmore Girls but she has also appeared in several movies and television shows over the past 20 years. During season 4 of Gilmore Girls, her character had an affair with Jared Padalecki’s character, Dean. Alexis was quite opposed to doing the hot scenes. To begin with, she didn’t feel that having an affair with a married guy made sense for her character but she understood that the screenwriter liked to add a bit of shock value and she begrudgingly went along with the script. It was also quite difficult for her because Padalecki is much taller than Bledel and they shot the scenes on a miniature twin bed from which Bledel tumbled off of a couple of times.

10 Charlie Hunnam (Sons Of Anarchy)

Most people got familiar with Charlie Hunnam through his role as Jax Teller in the series Sons of Anarchy. He’d already been around the industry for several years having appeared in television shows such as Queer as Folk and Undeclared as well as landing parts in numerous movies. While his character in Sons of Anarchy had a steady relationship, Jax also had plenty of pretty women on the side with whom he got intimate with. This meant that Charlie had to shoot quite a few racy scenes which he does not like doing. He feels a certain amount of guilt because he’s in a committed relationship but on top of that he has been a self-admitted germaphobe since he was a young child back in England. These could be a couple of reasons why he turned down the lead role in the Fifty Shades franchise.

9 Natalie Dormer (Game Of Thrones)

Natalie Dormer’s star has been on the rise in recent years thanks to her roles in television shows like The Tudors, Elementary, and Game of Thrones as well as her appearances in movies such as Captain America: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, and Patient Zero. The 35-year-old British actress is quite the good looking lady and most viewers of Game of Thrones loved it when she would do those raunchy love scenes. You should appreciate those scenes because Natalie didn’t enjoy doing them. She described doing the scenes as awkward, unsexy, and unglamorous. Her fans were probably a little disappointed that her character, Margaery Tyrell, was killed off recently. Hopefully, she will go through with more awkward, unsexy, and unglamorous scenes in the near future.

8 Jared Padalecki (Gilmore Girls)

This 35-year-old Texan got his break when he won a “Claim to Fame Contest” which landed him at the Teen Choice Awards where he met an agent. He got the role of Dean Forester in the television series Gilmore Girls and soon found himself getting roles in other television and movie productions. Like Alexis Bledel, Jared didn’t care much for the s*x scenes that he had to perform in Gilmore Girls. Due to his height and the fact that the bed on which the scenes were filmed was so small, Jared described the experience as “awkward”. He also gets nervously anxious in the days leading up to a s*x scene because he is in a relationship (now married) and is a little freaked out about being in bed with another woman. He refers to s*x scenes as an “occupational hazard”.

7 Olivia Wilde (Vinyl)

This 33-year-old siren started to get noticed when she appeared in the short-lived television series Skin. She then appeared in several episodes of The O.C. before landing the role of Dr. Hadley in House. She has gone on to act in several movies and other television shows. Like everyone else on this list, Olivia Wilde despises doing love making scenes. Nevertheless, she has been a professional and gone through with them despite her reservations. She is very uncomfortable with crew members and others watching her act out. She recently got naked for a scene in the television show Vinyl in which she was in 8 episodes. She told Howard Stern that she wore a merkin, a wig for her private area and it made her feel “less naked”. She also told Stern that she is “pretty clean” down there in real life.

6 Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives)

Jesse Metcalfe got his start in television on the series Passions on which he had a regular role. He then got more exposure on Desperate Housewives on which he played the recurring role of John Rowland. Not only did this part lead to roles in movies; he also got to make out with the beautiful Eva Longoria. Even better is that he got paid to make out with the dark-haired sexpot. This may sound like a dream to most guys but Jesse had his share of embarrassing moments while making these scenes. He told interviewers that he found Longoria to be so hot that he would “pop a wheelie” during the scenes and couldn’t get out of bed after the scene was shot. Oh, that’s what he meant when he said that shooting those scenes was hard.

5 Carice van Houten (Game Of Thrones)

This 40-year-old Dutch actress is well known these days for her role of Melisandre of Asshai in the hit television series Game of Thrones. She’s an experienced veteran of the big screen having appeared in Valkyrie, Repo Men, and Brimstone. She is currently filming the movie Domino which should be released next year. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones then you know there are quite a few graphic s*x scenes. Carice doesn’t mince her words when she is asked about how she feels about acting out these lurid scenes. She simply says “They are definitely not my favorite things”. We have to give her credit for being a consummate professional. There are plenty of viewers out there who appreciate her dedication to her role and her willingness to show off her hot body.

4 Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries)

41-year-old Daniel Gillies began acting in the Aukland Theatre Company in New Zealand. He got his first big break when he landed the lead role in the Canadian drama Street Legal. He got a few movie roles before getting a recurring role on The Vampire Diaries and then the lead role in Saving Hope. He is now the lead in The Originals which is a spin-off of the Vampire Diaries. Daniel isn’t a fan of doing s*x scenes. He admits that the idea of getting intimate with somebody as sexy as Nina Dobrev should be a turn on but he found the experience to be “by the numbers” and the fact that there are cameras rolling and people on set makes it even worse for him.

3 Lena Dunham (Girls)

Lena Dunham’s career started out when she produced a few independent films and put them on YouTube. Many of her works centered on s*x and featured a fair amount of nudity. Lena doesn’t really seem to mind baring it all but she doesn’t particularly like doing s*x scenes. Dunham is the star of the television series Girls. She also just happens to be the writer, producer, and the director of the show so it’s not like she’s an unwilling or unsuspecting participant in those s*x scenes. She has said that when she is shooting them she wants out of the bed, out of the scene, and out of this life. She realizes that she is the one to put herself in such an awkward position and has even stated that she feels like she is holding herself in “sexual slavery”.

2 Chris Potter (Queer As Folk)

Chris Potter is one of those guys who you have likely seen in a few movies and television shows but you don’t remember his name. He has been in dozens of movies and loads of television shows like Heartland, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and he’s had a recurring role on The Young and the Restless since 2007. He was also on the television series Queer as Folk back in 2001. Potter was pretty apprehensive when it came to shooting erotic scenes with other guys. Potter went through with them but he is very clear about his dislike for filming those scenes. He said that he feels dirty and that he wants to spit immediately after the director says “cut”.

1 Chris Engen (The Young And The Restless)

There are plenty of people that think actors have it easy. Sure, some might have it easier than others but a lot of actors need to go well beyond their comfort zone when they are performing. Chris Engen is a prime example. The 37-year-old got into television in 2000 when he appeared in a few episodes of Felicity. He bounced around a few other shows until 2007 when he took the recurring role of Richard Vargas in Saints and Sinners. The bad news was that the show was canceled. The good news was that he was cast in the long-running soap The Young and the Restless. More bad news came his way when he found out that his character was gay and that he needed to film a romantic scene with a male cast member. He decided to leave the show and we haven’t heard much from him since.

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