When you think about all the obvious perks of being a famous actor, things like being really rich, getting free swag and making out with lots of hot stars come to mind. But while getting paid to get up close and personal with someone like Ian Somerhalder or Dylan O’Brien seems like the actual dream, celebs who are really in the biz have a much different response to getting paid to film romantic scenes.
In some ways, it makes sense. Having to smooch over and over again in various levels of undress while 50 people are watching might give you a little bit of performance anxiety. Also, getting ~cuddly~ with someone who isn’t your significant other might just feel like you’re being a huge frickin’ jerk — even if it is, you know, for work.
Lots of movie stars have come out and declared their undying hatred for fake love-making, but the big screen isn’t the only place where actors pretend to get it on. While cable networks like HBO and Showtime tend to get fairly graphic with their sex scenes, even broadcast TV stations like The CW and MTV feature slightly toned-down versions of these romantic scenarios. This means that no matter what kind of actor you are, filming a sex scene is basically inevitable — and according to these eight TV stars, it pretty much sucks.
Lea Michele on Glee
You might think that sex scenes between Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were super easy due to their IRL connection, but the actress actually hated getting steamy with her bae in front of the cameras.
Their first sex scene actually happened before they started dating, so the awkwardness makes sense. Not only was it "way awkward" and "so less sexy than you think," but Lea told E! News, "We were in a room with like 20 people around us, sitting by the fireplace."
She also majorly dissed Cory while talking about the whole thing mentioning, "He was sweating so much. I was so grossed out!" Sweating seems like a natural part of this kind of filming process — not only are these scenes fairly physical, but the nerves def don't help in that department, either!
Nina Dobrev on The Vampire Diaries
While Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder's breakup could've caused some discomfort when filming sex scenes post-split, it was actually the girl's mom who made the whole thing cringe-worthy.
"The awkwardness and the weirdness is when my mom comes to set and I have to do a sex scene," the former Degrassi girl told Conan O'Brien. "But what's even weirder, when I come off set, she starts giving me notes...like, 'Arch your back more; it'll look sexier if you arch your back.'"
OMFG — can you even imagine having such a conversation with mother dearest?! Sounds traumatizing!
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Daniel Gillies on The Originals
The guy who plays Elijah on The Originals is very experienced when it comes to faking sex in front of cameras, and yet he's still not the biggest fan. He talked to PerezHilton.com about filming steamy scenes with a girl who's also on this list.
"Nina Dobrev's a beautiful woman and to make out with her should, in theory, be a pleasure... the problem is, that when you go and do this stuff — and it sounds like I'm just saying it — it's so by the numbers. Nothing could be more of an erection killer than cameras around you." LOL!
"It's the opposite of sexy, these romantic scenes," he continued.
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Alexis Bledel on Gilmore Girls
No one was all that enthused when Dean and Rory decided to have an affair during season 4 of Gilmore Girls, but especially not Alexis Bledel. "I didn't think that it was something that made a lot of sense for my character. [The screenwriter] likes a little bit of a shock value, so it was something that I had to wrap my head around."
Not only was she morally opposed to her character's adulterous fling, but filming it with the very, very tall Jared Padalecki made things especially difficult. "[The bed] was like a miniature twin. In the outtakes I fell off that bed a couple of times." Ouch!
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Jared Padalecki on Gilmore Girls and Supernatural
Jared's height played a role in some discomfort while filming the Gilmore Girls love scene with Alexis, too. He explained, "My feet definitely were off [the bed]. There was a shot where my waist to my head was laying on the bed but my legs were counterbalancing me on the floor so that I wouldn't roll off. It works for the scene because it was supposed to be awkward, so maybe that's why they bought the smallest bed on the planet."
Jared never exactly got comfortable filming sex scenes though, even after he moved on to star on Supernatural. When discussing the most difficult episode to film in the show he said, "The hardest one for me to film was 'Heart,' because of the sex scenes. In the back of your head you're like, 'Man, I got a love scene in a couple days. I've had a girlfriend for three and a half years, and I'm going to be laying in bed with a good looking girl.'"
While that's kind of an occupational hazard of being an actor, somewhere deep down all performers in committed relationships must feel a bit awk and morally confused when it comes to steamy scenes with someone who isn't their bae.
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Henry Cavill on The Tudors
Henry probably wins the award for most awkward on-screen sex scene ever. He explained, "It was very embarrassing. A girl had to be on top of me, she had spectacular breasts, and I hadn't arranged my...stuff...into a harmless position. She's basically rubbing herself all over me and, um, it got a bit hard. I had to apologize profusely afterward. It's not great when you're in a professional acting environment and somebody gets a boner, is it? No, not acceptable." If you thought that was TMI, just wait until you hear what he said next!
"You don't think of sex scenes as showing your bum to the nation. It's actually acutely uncomfortable being naked in a roomful of people. The very last thing it is is sexy. The actual physicality is very uncomfortable. All you're doing is smacking your nuts against someone, and nothing is going in."
While the guy def gets props for honesty, we're gonna say some things are better left unsaid.
Lena Dunham on Girls
As the creator of Girls, you'd think that every scene Lena's in would be her dream scenario. The writer/actress made it very clear that's not the case in an interview with Marie Claire.
"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.'"
While calling her position "sexual slavery" seems really effed up, she's clearly not the biggest fans of her love-making scenes, even if they're with some hunky dudes like Adam Driver.
Carice van Houten on Game of Thrones
HBO is known for their graphic sex scenes and Game of Thrones definitely lives up to that reputation. When asked about her feelings about the NSFW moments, the actress who plays Melisandre said, "They are definitely not my favorite things." Simple and to the point!