There are many ways to approach sex scenes in a coming of age movie: There’s PG fade to the next scene. There’s the super hot fantasy sequence. And then there’s the one closest to our hearts: the awesomely awkward, fumbling mix of bodies that very closely resembles our own first time. In this weekend’s entry into the teen romance genre, The Spectacular Now, Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller went with option C. Our own Kate Spencer asked why and how they made it all so, er, realistic.
“I thought I was doing my best moves, and Shailene’s like, ‘OK, do what you’re actually going to do,’ ” Miles recalled. “And I said, ‘This is what I’m doing. This is my moves.’ ”
“And I laughed in his face, and then they rolled the camera,” Shailene added. “No, I think there’s something sweet about [how] both of us were trying to do it justice and really accurately portray what it was like to be in that position for the first time. No pun intended. It also was both of our first sex scene in a movie. So I think there was some nerves, just as human beings, being these actors playing these characters.”
In our brief interview, you can see a great rapport between Miles and Shailene — which is a good thing, since they’re sharing the screen again in next year’s Divergent. And if all goes well, in the YA adaptation’s sequels too. Come back here Monday for more on their work together.