Carey Mulligan’s nude scene in Shame is the kind of thing that would have doing Pilates in our sleep, but luckily for cinema’s sake the Great Gatsby actress had more commitment to the role than we would. “I didn’t have to worry about what I ate, or how much I drank, and I didn’t have to work out,” Mulligan says of her role in the upcoming film, which has pulled in a NC-17 rating. “She was an alcoholic mess. She didn’t have any money to dye her hair. I mean I didn’t become an alcoholic, but I didn’t have to watch myself. It was so much more exciting to play that character that didn’t worry about her appearance in any way. I knew that when I stood up in that bath naked it wasn’t about whether I looked good naked or not. It was about who she was.”
Just the thought of being on-set sans pants with Michael Fassbender makes us want to run shrieking to the gym, but we’d say surrendering to the role is just one option when it comes to nude scenes. Some other possibilities include…
Sucking it in: “I always tried to think about positions where I could tense the muscles, and suck in my belly,” said Rob Pattinson, about his Breaking Dawn sex scene.
Using a stand-in: “These young ladies came in and they were in a casting room with the director and the casting director and my makeup artists. These lovely women had to show us their derriere and we chose the one that resembled my body the most without looking like itâ€™s fake,” Mila Kunis explained about her Friends With Benefits nudity.
Cry unceasingly: “I was a wreck from start to finish. I think I cried every single day. I had to lean so much more heavily on everyone around me than Iâ€™m used to. Iâ€™m used to pulling my own weight. But I totally fell apart,” Anne Hathaway admitted about getting naked for her Love and Other Drugs sex scene.
Own it, snaggle fangs and all: Â â€œI didnâ€™t work out beforehand, it was all very natural. I donâ€™t have any real body issues. I never really overeat, I shed weight in the summer, put it on in the winter,” Kristen Dunst said about her Melancholia nude scene, even admitting, “I love my snaggle fangs.”
Make a tiny elephant out of your junk: â€œThe first thing we see is Ninaâ€™s reaction, so what if I was completely naked and we had elephant ears and double-stick tape, and I put them on each of my thighs, and ultimately, she would be staring at a very small, young elephant. The reaction that we got was fâ€”ing amazing,” Ian Somerhalder, suprising Nina Dobrev on the set of The Vampire Diaries.
Write a letter to your mom concerning your scene partner’s genitalia: Okay, not really. “You can literally be tangled in sheets, and you turn to the other actor and say â€˜What the fâ€“k are we doing?â€™ â€˜Dear Mum, at work today I had so-and-soâ€™s left nut sack pressed against my cheek.â€™ Itâ€™s sort of unethical if you think about it in those terms,” said Kate Winslet, regarding the many, many sex scenes she has done.