Simulating sex is harder than it looks.

Take it from stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Justin Timberlake, who have been frank about the awkward mechanics of filming intimate scenes with other actors. To make the situation more comfortable, most stars request a closed set to keep pervy passersby at bay. Even so, the idea of appearing nude or semi-nude—and engaging in a very personal act—is scary for a lot of stars.

For some actors, like Luke Evans, a little liquor helps to take the edge off. Other actors, like Kirsten Dunst, would rather not dwell on it—so they will "get it done quick" in just a few takes.

So, what's it really like to shoot a sex scene? Here's what 30+ actors have said over the years:

Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike

20th Century Fox

Justin Timberlake, Friends With Benefits

Screen Gems

Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Universal Pictures

Michael Fassbender, Shame

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Jennifer Lopez, The Boy Next Door

Universal Pictures

Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral

Rank Film Distributors

The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling

Universal Television

Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs

20th Century Fox

Jennifer Lawrence, Passengers


Ashton Kutcher, No Strings Attached

Paramount Pictures

50 Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades of Grey, Dakota Johnson

Universal Pictures and Focus Features

Ryan Reynolds, The Change-Up

Universal Pictures

Insecure, 2017 Emmys


James McAvoy, Wanted

Universal Pictures


Summit Entertainment

Dave Franco, Neighbors

Universal Pictures

Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Dracula


Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder


Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine

The Weinstein Company

Natalie Dormer, Game of Thrones


Henry Cavill, The Tudors


The Wolf of Wall Street

Paramount Pictures

Sons of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam

Prashant Gupta/FX

Lena Dunham, Girls Finale

HBO/Mark Schafer

Bridesmaids, Jon Hamm

Game of Thrones


The Dressmaker, Exclusive, Embargoed til 9/6

BroadGreen Pictures

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/courtesy of HBO

Luke Evans, The Girl on the Train

DreamWorks Pictures

Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs

20th Century Fox

Kill Your Darlings, Daniel Radcliffe

Sony Pictures Classics

ESC: The Beguiled

Focus Features

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