Some may describe filming a sex scene with a film crew as incredibly awkward, but according to Jake Gyllenhaal, navigating an intimate on-screen moment with Jennifer Aniston felt like “torture.”
Appearing on The Howard Stern Show, Gyllenhaal opened up about how he felt working alongside Aniston on the set of their 2002 drama. The good girl, when she had reached super fame, with Friends still on the air and as popular as ever.
Of course, filming sex scenes would be one of the trickiest experiences in an actor’s career.
Not only do they perform choreographed movements to mimic sexual acts in front of an entire crew – there’s even an “intimacy coach” that helps them feel more comfortable – but it gets more and more uncomfortable though, Like Gyllenhaal, we have a crush on their stage partner.
“(Filming the sex scenes) was torture – yes it was,” Gyllenhaal said.
“But it wasn’t torture either. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of the two.
Directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White (creator of The white lotus), The good girl followed Justine (played by Aniston), a cashier in a small town in Texas who is unhappy with her life or her husband.
Once she meets a young new cashier, named Holden (played by Gyllenhaal), they have an affair.
“Strangely, the love scenes are awkward, because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching them?” It doesn’t turn me on, ”Gyllenhaal revealed.
“It’s strangely mechanical. And it’s a dance too – you choreograph for a camera. You can go in there, but it’s like a fight scene, you have to choreograph these scenes.
See Gyllenhaal describing the sex scenes in the video player below
However, Gyllenhaal was quick to add that Aniston made sure their intimate scenes were slightly more comfortable by using the “pillow technique,” a popular tactic that allows actors to place a pillow between them and their stage partner to create a rift.
“I think it was actually a suggestion from Jennifer,” he said.
“I think she was actually very kind to suggest it before we started… She said, ‘I’m putting a pillow here. “That was it; that’s all she said.
“She’s rude, you know, not nice.” So hard to compliment, ”he joked.
“I’ll say I’ve had a crush on her for years. And working with her wasn’t easy… I was – uh, yeah. That’s all I’m going to say. It was lovely. It wasn’t difficult, that’s what I would say.
Gyllenhaal also admitted that at the time he was not a fan of Friends but was impressed with her “personality from afar and the movies she was in”.
Well, all we can say is – welcome to Jennifer Aniston’s fan club, Gyllenhaal.