On the set of their 2002 drama The Good Girl, Jake Gyllenhaal described filming sex scenes with Jennifer Aniston as “torture.” Of course, it was because Gyllenhaal was in love with Aniston.
There is nothing more awkward than filming a sex scene. In front of dozens of crew members, actors must perform choreographed movements that look like sex. Even though it isn’t sexy, it is intense, especially if you have a crush on the famous actor you have sex scenes with.
There is nothing more awkward than filming a sex scene. There is a whole crew, which can include dozens of people, watching the actors make out and perform choreographed movements that resemble sex. The sex scenes aren’t sexy, but they’re intense, especially if you have a crush on a very famous actor.
On The Howard Stern Show, Gyllenhaal discussed his intimate scenes with Aniston almost 20 years ago. Aniston was still famous because Friends was still on the air.
As he put it, “[Filming the sex scenes was] torture-yes, it was, but it was also not torture. Kind of like, it was a combination of both.”
In 2016, Jake admitted that he harbored a crush on Jennifer “for years” after filming the movie. In The Jess Cagle Interview, he said, “I had a crush on her for years, so working with her was not easy.” Jake went on to date Kirsten Dunst, so a relationship wasn’t in the cards. Jen was married to Brad Pitt then, and Jake was dating Kirsten Dunst then.
On the Howard Stern Show (watch the interview below), he joked that filming with a Friends star was “torture.” This was in response to a question about why the steamy scenes weren’t exactly a dream, regardless of whether it was with Aniston.
Even though maybe 30, 50 people are watching love scenes, Gyllenhaal admits they are awkward. In most cases, it’s oddly mechanical. It’s a dance choreographed for a camera.
According to him, the “pillow technique” was used. It essentially acts as a buffer between two actors to make it appear as if they are having sex without being too physically intimate.
Stronger’s star recalls a pillow technique being used in that movie. “That was just a preemptive move. Everything else was whatever it was.”
I think that was Jennifer’s idea. She was kind enough to suggest it before we started. She said, “I’m putting a pillow here.” That’s all I remember, she said.