You could ask any star who has performed in a sex scene and the majority will reply that it was "uncomfortable", "embarrassing" and "awkward". It's almost as if it's a chore to perform these scenes which can boost their pay and make them a worldwide star. There is no denying that sex sells and that one scene can turn a movie from something nobody will see to one that everyone wants to see.
A good actor will be able to allow the audience to escape when they are watching a movie and take them into a whole new world. Replicating sex on-screen often adds to the reality of the relationship between two characters and embellish the main plot. In other cases, the scene is just thrown in there to keep our attention.
Sex scenes don't just sneak up on the actor as they will be fully aware before they sign on for a role just what is expected from them. There are some huge stars who outright refuse to be caught in the act on-screen. Then there are these following fifteen stars who just can't get enough.
15 Mindy Kaling
Just last month Mindy Kaling shared with the world a big Hollywood secret - she enjoys shooting sex scenes and so do a lot of other actors. In an interview with International Business Times she said, "Obviously onscreen sex is not actual penetrative sex, but, as any religious high schooler will tell you, simulating sex can be pretty damn enjoyable as well."
She continued to say the reason why so many actors lie about sex scenes is so they can protect their own partners from the embarrassment. The Mindy Project actress continued, "If you are the unlucky spouse of an actor, the last thing you want to hear is that, in addition to him getting to fake-cheat on you by virtue of the most unfair loophole of all time, he also really enjoyed it". So they really do enjoy getting into bed with some of the most beautiful actors in the world? Who would have believed it.
14 Jesse Metcalfe
Jesse Metcalfe loved going to work during the five years he played John Rowland, the gardener, on Desperate Housewives. To play this character he would have to: 1) Look completely gorgeous 2) Have many sex scenes with Eva Longoria. Metcalfe actually admitted enjoying himself a bit too much.
He confessed, "As a matter of fact, in the first scene we ever had, where Gabriella and John first had sex, we were rehearsing and then the director was like, 'OK, get out of bed, we have to reset the set', and I was like, 'I need a minute".
13 Laura Prepon
Some people would find it extremely awkward if they had to shoot sex scenes in the shower with their close friends. However, for Laura Prepon she is very comfortable acting out her sexy scenes with Taylor Schilling who also stars in Orange Is The New Black. In an interview with AfterEllen.com she said, "One of the first scenes we had to do, we were in a shower together. But the cool thing is, we're so comfortable with each other, so that's really great. We totally trust each other, which is awesome".
The reason why they trust each so much is because they have plenty of natural chemistry. Prepon added, "As an actor, it’s “Oh god, the chemistry’s not there” and you have to do everything to put it there but sometimes it’s naturally there and it just works and it’s awesome. And that’s how me and Taylor were". Well, we're glad to hear the two of them are getting on so nicely.
12 Yael Stone
Yael Stone doesn't see her sex scenes as a chore but as a privilege. In an interview with Huffington Post she said, "The sex scenes are also a privilege, and we have to see it that way. If it's written by great people — these people that write the show are really smart, we can trust them — I do feel like those scenes are really necessary. It's a big part of [prison] life. To be able to go into those private moments, and be authentic with that ... that's what I'm interested in".
In 2001 she was cast in a miniseries The Farm and she took on her first sex scene aged just 15-years-old. Stone also confessed in the interview that she was still in a virgin in real-life so she had to take a "leap of imaginative faith".
11 Zac Efron
At 27 years old, Zac Efron has been taking on more mature roles in recent years. One of his more serious roles involved a sex scene with Heather Graham in the film At Any Price, and this is what he had to say about the experience "I was nervous because I've been in love with her since I can remember. It was very surreal for me." From our understanding, Efron knows how to relax and enjoy the moment.
10 Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin married her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer in 2010. The actress had to bring her personal life to work and indulge in sex scenes with her own husband on camera. The pair who have two children together don't find it awkward at all but instead can let loose and have no boundaries.
She said, "Maybe it should be weird, simulating sex with your husband in front of people? But it's really not. When it's a love scene with someone you actually love, there's no feeling like, 'Can I touch him here? Can I touch him there?' You know what your boundaries are — or what they aren't, I suppose". So catching an episode of True Blood is like taking a peak right into the intimate moments of their marriage.
9 Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm has had enough sex scenes during his career that he is one man who knows how to just get on with it. He spent eight years in character as Don Draper for Mad Men, which pretty much witnessed him jump into bed with every woman who shared the screen with him. Then he was cast as Ted in Bridesmaids that made for a very energetic bedroom scene with Kristen Wiig.
His attitude towards sex scenes is a very positive one. He said in an interview that he just dives in there and declares, "All right, we're doing this, so let's have fun with it. You know what I mean? You're in that moment and it's happening, so you might as well enjoy it". Judging by how many stunning actresses he's been in-between the sheets with it's no surprise that he needs such little encouragement.
8 Natalie Portman
If there's a script which calls for nudity, sex and just outright dirtiness then Portman dashes to sign herself up. Closer witnessed her as a stripper who literally reveals herself to co-star Clive Owen, Black Swan caught her getting down and dirty with Mila Kunis and in No Strings Attached she teams up with Ashton Kutcher for intimate scenes.
Portman was once famously guarded over showing her body on-screen but nowadays she just can't stop throwing her clothes off. She said that shooting her sex scenes with Mila Kunis actually helped her discover her own sexuality. In an online interview with AfterEllen.com she confessed, "I was figuring out my own sexual identity, likes and dislikes and all that stuff, and it’s weird to be doing stuff on film as you’re figuring it out". Well if there's one thing she has figured out it's that she really enjoys doing sex scenes.
7 Ryan Reynolds
This Hollywood hunk may not have come and said "I love shooting sex scenes" but we assume he enjoys them, after all he is young and sexy and so are his co-stars. When asked about his sex scene in The Change-Up, Reynolds had this to say "So in the scene she's sitting there, and I take her top off, I take her bra off, and she has those pasties on, but she's drawn these adorable little smiley faces on them. And I forget every line in the scene. Not just from this movie, from every movie I've done."
6 Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway made her big screen debut in The Princess Diaries. Now she is barely recognizable as fresh-faced Mia Thermopolis as she has turned her hand at grittier roles. In Love & Other Drugs joined Jake Gyllenhaal for intimate scenes, engaged in topless foreplay for the gritty movie Havoc, she pole dances in Bride Wars and has another love scene in One Day.
It's safe to say that Hathaway enjoys having plenty of sex scenes and nudity on her resume as an actress. How does she get through such demanding roles? She told E! Online that her trick is to have a few shots beforehand. She always drinks whiskey before every love-making scene and encourages her co-stars to do the same. Sounds like quite the party.
5 Jake Gyllenhaal
Gyllenhaal has taken on a variety of roles in recent years and manages to excel at all of them. He has also been involved in some pretty steamy sex scenes which have us thinking he must be pretty into them, and here is some evidence. When asked about his view on sex scenes this is what he had to say “There’s, like, this little door that you open up and you’re like, “You down?” “Yeah, I’m down-let’s do it.” And the door closes when the scene ends. Yeah, it’s sexy when we’re doing it. And then it stops.” Wow!
4 Julianne Moore
If there was a masterclass in acting out sex scenes then Julianne Moore would have to be the star to teach it. Since she was cast as adult actress Amber Waves in 1997's Boogie Nights, she has never been shy in front of the camera. She then moved onto shoot a very hot and sweaty scene later on in Body of Evidence.
Last year she appeared in Maps To The Stars as a dysfunctional actress who enjoys a quick sex scene in the back of a car with Robert Pattinson. Five years before that she engaged in a sex scene with Amanda Seyfried in Chloe. Recently she engaged in another intimate scene with Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are Alright just to prove she wasn't exhausted just yet. She was even labelled online as the go-to-actress for sex scenes and it looks as if there is no stopping her getting it on in-front of the camera just yet.
3 Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is always on the lookout to shock audiences. When she shot the movie Wild the lead character had to indulge in graphic drug-fuelled sex scenes. She told Vogue magazine, "I wanted it to be truthful, I wanted it to be raw, I wanted it to be real". Based on the real-life memoirs of Cheryl Strayed who travelled solo along the Pacific Crest Trail on a brutal hike.
Witherspoon works hard to shake off her American sweetheart label which has become attached to her over the years. The mother of two said, "I certainly didn't self-identify as anyone's sweetheart. I'm friendly, but I don't think I'm sweet. I'm honest". In her latest movie Hot Pursuit she makes out with Sofia Vergara just to prove that she's not afraid to shatter any good girl images of herself.
2 Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry both took on lead roles in Monster's Ball. The intimate moment they shared on-screen is now one of the most downloaded erotic movie moments in mainstream cinema history. According to Thornton he enjoyed every minute. Speaking to Huffpost Live he said, "When I was growing up, I obviously didn't know who Halle Berry was, but if I had known I would have made sure it happened. I would have written 'Monster's Ball' myself immediately".
His then wife of three years, Angelina Jolie, is well-known for her jealousy and doesn't approve of sex scenes with other actresses. Which is probably why the couple divorced the next year as it's very apparent when watching the scene that Thornton really threw himself into the role.
1 Robert Pattinson
Before Robert Pattinson was famous his image wasn't so closely guarded which allowed him to really overstep boundaries. Before the Twilight years he starred in a movie called Little Ashes. Pattinson said he didn't want his orgasm to appear faked so he took matters into his own hands - quite literally.
He was reported in Hollywood Life as saying, "So I pleasured myself in front of the camera. My orgasm face is recorded for eternity." That's one movie that fans of his will be rushing to see now.