She hasn’t shied away from frank depictions of sexuality throughout her film and television career.
And Shailene Woodley opened up about her preference for realistic sex scenes over more modest displays in her new Hollywood Reporter cover profile, published Friday.
The 29-year-old Big Little Lies star shared that one of her pet peeves is when female actors are covered up while making love in ways they likely wouldn’t be in real life.
Not a fan: Shailene Woodley, 29, called out unrealistic sex scenes where characters keep their clothes on while opening up about filming intimate scenes of her own in a Hollywood Reporter profile from Friday; seen March 2020
‘Oftentimes in movies, you see two people having sex and the woman has her bra on, and in real life, I don’t think I ever did that, sex with a bra — or very, very rarely,’ she admitted.
In fact, Woodley hasn’t been afraid to appear nude on camera when she thought it was the right choice for the scene, though she makes those determinations after chatting with her director and costars.
‘I’ve never felt uncomfortable doing intimate scenes because I’m very vocal,’ she explained. ‘I always sit down and talk with the director, the other actor. We always have conversations of, ‘How are you planning on shooting it? Is nudity necessary? Is it going to distract from the scene, add to the scene?’ We know exactly what the boundaries are. And I’ve never been in a situation where those things haven’t been honored.’
The most recent example of her commitment to naturalism was last year’s indie romantic drama Endings, Beginnings, in which she played a woman in a love triangle with characters played by 50 Shades Of Gray star Jamie Dornan and Avengers: Endgame’s Sebastian Stan.
Uncommon: ‘Oftentimes in movies, you see two people having sex and the woman has her bra on, and in real life, I don’t think I ever did that, sex with a bra — or very, very rarely,’ she admitted
Veteran: Woodley has filmed several nude sex scenes, including for her 2020 romantic drama Beginnings, Endings, which also stars Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan
In the profile, the film’s director, Drake Doremus, praised her lack of self-consciousness.
‘She’s not modern, she’s a throwback, like a French actress in the ’60s or something,’ he opined. ‘She owns her sexuality in a way that’s just so liberating and magical. She’s able to use her gut and her intuition a lot. She’s chill and easy and present and kind and thoughtful and humble. And just so not — I hate to say the word, but — actory.’
The key to her technique, whether in sex scenes or in fully clothed moments, is to focus on what a character doesn’t want to be revealed.
‘I’ve always been so fascinated with, ‘What is this person giving to me on the surface and what is behind their eyes?’ Because there are so many things that we don’t allow other people to see.’
The right choice: Endings, Beginnings director Drake Doremus praised her for owning ‘her sexuality in a way that’s just so liberating and magical’
New love: Woodley also opened up about her engagement to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom she struck up a relationship with during the pandemic
Woodley also opened up about her engagement to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom she struck up a relationship with during the pandemic after they were introduced by mutual friends.
The Descendants star said she and Rodgers hoped to ‘live in’ their ‘little bubble’ for as long as possible and only went public with their engagement so they could stay on top of the news.
‘When we announced that we were engaged, we wanted to do that only because we didn’t want someone else to do it before we did,’ she said of the big reveal, which happened while Aaron was accepting his MVP award in February.
‘And we didn’t do it for months and months after we had become engaged.’
Even after the cat was out of the bag, they didn’t rush to share more details about their relationship.
‘The reaction to it was really a lot, and so we were like, ‘Let’s just politely decline [to talk about the relationship] for a little while and live in our little bubble,” she continued.
Lovers: Aarons surprised many when he referred to his ‘fiancé’ while accepting the MVP award during the NFL Honors in February, but they had already been engaged for months