Shailene Woodley may be working more puffy down-filled nylon than a Patagonia outlet in that picture above, but when it comes to getting down and dirty on a film set, she wants those titties to be free! Or at the very least, she doesn’t want to film a sex scene with her chest covered in a bra. Shailene was recently interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter about her upcoming film, The Last Letter From Your Lover, and I’m guessing one of those last letters doesn’t have a lover asking where she buys her bras, because Shailene says she’s not into the unrealistic hookup standards set by Hollywood.
Shailene says her approach to sex scenes changed after she filmed the 2019 film, Endings, Beginnings, which featured Shailene getting down at different times with Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan, respectively. But rather than asking herself, “Getting paid to pretend fuck Christian Grey and The Winter Soldier, how did I get so lucky?“, Shailene was asking why the hell she would be wearing a bra when a whole lot of bra-wearing people definitely don’t wear a bra when they have sex. I’m a bra-wearing person and I barely wear a bra to eat dinner. via IndieWire:
Woodley said that, in some cases, she feels onscreen sex screens are portrayed unrealistically: “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 said.
So obviously Shailene is comfortable with the realism of it all, but a lot of that comes from having a ton of communication with everyone involved so that no one feels weird about it:
“I’ve never felt uncomfortable doing intimate scenes because I’m very vocal,” Woodley said. “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.”
Shailene is completely right when she says that bra-on sex can be a bit unrealistic. Although I feel like if we’re going to overhaul that part of the industry in the name of realism, there’s another aspect of sex scenes that makes even less sense than the sight of a bra. Nothing takes me out of the on-screen fantasy quicker than seeing a woman roll over and just hang out in bed. How are you not going to immediately pop up and waddle over to the nearest toilet right after? I know it’s just acting, but I still can’t help but cringe at the thought of playing so fast and loose with a UTI.