13 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Famous Sex Scenes That'll Make Your Sex Life Seem Less Awkward

Hey, at least your mom isn’t watching you hump a stranger.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Mom Watched Him, Superbad

Christopher Mintz-Plasse's Mom Watched Him, Superbad

So, it turns out the infamous “it’s in” scene at the end of the film was even more awkward for those BEHIND the camera, as Mintz-Plasse, aka McLovin, legally needed his mother on-set at the time of shooting his first ever sex scene because he was only 17 years old at the time.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Accidental Drunkness, Passengers

Lawrence continued her “relatable girl” streak when she discussed her first ever sex scene with Chris Pratt. Turns out she was so unbelievably nervous, she literally got drunk. “I was like, ‘Oh, I’m gonna get hammered for the sex scene,’ because it’s stressful and scary,” Lawrence said, “And then you forget you’re at work, so you’re gonna be there for eight hours. I was incredibly hungover by the time they got to me.”

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Margot Robbie’s Light, The Wolf of Wall Street

Margot Robbie's Light, The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street filled with shocking moments, but one behind-the-scenes moment shocked even Leonardo DiCaprio. While shooting one of their first scenes, Robbie (a newcomer at the time) told DiCaprio to “Get out of [her] light,” and proceeded to physically nudge him out of her shot. “I kind of pushed Leo’s head to one side and told him he was in my light,” Robbie said, “He was so incredulous that I had physically moved him out of the way, he was like, ‘Did you really just do that?'”

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Ryan Reynold’s Memory Loss, The Change-Up

Ryan Reynold's Memory Loss, The Change-Up

While filming a very intimate scene for The Change-Up, Reynolds was so taken aback by Olivia Wilde, he literally forgot what he was doing. “In the scene, she’s sitting there and I take her top off and the bra off, and she has those pasties on, but she’s drawn these adorable little smiley faces on them,” he said, “And I forget every line. Not just from this movie, but from every other movie I’ve done.”

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Allison William’s Ass, Girls

Allison William's Ass, Girls

The season 4 premiere infamously depicted Marnie, played by Williams, having her ass eaten by Desi, played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Williams set out to make the situation as comfortable as possible for her co-star, but accidentally made it uncomfortable for herself in the process. “I was like, we’re going to rig something that’s invisible from the side, but feels like a pillow when he puts his face into it.” Williams said, “It was so elaborate…it involved Spanx that we cut away and glued down and menstrual pads and two of those weird thongs.”


Kiera Knightley’s Body Guard, A Dangerous Method

Kiera Knightley's Body Guard, A Dangerous Method

Knightley does not ~mess around~ when it comes to sex scenes. Apparently, she had a security guard on set with her during a particularly intense scene with Michael Fassbender, and made sure he knew they were there. “I did actually say to Michael before one of the scenes, I was like, ‘I’ve got a security guard outside. You touch me and he’s gonna break your legs!’” Knightley said, “And he was like, ‘Keira, you’re tied to a bed. You’re not really in a position to say that.’ I said, ‘I guess you’re right.’”

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Jamie Dornan’s Wee Bag, Fifty Shades Franchise

So, it turns out the Fifty Shades franchise was just as awkward for the actors to shoot as it is for the audience to watch. While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Mr. Grey himself shared that, during the vivid sex scenes, he had to wear a “wee bag” to avoid penetration. However, when he examined the “bag” he was given a little closer, it had the tag “Inmate #3” printed inside…meaning it was used previously. Um yeah, no thanks.

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Gucci Mane Literally Falling Asleep, Spring Breakers

Gucci Mane Literally Falling Asleep, Spring Breakers

We’ve all gotten tired at work before, but on the set of Spring Breakers, rapper Gucci Mane took that sentiment to the extreme when he literally fell asleep mid-sex scene. “Yes, I was knocked out. I was tired,” Gucci Mane said, “I had a concert down there in St. Petersburg, Florida one of the days I had to shoot a scene. Same night. We started shooting at ten o’clock in the evening until one or two o’clock.”


Jon Hamm Almost Crushing Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Jon Hamm Almost Crushing Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids opens up with one of the most memorable, ridiculous sex scenes of all time, but things were almost a lot more ridiculous when Hamm thought he might physically crush Kristen Wiig. “I am not a small human being. I weigh at least 200 pounds and I’m six-foot-two,” Hamm shared, “And Wiig is a twig; she’s a skinny little thing. I told her, ‘Just punch me in the side if I’m hurting you.'” A true gentleman.

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Margot Robbie’s Mid-Sex Punch, Legend of Tarzan

Margot Robbie's Mid-Sex Punch, Legend of Tarzan

Robbie makes her second appearance on the list, this time for her scene with Alexander Skarsgard in Legend of Tarzan. The director, David Yates, asked for a little more ~violent passion~ during the climactic sex scene, which Robbie delivered enthusiastically. “They’re doing this love scene together, and I said, ‘Just slap Alex while you’re making love, just kind of give him a punch,’” Yates said, “The only bruise he picked up during the entire shoot was probably that punch from Margot.”

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Jason Moama’s Fuzzy Pink Penis, Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has no shortage of graphic scenes, and not all of them are consensual between the characters. One such sequence proved to be a difficult day on set, which had Emilia Clarke in a dark mind-set. To cheer her up, her co-star, Momoa, decided to forgo the typical “modesty sock” and, instead, wear a bright pink, super-fluffy sock over his genitals, which successfully had Clarke laughing. “It’s huge, and it’s pink, and I don’t know what to do!”

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Robert Pattinson’s Embarrassing Sweat, Maps to the Stars

Robert Pattinson's Embarrassing Sweat, Maps to the Stars

So Pattinson is a sweaty mess, just like the rest of us; however, his body heat issue was revealed on-screen while shooting a (literally) steamy scene with Julianne Moore. “I sweat like a fucking crazy person,” Pattinson said. “I was trying to literally catch drops of sweat to stop them hitting her back. Afterwards she was like ‘Are you having a panic attack?’ It was so embarrassing.”

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Henry Cavill’s Awkward Boner, The Tudors

Henry Cavill's Awkward Boner, The Tudors

While shooting an episode of The Tudors, the Superman actor got into a super-awkward situation when he wasn’t properly ~positioned~ while shooting a scene. “She’s basically rubbing herself all over me and, um, it got a bit hard. I had to apologize profusely afterward.” Cavill said, “It’s not great when you’re in a professional acting environment and somebody gets a boner, is it? No, not acceptable.”



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