Brooke Shields slams Endless Love director who caught her toe twist so she could make an ‘ecstasy face’ during virginity loss scene at only 15 – and attacks Blue Lagoon director for trying to ‘sell her own sexual awakening’
- Brooke Shields said Endless Love director Franco Zeffirelli’s behavior made her uncomfortable while filming the movie when she was just 15 years old.
- She also accused Blue Lagoon producers of exploiting her sexuality
- Her comments come in a new Shields documentary released on Hulu on April 3
Brooke Shields recalled with disgust how the director of Endless Love contorted her during a sex scene to try to make an “ecstasy face” when she was just 15 years old.
In her new documentary, Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, the actress said director Franco Zeffirelli’s behavior made her feel so uncomfortable that she had to ‘detach’ herself for the rest of the production.
She also recounted the experience of working on The Blue Lagoon—the story of a boy and girl getting sexually awakened—when she was 14, and criticized the production team for trying to make a “realistic rendering” of the film by focusing too hard. on her sexuality.
During the documentary, Shields, 57, discussed how she was sexualized in the media as a young girl and throughout adolescence, and talked about the impact it had on her life.
The two-part documentary was released on Hulu on April 3.
Brooke Shields appears in her new Hulu documentary, Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields appears in The Blue Lagoon at the age of only 14, a movie in which she is nude the entire time
On the set of Endless Love, Shields said Zeffirelli was equally exploitative about her sexuality.
“The physicality and exploration of sexuality felt very dangerous to me,” she said. “I didn’t trust the director to create a safe environment for me.”
She said that culminated in shooting the scene where her character loses her virginity — a sex scene she was already uncomfortable shooting — when Zeffirelli violently twisted her toe to force her to make a face looking like “I had a feeling, kind of, I guess, ecstasy.
“The thing was, the look on your face had to be ecstasy,” she said. “But it was worrying more than anything else, because it was hurting me.”
I thought I was just some kind of backbone. She said it was a bargain.
‘I didn’t want to sound stupid or untalented,’ she recalled, ‘so she broke up with me. “You instantly become a steamer to yourself about something that happens to you.”
Shields said she was “off” work for the rest of the production after that incident.
Brooke Shields with Endless Love director Franco Zeffirelli. She was only 15 years old in the movie
Brooke Shields appears in Endless Love. She was only 15 years old when the movie was shot
Although only 14 years old while filming The Blue Lagoon, Shields was no stranger to sex having played a prostitute in the 1978 movie Pretty Baby at just 11 years old. Prior to that, she was also photographed nude in a Playboy publication at the age of only 10.
By the time she got to the set of Blue Lagoon — a film famous for its rampant nudity — Shields recalled how determined director Randal Kleiser was to exploit that sexualized image by making her look like someone who was going through a sexual awakening at the same time as the character she portrayed.
“It’s true, it goes from child to woman during filming,” Kleiser was quoted in the documentary as telling a newspaper.
Shields expressed her disgust at Clayser’s intentions.
“They wanted to make it real,” she said. They wanted to sell my actual sexual awakening.