She has not shied away from candid portrayals of sexuality throughout her film and television career.
And Shailene Woodley opened up her preference for realistic sex scenes over more modest displays in her new Hollywood reporter cover profile, published on Friday.
The 29-year-old Big Little Lies star shared that one of her biggest annoyances is when female actors are covered up while making love in ways they probably wouldn’t be in real life.
Not a fan: Shailene Woodley, 29, recalled unrealistic sex scenes in which characters keep their clothes on while opening up about filming intimate scenes of herself in a Hollywood Reporter profile from Friday; seen March 2020
“A lot of times in movies you see two people having sex and the woman has her bra on, and in real life I don’t think I’ve ever had sex with a bra — or very, very rarely,” she admitted.
Woodley hasn’t even been afraid to appear naked in front of the camera when she thought it was the right choice for the scene, although she made those decisions after talking to 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 to the director, the other actor. We always have conversations of, ‘How do you plan to shoot it? Is nudity necessary? Is it going to distract from the scene, add something to the scene?’ We know exactly what the limits are. And I’ve never been in a situation where those things weren’t respected.”
The most recent example of her commitment to naturalism last year was the romantic indie 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.
Sometimes: “A lot of times in movies you see two people having sex and the woman has her bra on, and in real life I don’t think I’ve ever done 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-awareness.
“She’s not modern, she’s a legacy, like a French actress in the 60s or something,” he said. “She owns her sexuality in a way that is so liberating and magical. She can use her gut and her intuition a lot. She is calm and easy and present and kind and thoughtful and humble. And just as not – I hate to say it, but – actor.’
The key to her technique, whether in sex scenes or fully clothed moments, is to focus on what a character doesn’t want to reveal.
“I’ve always been so fascinated by, ‘What’s this person giving me on the surface and what’s behind their eyes?’ Because there are so many things that we don’t show other people.’
The Right Choice: Endings, Beginnings director Drake Doremus praised her for ‘possessing her sexuality in a way that’s so liberating and magical’
New Love: Woodley also talked about her engagement to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who she dated during the pandemic
Woodley also opened up about her engagement to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who she dated during the pandemic after being introduced by mutual friends.
The Descendants star said she and Rodgers hoped to live “in” their “little bubble” as long as possible and only made their engagement public so they could stay on top of the news.
“When we announced we were engaged, we only wanted to do it because we didn’t want anyone else to do it before we did,” she said of the big reveal, which took place as Aaron received his MVP award in February.
“And we didn’t do that for months and months after we got engaged.”
Even after the cat was out of the bag, they didn’t rush to share more details about their relationship.
“The response to it was really a lot, so we were like, ‘Let’s just politely decline’ [to talk about the relationship] for a while and live in our little bubble,” she continued.
Lovers: Aarons surprised many when he referred to his “fiance” during the NFL Honors in February as he took the MVP award, but they had been engaged for months