Kristen Stewart and Amanda Seyfried have both taken bold leaps in their careers in upcoming movies. Both involve extensive nude scenes, and they talk about the experience in separate interviews. Other young Hollywood actresses are facing similar career decisions.
At some point almost every young actress will have to face a career decision about exposing themselves on the big screen.
For some like Jessica Alba and Megan Fox, the answer is a flat-out no. For others, the answer isn’t always so clear. Sometimes the role justifies it and makes the decision for them.
After four years of playing a chaste Bella Swan in the “Twilight” film saga, Stewart made a bold departure by playing MaryLou, the free-loving teen in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel “On the Road.” She shocked many of her “Twilight” by appearing topless for the first time in the film.
“As a young person who loves the book, I am asked constantly what people see in it. I think it’s a really good time to make the movie version. The sex and the drugs aren’t necessarily disarming for us anymore,” she said in an interview yesterday with Tavis Smiley. “It made me more hungry for experience. It made me realize I don’t want to be so comfy all the time.”
In June, a short clip from the movie went viral on the Internet showing Stewart in a scene with Hedlund and Riley. Stewart is topless, performing a sex act on both men in the front seat of their car.
“To watch genuine experience on film is just so much more interesting than seeing [it faked]. You can see the tape holding up the pasties. I wanted to do it,” she said at the Cannes Film Festival.
“I love pushing, I love scaring myself!” Stewart told reporters at the Festival, where the picture screened in May. “There’s nothing ever to be ashamed of …” she said.
Seyfried has had slightly more experience with on-camera nudity. She appeared topless briefly in her 2009 film “Chloe,” with Julianne Moore. At first she was hesitant about the film because of the nudity.
“My publicist and my mother didn’t want me to do Chloe because there was a lot of nudity,” she told Britain’s OK magazine. But her agent pointed out that it was a “really, really good role.” Working with an experience actress like Moore convinced her to take the part.
With her latest role in her upcoming movie “Lovelace.” about the ’70s-era porn pioneer, came up, she’s much more philosophical. “It’s not about my body. It’s not about me. You’re playing somebody else,” she said in the upcoming issue of “InStyle” magazine.
“You’re not going to believe a love scene if the people are dressed. You’re not going to believe a stripper who has on a bra and underwear the whole time. At the same time, it has to do with how comfortable you are with letting people see your skin. For me, I’m ok with it,” she said.
“What surprised me is the amount of pubic hair!” she said about watching “Deep Throat,” the ground-breaking movie that starred Lovelace.