Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway grace the cover — make that three covers — of the latest Entertainment Weekly to discuss their new film Love and Other Drugs, and they're wearing a lot less clothes than they were in those movie stills! In the film, the actors play two relationship-phobes whose casual fling takes a serious turn (watch the trailer again here). But a big reason the film is getting so much attention is the reported multiple sex scenes. Read on as the duo discuss what it's like to get it on (and strip down) on camera.
- On their rehearsal process:
Hathaway: "We had two weeks of rehearsal. It was literally the three of us [Gyllenhaal, Hathaway, and director Edward Zwick] in a room, playing. And talking about books that moved us."
Gyllenhaal: "And watching some pretty racy, sexy scenes from movies."
Hathaway: "And saying, 'All right, this is turning me on right now!'"
- Gyllenhaal on their chemistry:
"There's, like, this little door that you open up and you're like, 'You down?' 'Yeah, I'm down — let's do it.' And the door closes when the scene ends. Yeah, it's sexy when we're doing it. And then it stops. But she could probably talk to a wall and have chemistry."
For more excerpts, including how they kept their sex scenes authentic, just read more.
- On keeping the sex scenes authentic:
Gyllenhaal: "When you watch these movies about people who supposedly spend the rest of their lives together, it's always odd to me that the girl, after they've slept together four or five times, would have her body covered and be shy in front of the person she's going to spend the rest of her life with. And then you have the shot of him getting up and you see his butt. There's always the, like, walk-to-the-shower shot. There's this weird cliché that happens that's gotten under the skin of audiences. That's not a really good cinematic representation of love."
Hathaway: "Talking about the sheet not being placed just so, Jake and I were in this amazing take, and he turned and caught the sheet and pulled it off me. And I wasn't going to yell 'Cut.' I just thought, 'Go with it, Hathaway. If it was theater, you would go with it.' And I did. And of course that is the take that is in the movie."
- On being nervous about taking their clothes off:
Hathaway: "I didn't want to make a big deal about nerves. Of course, there is that revoltingly embarrassing moment when you have to take your clothes off in front of strangers. I mean, I don't go to the beach in a bikini for a reason."
Gyllenhaal: "An unfortunate thing for the rest of the world."
Hathaway: "Aw, thanks. So for me, this role was pretty out-there in terms of the way I usually am in public concerning my body. So I thought, 'Okay, I'm going to be in control. I'm going to do everything properly, disrobe at the last minute, and in between shots get the clothes back on.' But then I found that every time I put my robe back on, it rubbed all the body makeup off, and that added 20 minutes to filming. As with all things in life, the second you stop making it about you and you make it about everyone else, it just got, dare I say, fun. There wasn't anything to be nervous about. It was another scene."