Jake Gyllenhaal admits filming sex scenes with Jennifer Aniston was ‘torture’

Some may describe filming a sex scene with a film crew present as incredibly awkward, but according to Jake Gyllenhaal, navigating an intimate moment on screen felt like Jennifer Aniston as “torture.”

See you on Howard Stern Show, Gyllenhaal talked about how he felt while working with Aniston on the set of their 2002 drama The good girl, all the while she had reached superstar, with Friends still in the air and as popular as ever.

Of course, filming sex scenes would be one of the most awkward experiences in an actor’s career.

Not only do they perform choreographed movements to mimic sexual acts in front of an entire crew – there is even an ‘intimacy trainer’ to help them feel more comfortable – but it becomes increasingly uncomfortable if, as in Gyllenhaal’s case, you fall in love with their stage partner.

“(Filming the sex scenes) was torture – yes it was,” Gyllenhaal said.

“But it was not torture either. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both. ”

Gyllenhaal appeared on The Howard Stern Show and recounted how he felt while working with Aniston on the set of their 2002 drama The Good Girl.
Gyllenhaal appeared on The Howard Stern Show and talked about how he felt while working with Aniston on the set of their 2002 drama The Good Girl. Credit: The good girl

Directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White (creator of The white lotus), The good girl followed Justine (played by Aniston), a treasurer in a small town in Texas who is not happy with her life or her husband.

When she meets a young new cashier named Holden (played by Gyllenhaal), they have an affair.

“Oddly enough, love scenes are awkward because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it? It does not turn me on, ”Gyllenhaal revealed.

“It’s strangely mechanical. And it’s a dance too – you choreograph for a camera. You can get into it, but it’s like a battle scene, you have to choreograph these scenes. ”

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Gyllenhaal, however, was quick to add that Aniston made sure that their intimate scenes were a little more comfortable by using the “pillow technique”, a popular tactic that sees actors put a pillow between themselves and their stage partner to create a skel.

“I think it was actually a Jennifer proposal,” he said.

“I think she was actually very kind to suggest it before we started … She was like, ‘I’m putting a pillow here. ‘ Thats it; that was all she said. ”

“She’s a tough, you know, not sympathetic. So hard to compliment, ”he joked.

Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal. Credit: Jason Merritt / TERM/FilmMagic

“I want to say that I loved her for years. And it was not easy working with her … I was – uh, yes. That’s all I want to say. That was nice. It was not difficult, I would say. ”

Gyllenhaal has also admitted that he was not a fan of at the time Friends but was impressed with her “personality far from it, and movies she was in”.

All we can say is – welcome to Jennifer Aniston fan club, Gyllenhaal.


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