Dame Emma Thompson has admitted it was ‘extremely challenging’ to go ‘entirely nude’ in her new movie Good Luck To You, Leo Grande.
The 62-year-old actress plays a teacher in the forthcoming comedy who hires a male escort, played by Peaky Blinders’ Daryl McCormack, in the hope of having her first orgasm.
Speaking during a virtual Cinema Cafe discussion at the Sundance Film Festival, Dame Emma said: ‘It’s very challenging to be nude at 62. I don’t think I could’ve done it before the age that I am.
‘And yet, of course, the age that I am makes it extremely challenging because we aren’t used to seeing untreated bodies on-screen.’
The veteran actress said she believes there are still ‘dreadful demands’ placed on women to maintain perfect figures.
Speaking at the junket, she said: ‘Nothing has changed in the dreadful demands made upon women in the real-world world, but also in acting.
‘This thing of having to be thin is still the same as it ever was, and actually, in some ways I think it’s worse now.’
To prepare for the nude scene, not only did Dame Emma and Daryl strip off, but their director Sophie Hyde also disrobed.
The Love Actually star explained: ‘Sophie, Daryl, and I rehearsed entirely nude and talked about our bodies, talked about our relationship with our bodies, drew them, discussed the things that we find difficult about, things we like about them, described one another’s bodies’.
Dame Emma revealed that she formed a bond with her co-star Daryl by going on walks around London’s Hampstead Heath, navigating the slippery terrain.
She said: ‘That was very important that we could hold onto each other and laugh. Actually, that’s what we’ve done the entire time: held onto each other, slid about, and laugh. That walk kind of was emblematic of the whole journey.’
Most recently, Dame Emma played The Baroness in the 2021 film Cruella, and she has two other movies in the works.
She also stars alongside Lily James and Shazad Latif in What’s Love Got To Do With It, which is currently in post-production.
She’s also filming an adaptation of the film Matilda, where she plays Miss Trunchbull.
Good Luck To You, Leo Grande will be in cinemas later this year.
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