Emmy Rossum is used to holding her own, whether in real life or onscreen as the fierce star of Shameless, Fiona Gallagher. So when an online commenter tried to downplay her acting credentials, Rossum was quick to defend her career.
After the vice presidential debate on Wednesday, Rossum tweeted about her excitement to buy an “I’m speaking” t-shirt, inspired by a quote from Sen. Kamala Harris. A Twitter user responded to the Golden Globe nominee with disparaging remarks about her exposed TV scenes. Rossum was quick to clap back, saying, “I get paid to tell stories and life sometimes involves this awesome thing called sex. Maybe you’ve just never had any so you don’t know.”
In the past, the acclaimed actor has opened up about filming love scenes, telling E! News in a 2014 interview, “Being naked in character is very easy because it’s just playing pretend… In real life I’m much more prudish.” Though, it should be noted that romantic flings are the least wild plot points of the hit series that follows the misadventures of the dysfunctional, yet lovable Gallagher family.
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Emilia Clarke came under fire while starring as Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons, on Game of Thrones. While the smash HBO series involved many kinds of sex scenes, featuring an array of main characters, Clarke drew criticism for derobing. “I get a lot of [judgment] for having done… sex scenes,” Clarke told Elle. “That, in itself, is so antifeminist. Women hating on other women is just the problem.”
In the hot new Hulu drama Normal People, the lead duo Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones bore all. However, Mescal made clear that he was happy with the raw intimacy depicted onscreen, despite what a few viewers may have said. “We worked really hard to make it feel like it was a real, accurate representation of sex amongst young people today, and it’s actually something I’m incredibly proud of,” he told RTÉ Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy. And while some celebs are friends on set, here are 11 Beloved Movie Couples Who Clashed Behind the Scenes.
Sex is an integral part of the Starz saga Outlander, featuring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heugan as the romantic leads. While critics may have disagreed with the filming of certain, shall we say, intense scenes, Balfe has been vocal about the show’s honest portrayal of intimacy, especially regarding the wedding episode in the first season. “It’s very sweet and funny and a bit awkward,” she told The Guardian. “I’m proud of how we’ve approached all that on the show.” Balfe adds that her comfort with nudity on set also stems from how involved she and Heugan are in the writers’ room. And for more Hollywood updates sent right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Who could ever forget the spark between Nicole Kidman and then-husband Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut? The 1999 film resulted in some of the most iconic movie moments, which Kidman said was thanks to a careful contract with director Stanley Kubrick that allowed her to screen the scenes and give her final approval. “I didn’t say no to any of it,” Kidman recently told The New York Times. “I’d wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to be me standing there [naked] and everyone laughing at me. I would never think of not wanting the storytelling to be told properly. Having them say, ‘Once you’re OK with it, great, that’s it’—what a fantastic place to be in as a woman.” And for more famous duos, check out these 13 Photos of Celebrity Couples When They First Got Together.