Dakota Johnson believes it’s sometimes necessary to have “a shot of something strong” before filming difficult sex scenes.
The final film of the E. L. James erotic book trilogy, “Fifty Shades Freed,” was released this weekend, and Johnson spoke with Marie Claire magazine about the various problems she encountered while performing the often wild and elaborate sex scenes.
“Most of [our preparation] is just really figuring out exactly how we are going to accomplish the scene beforehand — so that there’s not a lot of waiting around while we’re both vulnerable,” she said, speaking about herself and co-star Jamie Dornan. “But, if something is very, very difficult, it’s sometimes necessary to have a shot of something strong beforehand.”
One of the most awkward situations involved having a modesty thong super-glued to her body. “It’s not glue, but it’s sticky. They’re, like, basically if it were a nipple pastie, but underwear. But it’s only sticky at the top, it’s not sticky the whole way,” the 28-year-old said.
“It would also come off because the adhesive would wear out, so then they would super-glue it to my body so that it wouldn’t fall off. And I would wear two of them. It’s not painful, I mean, it’s barely anything. But I guess you have some sense of being covered. It’s f**king bizarre,” Johnson added.
As for the toughest scene, the actress said the “handcuff” sex scene from the most recent movie was “the most difficult one by far.”
“I was handcuffed with my arms and legs to the gate. It’s like a fence thing that comes down. And I was blindfolded. And it was kind of shocking because I didn’t realize that no matter how prepared or rehearsed I was, when your senses are taken away like that, you can’t control the way your nervous system will react,” she explained. “So it was really tricky to navigate that scene. It was kind of difficult.”
“Fifty Shades Freed” is in theatres now.