Kristen Stewart Talks Nudity, Filming Sex Scenes: 'People Are a Little Too F**king Weird About It'

by Antoinette Bueno 12:21 PM PDT, October 05, 2016
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Though Kristen Stewart is notoriously press-shy, when it comes to nudity and shooting sex scenes, she's pretty fearless.

The 26-year-old actress is busy promoting three upcoming films -- Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Certain Women and Personal Shopper, the latter of which finds her nude in a sex scene. In the thriller, directed by Olivier Assayas, Stewart plays a celebrity assistant mourning the death of her twin brother.

"I wasn't apprehensive. I feel super great with director Olivier [Assayas], as well," Stewart tells W magazine about shooting the scene naked. "The scenes in which I don't have clothes on or the scenes that seem 'risqué' from an outsider's perspective, there was no acknowledgment on his part."

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"They're very f**king French," she adds. "We are weirder about s**t like that. You kind of have to take yourself personally out of it. My personal feeling about that is that I'm really unashamed, but within the context of the story, there's a lot of shame. She lives and breathes f**king shame and guilt. And so it's kind of nice to see someone stripped and bare, totally bare. There's a strength in it."

Stewart has similar thoughts on filming the sex scene.

"There's an aspect of sexuality in the movie that's so lonely and that is just one of the saddest things," she explains about the context of her character, Maureen. "She's not with anyone. Like the sex scene? Totally alone. She's interacting with a fake person on a phone. And there's just something so f**king raw about it, and without that stuff it would be a different thing."

"I think people are way, way, way too precious about that," she continues. "It is precious -- that's probably the wrong word to use. I still want women's bodies and the way they want to reveal them -- it should be a precious thing -- I don't want to de-sexualize it in some way. But at the same time, I'm not weird about it. I'm pretty open. I think people are a little too f**king weird about it, to be honest, but that's kind of why I was like, 'I'll do it.'"

The actress acknowledges that her chosen career path, given her issues with anxiety, does makes things difficult.

"I am so f**king masochistic," she says. " ... This morning [before doing press] I was like, 'F**k!' I really have to push myself. On a constant basis, I'm always like, 'Okay, f**king just do this!'"

Though, of course, she also gets a rush when it comes to facing her fears.

"I feel that way about projects I choose," she explains. "There's one movie next year that I'm going to do. And I talked to the director the other day and I was like, 'It's really weird, I read the script and it's so f**king easy for me, I should do it.' But then alternatively, there are parts where I'm like, 'Oh God, this is gonna kill me.' And that's what I'm most excited about. That's when I really get amped."

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Stewart hit the New York Film Festival on Monday to promote her film, Certain Women, alongside her co-stars -- Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, and Lily Gladstone -- where all eyes were on her, thanks to her sexy red Sandro pantsuit. The Chanel spokeswoman chose to go shirtless, completing the bold look with dark red lipstick.

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