In her latest movie The Lifeguard, Kristen Bell filmed an explicit love scene with her 19-year-old co-star, which she intimately details in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Acting may be an art form, but shooting love scenes is a very intimate and potentially uncomfortable scenario for both parties involved, particularly if they have a significant other like Kristen Bell.
In the comedy-drama, Bell's character "Leigh London" returns back home amid a life crisis to reprise her high school job as a lifeguard. She then becomes romantically involved with a 16-year-old, "Jason" (portrayed David Lambert, 19 at the time of production), with whom she shares a love scene.
Bell reveals that she felt she first had to run the script by her fiancé, actor Dax Shepard, before she undertook the role because of the steamy love scene.
"I wanted so badly to be a part of it and I gave the script to my significant other and I said, 'Do you want to read through this? It is a really graphic love scene. Do you want to talk about it?'" Bell recalled to Vanity Fair.
"He said, 'You know what, I don't care. I trust you. As long as you don't come back pregnant, I don't care.' And I came back pregnant, which we always joke about."
Filming a love scene is typically a daunting task for an actor. Hence, filming one with an actor who was 11 years her minor and still a teenager was an intimidating feat for an actress in Bell's position.
Nevertheless, she divulged that she handled it like a pro and unraveled any potential awkwardness between her and her teenage co-star at the onset.
"We really shook hands and said, 'Let's make this graphic and real.' Even prior to rolling, I think I just grabbed his hands and put them all over my chest and said, 'This is it. Don't be shy. Do what you do. I won't be uncomfortable. I trust you,'" the 33-year-old actress recounted.
"He was extremely professional," she gushed of Lambert. "Going into a scene that intimate as a female, you couldn't ask for a better partner. There's a lot of choreography going into the camera work and making sure you can't see the, like, one inch of fabric that is actually keeping you from having sex."
The Lifeguard comes to theaters this Friday (Aug. 30).