Emma Thompson talks about the ‘challenge’ of shooting full-frontal nude scenes ‘at the age that I am’


Emma Thompson has opened up about the “difficulty” of shooting nude scenes “at the age that I am” in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

The newly released comedy stars Thompson as Nancy, a retired religious education teacher who hires a sex worker in the hopes of experiencing her first orgasm.

Prior to the film’s release on Friday (17 June), the 62-year-old spoke about rehearsing “entirely nude” and filming a full-frontal scene.

One scene sees her character “stand in front of a mirror alone and she drops her robe”.

On her decision to appear naked in the movie, the actor told Entertainment Weekly: “It’s very challenging to be nude at 62.”

She said: “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 the screen.”

The Academy Award-winner also spoke about the “dreadful demands” put on women both in the real world and in acting.

“Nothing has changed in the dreadful demands made upon women in the real world but also in acting,” she said.

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“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.”

Thompson stars opposite Peaky Blinders’ Daryl McCormack in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, which will be released later this year.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is in cinemas now. You can read The Independent’s four-star review of the film here.

Recently, Thompson also spoke about Johnny Depp’s recently concluded defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard and the effects it may have on the #MeToo movement.


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