Emma Thompson Admits Getting Naked for New Film at Her Age Is ‘Challenging’

The ‘Cruella’ actress finds it difficult to bare her skin while filming ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ as people are not ‘used to seeing untreated bodies on the screen.’

AceShowbizEmma Thompson has opened up about the difficulty of shooting nude scenes at her age. In a new interview, the actress portraying Baroness in “Cruella” admitted that being nude at 62 years old for her new film was “challenging.”

During the Cinema Cafe conversation at Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 22, the actress talked about rehearsing “entirely nude” and filming a full-frontal scene for “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande“. On her decision to shoot the scene, she said, “It’s very challenging to be nude at 62,” before adding of her character, Nancy Stokes, “She stands in front of a mirror alone and she drops her robe.”

“I don’t think I could’ve done it before the age that I am,” Emma continued. The “Love Actually” star went on elaborating, “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.”

Emma also discussed 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,” so said the Academy Award-winner.

“[Sophie Hyde, the director], [Daryl McCormack] and I rehearsed entirely nude and talked about our bodies, talked about our relationship with our bodies, drew them, discussed the things that we find difficult about, things we like about them, described one another’s bodies,” Emma shared. “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,” the “Nanny McPhee Returns” actress added.

Elsewhere during the conversation, Emma shared that she formed a bond with her co-star, Daryl, by going on walks around London’s Hampstead Heath and navigating the muddy and slippery terrain. “That was very important that we could hold onto each other and laugh,” she claimed.

“Actually, that’s what we’ve done the entire time, held onto each other, slid about, and laugh,” Emma talked about her relationship with the 29-year-old Irish actor. “That walk kind of was emblematic of the whole journey,” she noted.

“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. The film follows Nancy, a widowed school teacher who hires a male escort, played by Daryl, for a date, hoping to experience an orgasm for the first time. The film also stars Isabella Laughland and it has yet to be picked up for distribution after its world premiere at Sundance.

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