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Reese Witherspoon Didn’t Want To Film This “Explicit” Sex Scene—But She Had No Choice

The actress has opened up about the difficult experience.
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Reese Witherspoon has opened up about being forced to film a sex scene when she had said no. 

During an interview with Harpers Bazaar, the actress said the sex scene took place while filming the 1996 psychosexual thriller Fear. 

“It wasn’t explicit in the script that that’s what was going to happen, so that was something that I think the director thought of on his own and then asked me on set if I would do it, and I said no,” Witherspoon told the publication. 

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Reese Witherspoon has opened up about being forced to film a sex scene. (Credit: Getty)

The Legally Blonde actress, who was 19 years old at the time of filming, also shared that she had even requested a stunt double for the scene, which would take place with then 25 year old actor Mark Wahlberg, but her request was denied. 

“I didn’t have control over it,” Witherspoon added. “I’m certainly not traumatised or anything by it, but it was formative.”

The scene in question involved Witherspoon’s character, Nicole, having an orgasm on a rollercoaster, which Witherspoon has since described as “not a great experience.” 

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Reese Witherspoon in ‘Fear’ (1996) (Credit: Hidden Empire Film Group)

Witherspoon noted that the experience is partly what inspired her to create her own film production and media company, Hello Sunshine. 

“It made me understand where my place was in the pecking order of filmmaking,” Reese explained. “I think it’s another one of those stories that made me want to be an agent for change and someone who maybe can be in a better leadership position to tell stories from a female perspective instead of from the male gaze.”

Witherspoon’s production company has brought to life a number of television series and films including, Where The Crawdad Sings, Tiny Beautiful Things, Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show. The company also has a number of upcoming works, including Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Tracy Flick Can’t Win and Legally Blonde 3.

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