Charlie Hunnam has experienced his share of sex scenes, but for this star, who almost starred in Fifty Shades of Grey, the most embarrassing sex scene he ever had to film was when his co-stars husband was present.
Today we will be discussing this scene, and his thoughts on filming sex scenes now.
When it comes to Charlie Hunnam’s views on sex scenes, he actually does not like them. “I try to be sensitive to the fact that we’re doing something intimate, but also keep a clear boundary… Because I’m in a very committed relationship, and I’m also cognizant that it’s not my girlfriend’s favorite part of my job… It’s not my favorite thing to do.”
Hunnam is with his long-time girlfriend, Morgana McNelis, who is known for her costume and wardrobe work in Isolation and her acting roles in Acting 101 (as a bartender), 187: The McKenna Murders (as Laura). She got together with Charlie Hunnam sometime between 2005 and 2007, though nobody knows a surefire date.
This means that McNelis was dating Hunnam when he played the role of Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy. He was constantly having sex on-screen, constantly taking his shirt off. This probably plays into his earlier statement.
It cannot help matters that Hunnam appears to be a “germaphobe”. He does not like kissing anyone who is not his girlfriend. This fear comes from his childhood, when his town had a dog-related parasite that was causing people to go blind. The school he went to made people take courses on proper hygiene after several classmates lost their eyesight. The experience obviously traumatized him and made him weary.
“The point is, everyone thinks it’s great to be an actor and get to kiss a bunch of beautiful actresses in films, but I actually hate it,” he stated in his interview.
Now, the scene we’ve all been waiting to talk about. He was working on a film in 2019, True History of the Kelly Gang, and as part of the piece, he had to do an intimate sex scene with Essie Davis.
Davis’s husband, Justin Kurzel, was the man directing the piece! After meeting Charlie Hunnam for the first time, right before filming began, Essie Davis had to do a scene which included fellatio. “Charlie is such a divine human being. We met the night before this brutal scene and on the day we got down and dirty pretty much right away.”
According to Ace Showbiz, Davis stated that Hunnam was most embarrassed due to the fact her husband was directing every move that he made. She found the situation to be amusing, but the weather was terrible. “It was brutal and it was freezing and flooding and snowing,” she stated, on the topic of the weather.
Of course, Hunnam was not the only actor to work with Davis on an intimate scene. Nicholaus Hoult had to perform a rape scene with her once, which left her with a cracked rib.
While Davis’s intimate scene was his most embarrassing, he most regrets his part in Fifty Shades of Grey, or well, his almost role. He was slated to play the lead character, but he backed out at the last minute and Jamie Dornan replaced him.
When speaking about Fifty Shades of Grey with Elle, Hunnam revealed he had not seen the movie and he does not like to talk about the subject. Hunnam was forced to leave the show due to a prior commitment. Elle stated, “I developed a friendship with director Sam Taylor-Johnson, but that was a somewhat traumatic experience for me. I didn’t want to open that wound.”
Hunnam spoke that he does not feel that he is objectified in the movie industry, but does know that his appearance has “opened doors”. He wants his acting to outshine everything else about him.
But does Hunnam avoid films with sex scenes? However, he admitted that his early days in Hollywood prepared him: “You know what, I had such a baptism of fire with regards to sexuality on camera at the beginning of my career,” His first big appearance was Queer as Folk, where he played a gay man and performed extremely intimate scenes. “It’s like anything else, just an exciting challenge,” he added, and he anticipates that sex scenes will not be too much of a problem, despite the fact they make him slightly uncomfortable.