Chelsea finally gets a straight answer as to how actors avoid having sex when filming sex scenes.
Emmy Rossum's co-starring in Shameless—a new television series on Showtime—playing a character who is just that. Her character is a young woman that likes to get down and bump 'n grind on the regular and shows no remorse. And since it's Showtime—Emmy and the other characters can get away with showing (and doing) a lot more than network television shows can.
In response to the sex scenes she's had to do for the show, Emmy noted to Vegas Magazine that she appreaciates the fact that her chatacter's scenes are kept pretty realistic: "It doesn't make sense that the character would wear a bra and care at all about what she looks like when she's having sex," Emmy said. "Sex is meant to feel good, and she wants to feel good. Her life is so shitty in so many ways. Some people use alcohol, some people use gambling—and some people use sex."
Last night Emmy appreared on the very-funny Chelsea Handler's late night show "Chelsea Lately", and the none-too-shy host jumped right in with the quetion she was most dying to ask: How does Emmy keep herself from getting penetrated by accident during these hot love scenes?
To which Emmy responded to the audience's delight: "It's a slippery situation."
Turns out Chelsea asks this question to a lot of her guests because she's always been dying to know (and so have we!) how actors manage these very steamy, realistic love scenes in which both actors are rubbing up against each other's naked bodies without actaully having their "down-there" parts touch.
Seems Emmy was more than happy to give Chelsea the answer she'd been waiting for. She told Chelsea that the "Shameless" crew like the sex on the show to be realistic but not real. Emmy explained that she wears something she calls the "vadge-pad"—triangular maxi-pad like cover that she sticks to herself, and that the man usually wears a sock. This way they can completely surrender to their characters' desires without having to worry about anything accidentally happening down south. Watch the "Chelsea Lately" interview at Popeater.
And this method certainly seems to work—the scenes in "Shameless" are some of the steamiest in television today.