'The Sessions' Star Helen Hunt Opens Up About Sex & Full Nudity

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Helen Hunt & John Hawkes
We sat down with the cast and crew of the new movie making quite the buzz about sex surrogacy.

While not knowing each other, of course getting naked in front of each other was awkward—as it was supposed to be in the film. To make that come out on screen, Lewin filmed the scenes chronologically so that the first time they saw each other naked, was the actual first time—awkward and uncomfortable. Hawkes considered this "a gift" from the director.

"Helen and I tried not to really get to know each other and to give each other room, so that when we shot that first session scene, a lot of things happened for the very first time on camera," Hawkes explained of the first time seeing each other naked. "It wasn't rehearsed much at all. So for Helen and I to shoot those scenes in order was very beneficial and as the characters over time shot the next scenes, they knew each other better, as did she and I."

So, are you wondering what the difference is between being a sex surrogate and a prostitute, yet? Helen Hunt as well as the real Cheryl Greene thought that it was important to understand.

"It was important to me that that line be in there about the difference," Hunt said. "It's not only the difference, she says, it's not the same; I have nothing against prostitutes, but it's different. I didn't want it to sound like 'that's obviously a horrible sin and this is an angelic calling.' It's all really nobody's business but the person who's doing it. It's all explained well by the real woman. A prostitute wants your returned business. I won't even take your returned business. This is different; this is to set you up for having a sexual life."

She also thinks the R-rated movie that she is shown completely naked in, should be seen by teens.

"You know, I have a step-son who's 15 and a daughter who's eight so we're circling either side of that moment when they begin to realize that there's such thing as sex," Hunt shared. "So it makes me really all the more, want for them to have a positive introduction to that. I think young people should see the movie. I think 16, 17-year-olds should see the movie with their parents. That would be a big deal, a gift to give their kid to not go through the ridiculous thing we all go through thinking everybody else knows how to do it, everybody else has got it down; all that is not happening in this movie. I think it would be great. It's taken with me a real desire, especially for younger people, to see it."

So, have we got you wanting to see the film yet? Trust us, you want to see this. The Sessions is in theaters now!

Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight

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