I have the usual self-loathing and body issues, and yet I seem to be naked in a lot of movies. It would be really nice if the pictures did not get posted online. It’s probably not true, but just my dirty mind at work. To this day I can get in and out of my bra and panties faster than anyone took years to get off the ground, and I was able to stick with it.But then maybe that’s a reason to do it: Just get naked, and who cares if it ends up on the Internet. MW: I actively stay away from reading about myself. I don’t think that’s good—would Tolstoy even have written , out December 31, you and Ryan Gosling have an extremely raw and very naked sex scene. LH: During the acclaim and Oscar nomination for , which was directed by Todd Haynes. when I was 15 and I got emancipated from my parents. That feels a million miles away—I don’t feel I’m the same person anymore. I first read the script when I was 21, 22, and it became my reason for being for the longest time. LH: Ryan, you’re from Canada, but you seem distinctly American. Ryan Gosling: As a kid I decided that a Canadian accent doesn’t sound tough. So now I have a phony accent that I can’t shake, so it’s not phony anymore.All of these things are artificial, and you have to strip that away if you’re going to achieve a sense of intimacy. When I made , the director, Nick Cassavetes, who is John’s son, used to show me his father’s movies. In real life sex is messy, and we wanted to get at that wonderful messiness. He told me so many stories: John would have an idea for a movie, and he’d wake Nick up in the middle of the night and pitch the story to him. If the character is true, the movie will fall into place. The couple is fighting, and it’s the angriest, most realistic sex scene I’ve seen in a film in years. It was hard…a lot of times actors can trick people into thinking something is happening when it’s not happening, and we had to call ourselves out on anything that didn’t feel honest.Actors become very professional and proficient about watching out for each other’s light and not stepping on each other’s lines.Ryan Gosling has played down rumours he is dating Michelle Williams.The pair sparked speculation of a real-life romance when snapped holding hands at the photocall for new movie Blue Valentine at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday.
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Michelle Williams: I spent the day in a chlorinated pool in my bathing suit. At a photo shoot, for instance, I feel like a sham.
On Friday I’m getting naked with a group of women—all ages, shapes, and sizes—in a YMCA locker room. I feel like they’re trying to cover up what’s wrong with me. But auditioning taught me to change my clothes really fast.
MW: We never rehearsed anything, and those were really dark days. I played a character like Edie Sedgwick, the Warhol superstar. When I ran into Ryan [Gosling], he said, “What about that movie? I’m going for the Madonna thing, the Lady Gaga thing—a phony accent that becomes your trademark.
We shot the beginning of our relationship first, and it was fun and alive. Ryan and I had stopped relating to each other as Ryan and Michelle. I had a long drive from set to home each night, and I would roll down all the windows and turn up the music as loud as I could and hang my head out the window like a dog and scream. She was overt and sexual and confident, and that was different for me. LH: You’ve acted since you were a child—you’d think it would be second nature to play any character. ” I was surprised; I thought Blue Valentine existed only in my head. LH: And you have interesting tattoos—they look like you got them in prison. I’m waiting to get old—I think old guys with tattoos look good.