Reese Witherspoon says she had ‘no control’ over orgasm scene despite saying no
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Reese Witherspoon said that she 'didn't have control' over a sex scene with Mark Wahlberg.
The 47-year-old actor has recently lifted the lid on her experience working on the 1996 thriller, Fear.
For those unfamiliar with the James Foley movie, it follows 16-year-old Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) as she strikes up a relationship with ‘bad boy’ David McCall (Mark Wahlberg) after meeting him at a rave.
However, as their romance intensifies, David’s dark side begins to develop and his obsession with Nicole becomes dangerous.
In one explicit scene, David and Nicole get steamy while riding a rollercoaster and she experiences an orgasm - a scene which Witherspoon says 'wasn't explicit' in the script.
Speaking about the Fear scene with Harper’s Bazaar, Witherspoon said “I didn’t have control over it.
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.”
"It wasn't a particularly great experience.”
She also said that she requested a stunt double for the below-the-waist scenes.
The Morning Show star said that despite having to film the raunchy scene with Wahlberg, she is 'certainly not traumatised or anything by it'.
However, she does believe it was a 'formative' lesson which has informed her 32-year-long film career.
"It made me understand where my place was in the pecking order of filmmaking,” Witherspoon continued.
"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.”
Tyla has reached out to Wahlberg and Foley's reps for comment, as well as Universal Pictures.
These days, Witherspoon is running her own film and media company, Hello Sunshine.
Witherspoon is also responsible for adapting Delia Owens’ novel, Where the Crawdads Sing for the big screen, as well as bringing to life the new Kathryn Hahn-led miniseries, Tiny Beautiful Things.
Witherspoon says that Hello Sunshine was created around the idea that 'media was largely dominated by male voices and male perspectives'.
Adding: "So to be able to create opportunities where women are telling their stories in their own words, you’re just getting a better perspective of the human experience.”