10 Actors’ Responses to Their Incredibly Awkward Nude Scenes

Hollywood stars make getting naked on camera look easy, but many will confess how incredibly uncomfortable or even boring it is to bare all on screen. There are tricks to overcoming this, of course, but for those who haven’t stripped for their audiences before things can get a little tricky. If you’re starring in a hotly anticipated film — like the one that spent three installments pretending their lead stars didn’t actually have genitals — the pressure is really on. This got us thinking about the most awkward nude scenes in cinema. How did the actors and actresses handle being in the buff? Some stars used awkward nudity for comedic effect, while others looked flawless, but felt terrible — and in a few cases, the unpleasant feelings we had were all in our own heads. Still, we wanted to know: did they find the experience as strange to shoot as we did to watch? Find out past the break where we revisit a few naked nightmares.

Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls

The scene:

Pretty much every frame of the film. Berkley spends most of her screen time nude, which for diehard Saved by the Bell Fans was a little weird at first. The most awkward scene hands-down, however, is watching Berkley convulsing naked in a pool like an epileptic, horny dolphin for her sex scene with co-star Kyle MacLachlan. (What were you thinking Agent Cooper?)

Her response:

Berkley tried to approach her stripped scenes with a good sense of humor — which makes sense, because audiences laughed at Showgirls. A lot. In this interview with David Letterman (also kind of awkward, due to the lap dance she gives him at the end), she told the show’s host that the four and a half months she spent nude became like second nature and didn’t bother her in the slightest.