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Jake Gyllenhaal found early success opposite Jennifer Aniston in 2002 the good girl, but the experience of making the film wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.
The actor, who recently clarified that he does indeed shower, opened up during a recent interview on The Howard Stern Show. Gyllenhaal said filming those scenes “was torture,” though he later added, “But it wasn’t torture either. I mean, come on, it was like a mix of both.”
In his early twenties when he shot the film, the now 40-year-old actor described the process of filming a love scene as “strangely mechanical.” He continued: “Oddly enough, love scenes are awkward, because maybe 30, 50 people are watching? That doesn’t turn me on. … And it’s a dance too – you choreograph in front of a camera. You can get into it, but it’s like a fight scene, you have to choreograph those scenes.”
Despite the awkwardness of the experience in general, Gyllenhaal admitted that Aniston was a great and very cooperative co-star, suggesting that they “use the pillow technique” by placing a pillow between them during the scenes. “I think that was actually a suggestion from Jennifer,” he said. “I think she was actually really nice about suggesting it before we started. … She said, ‘I’ll put a pillow here.’ That was it; that was all she said.”
Watch Gyllenhaal describe the experience in the clip above.