Jake Gyllenhaal, like everyone else with a beating heart and network television access, had a crush on Jennifer Aniston in the early aughts. Unlike the vast majority of Friends fans though, Gyllenhaal found himself starring in a film with America's sweetheart.
Recounting his experience shooting sex scenes with Aniston for The Good Girl (2002) in an interview with Howard Stern, Gyllenhaal joked that it was "torture."
"It was torture, yes it was, but it was not torture, I mean, come on," he told the SiriusXM host. "It was a mix of both."
"Weirdly love scenes are awkward because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it," he went on. "Maybe if you have a closed set, it's less. That doesn't turn me on. Most of the time, it's oddly mechanical … you're choreographing for a camera. You could get in it, but it's like a fight scene."
Still, Aniston was quick to employ the "pillow technique" during her intimate scenes with the actor.
"That was just preemptive and generally always used when actually in a horizontal place in that movie," he said of the on-set measure. "I think that was actually Jennifer's suggestion. I think she was actually very kind to suggest that before we began. She was like, 'I'm putting a pillow here.'"
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