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Jake Gyllenhaal Recalls Filming Love Scene With Jennifer Aniston, And Using A Pillow To Separate Them

Most Hollywood stars will tell viewers there’s more technicality involved in doing love scenes, rather than them simply being sensual and romantic moments. Sometimes those love scenes can get complicated when there’s an attraction between co-stars, and the attraction can be one-sided in some cases. That is what happened with Jake Gyllenhaal while shooting The Good Girl with Jennifer Aniston. Gyllenhaal recalled a pillow being used in a love scene between him and Aniston.

Of course, any guy from Jake Gyllenhaal to the guy on the corner had a crush on Rachel from Friends. That crush on Jennifer Aniston led to some parameters for her and Gyllenhaal’s intimate scene in The Good Girl. Thinking back on his experience shooting the indie drama, the Oscar nominee revealed how a certain precaution was taken for the intimate scene:

I do remember a pillow. Yeah, the pillow technique was used. That was just preemptive, and used — generally, always — when actually in a horizontal place in that movie. Everything else is whatever it was. I remember those two characters did a lot of making out on like, boxes in the back room.

While discussing the romantic scene, Jake Gyllenhaal revealed using the pillow was Jennifer Aniston’s idea. Gyllenhaal recalled Aniston being insisting on the pillow being used while they were horizontal, saying:

I think that was actually a Jennifer suggestion. I think she was actually very kind to suggest it before we began… She was like, 'I'm putting a pillow here.' That was it, that was all she said.

Using the pillow in the scene was the best option for Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Aniston. Whether Aniston knew of his crush or not, Gyllenhaal should probably be thankful for that pillow. Even though both actors are professional, if things got too exciting, filming could’ve become awkward between The Morning Show star and the Ambulance star.

While speaking with The Howard Stern Show, Jake Gyllenhaal gave moviegoers a peek at the technical aspects of filming his bedroom scene with Jennifer Aniston. The Guilty star explained what all goes into making a Hollywood love scene.

Weirdly, love scenes are awkward because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it. Maybe if you have a closed set, it's less. That doesn't turn me on. Most of the time, it's oddly mechanical, right? Yes, and also it's a dance. You're choreographing for a camera… It's one of those things — it's like a fight scene, you've got to choreograph those things, and I always have tried.

Jake Gyllenhaal revealed love scenes between actors are certainly nothing to write home about. He even equated shooting a romantic scene to crafting a fight scene. That could be a major blow to the illusions viewers have crafted in their minds. At least Gyllenhaal gave fans a little secret about a pivotal scene from The Good Girl. Years after the film’s release, his career has grown rapidly, with The Guilty currently streaming on Netflix.

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