Dakota Johnson Says Filming Fifty Shades Sex Scenes Was Tedious

Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker
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Surprisingly enough, even Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey had some trouble shaking it up in the bedroom. The Fifty Shades franchise concluded earlier this year with Fifty Shades Freed, and in retrospect, Dakota Johnson recently admits that it became a bit tiresome filming one sultry scene after the other. In her words:

Shooting two films back to back, where the majority is the same, over and over, did get a little bit tedious. It became, 'how are we going to make this goddamn sex scene better than the other ones?' There's only so much you can do when the film is rated R. It was tricky.

The Fifty Shades franchise may have tackled eroticism such as BDSM, but it was over three installments with often lukewarm storylines to accompany it. Even with an R-rating, the franchise could only go so far and as you can imagine, it got a little ridiculous for its leads Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan after a while. In her interview with The Times, Johnson confessed that it was difficult at times to continue with the franchise much because it "shape-shifted" into something different than she initially thought it would.

While the Fifty Shades franchise receives a lot more flack and stigma than most, each installment surpassed $100 million domestically at the box office, making it a strong success that had its fans still fascinated by the passionate romance between Anastasia and Christian. As the actors move on from their most recognizable roles thus far, Dakota Johnson still finds that the experience was worth some uncomfortableness. Johnson isn't regretful for the role, describing that the franchise turned out great and just as it was supposed to. She continued with:

But it was a challenge I'm not ashamed of and I'm infinitely grateful to... I learned so much about my personal resilience.

Following Fifty Shades Freed, Dakota Johnson has taken on differently dark new roles that has tested her resilience again. While filming the conclusion for Anastasia Steele, Johnson was also hard at work learning to be a dancer for the terrifying remake of Suspiria, a film so intense for her that she said she had to go to therapy after. The upcoming horror film starring Johnson has been receiving rave reviews for nightmarish retelling of the 1977 movie.

Dakota Johnson also appears in the new star studded neo-noir crime thriller, Bad Times at the El Royale, where the actress plays a quietly suspicious woman who checks into a rundown hotel full of twists and turns. Considering Johnson has three starring roles this year alone, her resilience is more apparent than ever. Bad Times at the El Royale is in theaters now and Suspiria comes out on October 26.

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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