Meg Ryan's Son Waited Forever To Watch When Harry Met Sally Because Of The Orgasm Scene

Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally...
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Thirty-some years later, actress Meg Ryan is still best known for her string of rom-coms penned by Nora Ephron, including her pair-ups with Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. At the climax of her career, 1989's When Harry Met Sally... came out and is still considered to be one of the best of all time for the genre. Recently, Ryan's son with Dennis Quaid, 26-year-old son Jack Quaid, admitted that he actually steered clear of his mom's famous role until recently because of one iconic scene. In his words:

I saw When Harry Met Sally for the first time recently. Guys, when your mother has one of the most famous orgasm scenes of all time, you do not jump to the film, OK? I saw it because I was doing a rom-com, and that's like the rom-com, and I watched it.

While it's understandably embarrassing to have a movie out there with your mom faking an orgasm in a busy New York restaurant in front of Billy Crystal, let's face it, he couldn't avoid the flick forever. The smart and hilarious When Harry Met Sally... is perhaps Meg Ryan's best film and most unforgettable role. Jack Quaid also revealed that he had a heartfelt reaction to finally witnessing Ryan's iconic role to Entertainment Weekly, continuing with:

Then afterwards I cried for so long, because I was so proud of her, and I immediately called her, and I'm like, 'I'm so sorry I missed this movie.' She's like, 'I've seen it like one time.' Anyway, that's my favorite of hers.

The 1987 film Innerspace, which stars both of his parents, is also a strange one for Jack Quaid to revisit. It's the movie where the pair met and ironically enough, one of the other main characters (played by Martin Short) shares his name, Jack. When speaking about his connection with Innerspace, Quaid said he does realize that he probably wouldn't have been born if Innerspace wasn't made, so he can't complain too much about that one. It's really rare to be able to see your parents at the height of their careers, but Quaid has a unique ability to because of their high-profile jobs.

Jack Quaid is currently an up-and-coming star who has nabbed supporting roles here and there since his first role as one of the tributes in 2012's The Hunger Games. This year he's also had small roles in Dwayne Johnson's Rampage and the animated film Smallfoot. In 2019, Quaid will make the transition into starring roles in the Amazon Prime television series The Boys and in romantic-comedy Plus One.

The Boys has Quaid starring in a superhero comic book adaptation created by the likes of Seth Rogen about a super-powered CIA squad tasked with keeping corrupted heroes in line. On the other hand, Plus One looks like a sweet love story about two longtime single friends who decide to brave a summer of weddings together as each other's plus ones. Neither of the projects have an official release date, but you can expect them both sometime in 2019.

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