Carey Mulligan: Doing Full-Frontal Nudity Was "Kind of Fun"

The British actress dishes on going naked for the first time onscreen, in the acclaimed NC-17-rated film Shame

Carey Mulligan always thought nude scenes would be terrifying... until she actually did one. In the edgy new drama Shame, the Oscar-nominated actress has a full-frontal nude scene with actor Michael Fassbender, who plays her brother. And to her surprise, Mulligan, 26, actually enjoyed the experience.

"Weirdly, it was fine," she tells W magazine of the experience of disrobing in front of a movie crew. "You take your clothes off, and you're like, 'Ah -- all of you are wearing clothes, and I'm naked, ha, ha, ha.' It's kind of fun -- not that I would continue to do it."

Mulligan, who was born in London, says she has always maintained "the quite British mind-set that I won't do gratuitous nudity." She even backed off from a scripted nude scene in an off-Broadway play, going semi-nude because she "didn't want the audience to stop and think, 'Oh, she's naked -- I wonder if she feels funny.'" But once Mulligan read the script for Shame, she knew she had to do it, nudity and all.

"When it came to this, it just seemed so obvious that (my character) is the sort of person who would have no trouble being naked in front of any family member, especially not her brother. She's an extrovert and wants to be seen," explains Mulligan. "More than anything, she wants someone to acknowledge and help her."

It probably helped her to know that her costar Fassbender would be naked for even more of the film. In his role as a sex addict, the handsome Irish actor has a great deal of full-frontal nudity -- which, rumor has it, is what pushed the film from an R to an NC-17 rating. In a recent New York magazine interview, Fassbender, 34, bemoaned the double standard of male and female nudity.

"It just baffles me: Women can parade around naked all the time, but the guy conveniently has his pants on," said Fassbender. "I remember my mom always complaining about that to me, saying, 'This is such bulls***, it's always the women who are naked.'"

He added, with a laugh, "I did this one for you, Mom!"

Sounds like it was an interesting set!

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