Jake Gyllenhaal used the 'pillow technique' when filming sex scene with crush Jennifer Aniston

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Jake Gyllenhaal is opening up about filming a particularly intimate scene with Jennifer Aniston.

Speaking to Howard Stern on The Howard Stern Show, he got candid about filming the 2002 romantic drama The Good Girl with the Friends alum.

He concurred filming the moment with the woman he's previously revealed he'd had a crush on, was "torture".

"Weirdly, love scenes are awkward because there are maybe 30, 50 people watching it," he said. "That doesn't turn me on, so most of the time it's oddly mechanical. It's a dance—you're choreographed for a camera."

The A-lister said Jen suggested the "pillow technique" though – according to Insider, the prop is placed "between actors and prosthetics" and "used to create the illusion of sex".

"I do remember a pillow...the pillow technique was used," he said. "That was just pre-emptive and generally always used when actually in a horizontal place in that movie. Everything else was whatever it was."

"The pillow saved you," Howard joked. "Who taught you that?"

"I think that was actually Jennifer's 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 all she said, I think I remember that."  

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