Emma Thompson on being nude on-screen at 62 and dreadful demands for women to have perfect figures

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Dame Emma Thompson shared how she felt about doing a nude scene at 62. In her new movie, 'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande', she plays the role of a teacher who hires a male escort (Daryl McCormack) in the hope of having her first orgasm.

At the virtual Cinema Cafe discussion at Sundance Film Festival, Emma says, "It is very challenging to be nude at 62."

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And although she would not have been comfortable with stripping off earlier in her career, she admitted that being in her 60s made it more challenging to do a frontal scene because audiences aren't used to seeing older 'untreated' bodies on screen.

To prepare for the nude scene, not only did Emma and Daryl strip off, but their director, Sophie Hyde also disrobed, and the trio spent a lot of time reflecting on their bodies.

"Sophie, Daryl and I rehearsed entirely nude and talked about our bodies, drew them, discussed the things we find difficult about, things we like about them, described one another's bodies," she adds.She concedes there are demands placed on women to maintain perfect figures.

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She believes there are dreadful demands placed on women to maintain perfect figures.

"Nothing has changed in the dreadful demands made upon women in the real world but also in acting. This thing of being thin is still the same as it ever was, and actually, in some ways, I think it is worse now," she says. 

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