Despite her previous run as teen mom Amy Juergens in ABCFamily’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Shailene Woodley has officially lost her on-screen virginity in the upcoming film The Spectacular Now.
During her July 24 appearance on the daytime talk show The View, Woodley admitted to no issues with filming the scene. “It is my favorite scene in the whole movie because it is so real” she explained. “There’s not fancy music playing, and there’s not any exaggeration of what it’s like to be intimate with somebody for possibly the first time. It’s also just a minute-long shot of us making love.”
The actress did warn that some viewers may feel somewhat uneasy during the scene. “The audience does feel uncomfortable watching it because it almost feels like you’re invading somebody’s privacy.”
Miss Woodley went on to call the film “the most authentic coming-of-age movie that we’ve had in maybe 20 years” and show her admiration to director James Ponsoldt by comparing his work to that of the late filmmaker John Hughes.
“It’s just such a real look at what adolescents are doing today, they way they interact with their parents and they way they interact with each other,” she stated. “There’s no glamour. They’re not trying to make it something that it’s not.” Woodley even confessed to she and her costars not wearing makeup on set. “There’s zits, it’s so real!”
In addition to the incredible realism of the film, the actress stated that a great love of the film comes from the ability to relate to of it all. “I think there’s a process that a lot of young girls go through in high school where they kind of lose themselves in a relationship. I actually think it’s a really important part of life, because had I not gone through that, I wouldn’t have taken the time to get to know myself and get to know my own needs.”
The Spectacular Now opens in the US on August 2, with international release dates to be announced soon.