Sarah Silverman on Her Nude Scene in ‘Take This Waltz’

Comedienne/actress Sarah Silverman: "It’s such a common, everyday thing for women that’s never reflected in movies"

sarah-silverman-take-this-waltzComedienne/actress Sarah Silverman appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival last weekend promoting her new film, Sarah Polley’s indie Take This Waltz.  As seen in The Hollywood Reporter, Silverman discussed her role starring alongside Michelle Williams.

The film depicts a full-frontal nude shower between the costars.  Silverman said, “The actual day wasn’t bad.  It was very supportive, and you forget it once you do it, but the morning leading up to it, I overgroomed.  You know when you even and even and even until nothing’s left?  It was bad.  Never try to even from the top.  Let the top be the top…It was all right.  I wish it was fuller.  Michelle’s was so full and awesome.”

Although the press might make a big deal about the scene, Silverman was grateful that it wasn’t written for shock value.  She said, “The thing, and I want to be able to say this because Sarah Polley isn’t here, but she always says she wrote that scene because women are naked together all the time.  You’re in the shower at the Y, or one of you is in the tub and one of you is reading a magazine, you’re hanging out and trying on clothes—it’s such a common, everyday thing for women that’s never reflected in movies.  There’s so much nudity in movies, but it’s always sexual.  You never see nudity that is not in a sexual way, so this is that.”

However, Silverman wasn’t completely without issue while filming.  “I’m in it, and ego-wise it’s horrifying, but if I can take myself out of it, I think it’s amazing.  It’s jarring.  It’s genuinely jarring because it’s not funny, it’s not sad, it’s not dramatic—it’s kind of everyday life.”

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