- Joshua Jackson said his wife Jodie Turner-Smith “enjoys” watching him perform in sex scenes.
- “She’s like a voyeur,” he said of the “Queen & Slim” star.
- Jackson is committed to authenticity, but doesn’t like when his costars’ bodies are exploited.
Joshua Jackson said that his wife Jodie Turner-Smith “enjoys” watching him in sex scenes.
In a new interview with Variety’s Emily Longeretta, the “Dawson’s Creek” alum discussed how Turner-Smith feels about watching him be intimate with costars during a larger conversation about the importance of making those scenes seem authentic and intimate. Jackson said he’s committed to building a deep connection with his costars in sex scenes, and Turner-Smith is “not fussed” about them at all.
In fact, he said his wife of almost four years is the opposite of a jealous spouse.
“The sex scenes themselves, Jodie kind of enjoys them, actually,” he said. “It’s a weird thing where she’s like a voyeur.”
Sex scenes are a frequent topic of conversation in Jackson’s life these days as he promotes his Paramount+ series, “Fatal Attraction,” a small-screen adaptation of the 1987 film of the same name starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.
It follows Alex (played by Close in the film and Lizzy Caplan in the new TV series) and Dan (played by Douglas in the film and Jackson in the show), two people whose one-night stand turns into a love affair. The story takes a potentially deadly turn when Alex becomes obsessed with Dan, a married man with no intention of leaving his wife.
“You have to believe that these people want to fuck each other,” Jackson said, reflecting on the importance of making the intimate scenes between his character and Caplan’s seem real.
The “Mean Girls” star told Variety she finds it “soul-crushing” when she has to film a love scene with a costar she doesn’t have a connection with, so she was glad Jackson had the same commitment to authenticity.
In the Variety interview, Jackson also admitted to having a very specific “pet peeve” with how the morning after a sex scene is portrayed on-screen most of the time.
“She wakes up in the morning, and she pulls the sheet up over her breasts. I’ve never in my life had great sex with somebody and then have them be like, ‘But I don’t want you to see my nipples in the morning,” he reflected.
But Jackson said he’s happy that this TV remake of “Fatal Attraction,” created by Alexandra Cunningham and directed by Silver Tree, looks at the story with a “female gaze” because he doesn’t think female bodies should be exploited.
And his actions on set reflect this belief, according to Caplan. She told Variety that she had given birth right before filming and Jackson helped her figure out how to film sex comfortably in her postpartum body.
“Want to know what true feminism is? That, in a man,” Caplan said.
“Fatal Attraction” premieres on Paramount+ April 30.