No reason to skeet around the bush: this is list is about celebrity parents who watch their famous kids’ sex scenes (or, in a few cases, were explicitly banned from doing so, then talked a lot about it). If you’ve ever watched sex scenes on TV or in movies with your parents, you know it’s not the most comfortable experience. Now imagine watching your own sex scene with your folks. Fingers crossed it isn’t the kind of scene during which one of your lines of dialogue is “Daddy?” Holy mother of naughtiness that would be filthy.
Everyone loves sex scenes in films. Well, okay, not everyone. But most people do. Why not? Everyone has sex. Where do you think all seven billion human inhabitants of this testicle-shaped planet came from? Deep dishin’ sausage in a fuzzy taco, amigo. Garnish it with some hand-cranked cream sauce. But the thing is, everyone has parents. So every time you see two celebs firing up the pork pistols and opening up some juicy clams, you’re watching someone’s child get full hog naughty.
You might expect the parents of celebrities to avoid watching movies or shows in which their kids fill a quiver with erotic delights, string up a bow of unbridled depravity, and let the lascivious arrows fly, but that isn’t always the case. On this list, celebrity parents talk about their kids’ sex scenes, or kids share experiences of watching or discussing sex scenes with their parents. In some cases, parents were on set, even giving notes, while the simulated boning went down.
When Emilia Clarke’s parents complained her character, Daenerys Targaryen, wasn’t getting enough screen time during Season 6 of Game of Thrones, the actress sat them down to watch a big episode for her, in which her character emerges, sans clothing, from a burning temple.
Clarke told Live! With Kelly she instantly regretted her viewing party. “My dad was like, ‘Again?'”
Before Fifty Shades of Grey came out, Melanie Griffith told IndieWire that her daughter, Shades star Dakota Johnson, prohibited her from seeing the movie. If only the rest of us were also banned. As it turns out, Griffith had little interesting in seeing the movie to being with. In a pre-Oscars interview, Johnson said her mother could “maybe” watch the film “one day,” while Griffith said it’d be too awkward. Mommy doesn’t need to see baby tied up and spanked by a Northern Irish sex beast.
A year after the film had been released, Griffith admitted to watching bits and pieces, but not the bone scenes. She explained to reporters, “Would you want to see your child having sex like that? Just regular sex, I couldn’t do that. But the ‘room of pain’ sex? I definitely couldn’t do that!”
Fair enough. Don Johnson, how do you feel? Your name, after all, is only one letter shy of “Dong Johnson”.
Sure, the idea of sitting down on the sofa with your dad so he can watch the apple of his eye get her salad tossed like a dinghy in a Category 5 hurricane might make you want to crawl into a hole and die, but not everyone is so squeamish. In fact, some might even say parents encouraging children to explore acts of potentially limitless pleasure that are taboo by mainstream sheeple standards is probably healthy, even if it’s a uncomfortable to have a daddy-daughter chat about the rim reaper.
While filming the first season of Girls, Allison Williams lived with her parents, and they watched the show together. She noted to Anderson Cooper that her family is very close-knit, and her parents understand she’s only acting. When Allison’s father, famous news anchor Brian Williams, was asked about his reaction to the steamy scenes, he responded, “Unmitigated joy.” What a naughty daddy.
Here’s hoping that’s sarcasm.
Margot Robbie was virtually unknown before Wolf of Wall Street. Her deliciously filthy performance in that film announced her, with a bang (literally), as a major talent in Hollywood, while permanently depositing her image, with compounded interest, in the spank banks of pervs worldwide.
Before The Wolf of Wall Street was released, Robbie went with a strategy most of us have employed with our parents: she straight up lied, telling her small-town Australian fam she wasn’t doing any nudity, and that any rumors they heard to the contrary were false.
Realizing this wasn’t the best long-term plan, Robbie then tried to ease the awkwardness by telling them the scenes were CGI. She told Jimmy Kimmel:
“I changed that to ‘It’s actually a body double and they just CGI’d my head onto someone else.’ And my family doesn’t have anything to do with the entertainment industry… and they were like, ‘They can do that? And I was like, ‘Oh, technology these days. You wouldn’t believe what they do in Hollywood!'”
Robbie eventually came, and came clean, telling her family to read the book on which the film is based to determine whether or not they wanted to see the movie.
When Sophie Turner began filming Game of Thrones, she was a child actress. Her mom accompanied her to Croatia to film for the first three years of the series. Which meant she witnessed the many, many sex scenes. While Turner said her parents were at first shocked by the quantity of said scenes, “They knew it was a good-quality show. If it hadn’t been, I don’t think they would have been happy.”
Unfortunately, the first day her dad showed up on set he came as a surprise; he happened to pick the day Turner was filming a gang-rape scene. Surprise, Dad!
“It was horribly awkward,” Turner told The Telegraph. “My dad didn’t know this scene was going on, he just thought he’d turn up. We were like, Oh, bad day, Dad.”
The To Do List follows Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) as she attempts to complete a sexual to-do list before heading to college. There’s a lot of naughtiness in the film, including a famous scene of Klark double clicking her mouse so hard her moist modem goes into meltdown.
When Vanity Fair asked whether Plaza had warned her parents about the sexual content of the film she responded,
“Yeah, they’ve seen the trailer. My mom was shocked, but I think she’ll be okay. My dad was actually really psyched about it…he’s actually really excited and not weirded out [by the sex scenes] at all. Which I think is weird.”
Zac Efron attended a screening of his Nicholas Sparks movie, The Lucky One, in 2012 with his mom, Starla Baskett. What’s a Nicholas Sparks story without a steamy love scene? Efron told People:
“We saw the film together and I was kind of squirming. Even though she was a couple of seats down from me, I tried to duck out during those scenes because it was too embarrassing.”
As for his mother’s reaction?
“She was just laughing about it in a good way. She said, ‘That’s my boy!’ I think she was proud of me at the end of it, even if it was weird for her to watch. My mom is my biggest supporter.”
Nothing like your mom laughing at you while you’re trying to ship some wood to Beaver Town.
Mark Kunis Ran Out Of ‘Black Swan’ When Daughter Mila Feasted On Co-Star Natalie Portman’s Juicy Fruit
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis made fantasies around the world come true with their sex scene in Black Swan. But not everyone got uncomfortably horny in theaters. Mila’s father, Mark Kunis, was horrified.
While filming the rom com Friends With Benefits, Mila told Parade:
“If I’m not mistaken, he walked out during the sex scene in Black Swan. I just don’t think he wants to envision his daughter doing that kind of thing. I’m not sure if he’s going to be able to see Friends with Benefits. He’ll be leaving the theater a lot. I think I might have to ban him.”
Peaky Blinders star Annabelle Wallis watched herself do the dirty on-screen with her folks. Cringe. As she said on The Graham Norton Show: “I was in a sex scene and watching it with them was so awkward and afterwards my dad said, ‘Well, we know where you get that from! Good girl!'”
That daddy sounds hella naughty, and most likely needs a ribald spanking with his pants around his ankles.
Andy Garcia’s daughter, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, appeared as a major supporting character in Starz’s Magic City, in which she compromised on her no-nudity clause for a scene in which her character loses her virginity in a shower. Garcia-Lorido told NY Daily News:
“I talked to my dad about it beforehand and got really emotional talking to him because it was the first time I had really done something like that and I really cared what my parents thought.”
Garcia-Lorido watched the scene with her mother and father for some unfathomable reason. Their reaction? “They thought it was beautifully done,” the actress said. While her father has never done nudity himself, Dominik says he’s understanding, and respects her artistic choice.
What’s a vampire show without lots of supernatural sex scenes? When Nina Dobrev was starring on The Vampire Diaries, her mother, Michaela Constantine, stopped by the set from time to time, once during the filming of a sex scene. Despite her discomfort filming sex scenes in front of her mother, Dobrev told Conan O’Brien the weirder part was when her mom gave her notes on how to heat things up.
As in, “Arch your back more. It will like look sexier if you arch your back.” What are mothers for if not to give unsolicited advice? To make things even more personal, Dobrev’s scenes were with her then real-life-boyfriend, Ian Somerhalder.
Kristen Stewart has slowly built a strong resume of very well made, well respected films, along the way compiling a small catalog of sex and nudity on screen. She says her 2010 film, Welcome To The Rileys, “was probably a more difficult movie for a parent to watch. It just rocked me and I think my parents could probably feel that as well. So it was just not something that we engaged or talked about.”
As for her love scenes in On The Road, she stated, “I think everyone was really happy that it took a few years for the movie to get made… My mom came to Cannes. She loved it. She was really proud. I haven’t talked to my dad about it yet.”
Unfortunately for Ellen Mintz, mother to Christopher Mintz-Plasse, she was forced to chaperone her son’s first foray into acting, because he was underage at the time. Specifically his Superbad sex scene. As he told GQ:
“It was because I was 17. Stupid law. I was just sitting there with my bors on, waiting for my mom to drive down to the set. She got there, and I had fake sexual intercourse in front of her.”
In 2014, Shailene Woodley disrobed for a sex scene in the film White Bird In A Blizzard. Of her much-talked-about nude scene, Woodley told Page Six,
“[It’s] crazy. And sort of wrong. But I felt great doing it. I was not fully robed. And our bodies had no makeup. Who needs makeup? I’m only 22. My boobs are great. They don’t need any help. My parents saw the film. I thought it might be awkward, but they both loved it.”
Rupert Grint’s Parents Nigel and Joanne Watched His ‘Cherrybomb’ Sex Scene In Silence
Rupert Grint starred in his first sex scene in the 2010 film Cherrybomb. The Harry Potter star was very anxious about the scene, and described watching it with his parents as “agonizing.” Sounds about right. “The scene’s quite tastefully done, but it’s not the sort of moment you really want to share with your mom and dad.”
In the end, Grint’s family kept their feelings to themselves. “When the scene arrived, we all sat there not really saying anything… Afterwards, nobody talked about it — which was kind of a relief.” Sounds like a great time to apparate.