Kristen Bell isn’t keeping any secrets about her sex scene in the new indie film, “The Lifeguard.” In an interview with Vanity Fair’s Julie Miller, Bell revealed that she wanted to make the moment with co-star David Lambert, then 19, as authentic as possible.
“We really shook hands and said, ‘Let’s make this graphic and real,’” Bell said. “Even prior to rolling, I think I just grabbed his hands and put them all over my chest and said, ‘This is it. Don’t be shy. Do what you do. I won’t be uncomfortable. I trust you.’”
“The Lifeguard,” which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is available now via video-on-demand services before theatrical release on Aug. 30, focuses on a woman (Bell) in the throes of a life crisis as she approaches 30. After she returns home and takes a job at a local swimming pool, Bell’s character begins an illicit affair with a local teen.
“Going into a scene that intimate as a female, you couldn’t ask for a better partner,”Bell said of Lambert. “There’s a lot of choreography going into the camera work and making sure you can’t see the, like, one inch of fabric that is actually keeping you from having sex.”
This isn’t the first time Bell has faked sex onscreen; she’s had some memorable moments in both the Showtime series “House of Lies” and the 2008 film “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”
“I am by no means an exhibitionist. I’m also not super modest. I grew up in the theater. So when I’m on set and it’s a job, if I’m wearing something skimpy, that’s the job,” Bell said in a 2008 interview promoting “Sarah Marshall.” “I’ve been lucky enough to work with wonderful crew members that create a very safe environment and nobody’s there to exploit you. But when you’re in pasties throughout the entire movie, you get comfortable with it.”