Elizabeth Banks Calls Sex A “Horrifyingly Embarrassing Act”

“Well, it’s a fairly ridiculous act. I mean, let’s be honest: It’s a very primal thing that you’re doing and it involves, you know—it’s what they call bumping uglies, which sort of puts it in the right place. It’s a horrifyingly embarrassing act. It’s the most vulnerable you can be as a person, I think. … Yeah, can’t wait for my kid to see [my sex scene in “The 40 Year Old Virgin”]! Um, no. But I am never embarrassed by something that makes people laugh. I knew that girl. She’s a good-time girl who lives in the Valley — who works in the bookstore — and goes to community college on the side, and is really into funky stuff in the bedroom. Her entire outlook on life made perfect sense to me.”

Elizabeth Banks, who has been in some of the awkwardest sex scenes of all time, talks to GQ about why sex is funny on screen, and why she’s always willing to go there in movies. And she’s got a good point. It’s like when you start saying your name over and over again slowly and it begins to sound like nonsense. When you stop to think about what sex is, and how obsessed we are all with it, it sounds pretty ridiculous. [Huffington Post]