“Sit down, you forgot to act,” my teacher said, and my cheeks burned.
It was less than two minutes into my scene and he was already stopping it.
I was a 23-year-old acting student. The assignment was to come up with an imaginary circumstance and an activity to go along with it while improvising a scene with a partner who had created his or her own circumstance and activity. As always, I’d worked hard on my homework and spent hours preparing. So I was furious when my teacher cut me off so quickly.
“I’m not even going to bother critiquing that,” he said. “It wasn’t worth it.”
Blinking back tears, I shuffled to my seat with my head down and squeezed into my chair. Keep reading »
Last night I did something I’ve never done before: I slept naked, alone, in my bed.
I usually sleep with my window open — there’s a screen, of course — so gusts of wind can circulate in my room. Last night, though, there was not a single gust of wind. It might have been 75 degrees outside at midnight and maybe 80 degrees in my stupid bedroom that doesn’t have air conditioning. I flipped and flopped and wondered how my pillows could possibly feel so warm. At last, I decided the only thing left to do would be to take my pajamas off — my “pajamas” being a summery romper that weighs, at most, three ounces.
Let me be clear about something: I never sleep naked, even if I’m sleeping alongside a dude and even if we just had sex. It feels so … bare to me. I have to wear underwear and pajamas — top and bottom preferably, unless it’s summer and I’m wearing something lighter — or else I can’t fall asleep.
As you can imagine, this has not been such a popular opinion with dudes. Keep reading »
“He’s taken up a new hobby, photography. I’ll be in the bathtub, and there he is, with the camera, and suddenly the pictures are up on Twitter. We have a new policy: He can take all the pictures he likes, but I have to be able to approve the ones that he tweets out.”
—Beth Ostrosky Stern, aka the wife of Howard Stern explains that she isn’t too happy when he tweets photos of her in various states of undress. This sounds like a very sound new policy to us. [NY Post]
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“It wasn’t a career decision—it’s just a life decision. I like wearing pretty dresses and I like trying out new styles but I don’t feel comfortable taking my clothes off. I wouldn’t wear tiny amounts of clothing in my real life so I don’t think it’s necessary to wear that stuff in photo-shoots.”
—Taylor Swift explains to The Telegraph why you’ll never see her naked or in skimpy clothes, in person or in a magazine. Apparently, a few years back, she said, “I don’t want people to think of me as sexy.” Personally, I think this is reverse psychology. That’s exactly what makes her so appealing to dudes like Jake Gyllenhaal. [Telegraph UK]
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Have you ever had a dream that was so gross or bizarre that you woke up and felt embarrassed to have even dreamed it? Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. Just because you dreamed of having sex with your mother doesn’t mean you are destined to gauge your eyes out like Oedipus. After the jump, the meaning behind five really disgusting yet very common dream symbols. Keep reading »
Twenty-four year old New York City shrink, Sarah White, felt there was something missing from the classical therapy tradition. And that thing was getting buck naked. According to her, talking about your problems while fully clothed encourages repression instead of open expression. That’s how she became “the naked therapist.” Sarah begins her sessions, which occur via webcam, Skype, or in person, fully clothed and by the end of the hour she is in her birthday suit. (Video is slightly NSFW.) Not surprisingly, she has lots of male clients, who, she claims, find it easier to introspect while watching her strip down to her skivies. Duh. Of course she has her male clients’ full attention while she’s naked. SHE’S NAKED! A guy will say just about anything you want him to while sitting across from an attractive woman in the buff. Keep reading »
“You know, most people actually look better nude. We are all one harmonious colour, with a symmetry and an innate elegance. Fat women almost always look better without the constraint and lumpy pinching of clothes, all the straps and elastic squeezing and sucking.”
– Fashion designer Tom Ford confesses he spends lots of time at home naked as a jaybird. We’re not so sure how to take his plus-sized comments. Care to parse? [Contact Music] Keep reading »
“I got a few offers to do Playboy actually. They want to pay [me] to be naked on the cover. If I’m gonna take my clothes off, it has to be in a classy way and my will, not a check. I wouldn’t take any money to do that.”
—Rihanna has joined the ranks of famous ladies who’ve turned down Playboy. And yes, that was the sound of a thousand broke artists and photographers clammering to convince her to disrobe for them for the sake of art. [PopEater] Keep reading »
“I was naked a lot in the movie. I was naked in more of it than was even in the final cut. A director’s cut? I don’t even know how that would be rated.”
– Jake Gyllenhaal discusses getting naked for “Love and Other Drugs,” out November 24, with Esquire UK. So, how naked does he (and co-star Anne Hathaway) get? Boobs and butts, according to the interview, but I’m hoping the DVD extras include an extended version of the scene above. [ONTD] Keep reading »