Dakota Johnson on Challenges She Faced While Filming Intimate 'Fifty Shades' Scenes


The actress, 28, reprises the role of Anastasia Steele for the final time in the movie, which lands next week.


Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have been filming the Fifty Shades trilogy together for a few years now but filming those intimate scenes are still such challenges for them. Johnson made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday (January 31) and dished all about having to film both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed at the same time. Per Johnson, acting sweaty and in the throes of passion when these scenes are filmed in succession can be challenging.

“It was tricky because we had to go back and forth, obviously, between both movies because some of the locations would be the same. We kind of did all the sex scenes at the same time,” the 28-year-old actress told Seth.

“We do them all back to back pretty much because they’re in the same locations,” Dakota added. “You wanna try and mix it up and not have them all be the same, you know.”

Sex scenes are notably pretty uncomfortable. Movies do a lot to try and make them less so by only allowing the necessary people into the room, and giving actors and actresses the ability to cover their private parts. (A wee-bag, as Jamie Dornan calls it.) However, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan have to film these sorts of scenes a lot, so at this point, it's probably a little less awkward than it used to be, although Johnson has been candid previously about how she gets through filming all the sex for the movies. According to Johnson, the bigger issue is figuring out how to vary things up a bit.

Believing they've left behind the shadowy figures from the past, billionaire Christian Grey and his new wife Anastasia fully embrace their inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. Just as the Greys begin to step into their new roles, sinister events come to light to jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Directed by James Foley and written by Niall Leonard, based on the novel of the same name by E. L. James, the third and final installment in the Fifty Shades film series stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively. The film is set to be released in the United States on February 9, 2018.