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Thursday 25 December 2014

Helen Hunt overcame naked nerves

Helen Hunt bares everything in new film The Sessions
Helen Hunt bares everything in new film The Sessions

Helen Hunt has insisted her excitement about new movie The Sessions far outweighed her qualms about stripping off for the role.

The 49-year-old actress stars alongside John Hawkes as a 'sex surrogate' hired by a man crippled by polio, who wants to lose his virginity.

Speaking at a screening of the film in Los Angeles, Helen explained: "My excitement about the part was bigger than my nerves, so I did it."

"We decided I should be naked five minutes after coming on the screen so people could either get past that, or leave, or whatever."

The star, who won a Best Actress Oscar in 1997 for her role in As Good As It Gets, said she and co-star Hawkes deliberately avoided getting to know one another before shooting on The Sessions began.

"We'd met each other but we never really rehearsed, we talked a little bit and then got to capitalise on the fact that we didn't know each other," she said.

"We were vulnerable, and strangers, exactly like in the movie."

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