November 17, 2009

It's Just Actor Sex

One of my favorite magazine subscriptions, The Week, an aggregate publication which pulls the very best articles from around the world to create their own multi-sided editorial arguments recently re-ran a very interesting article written by Gina Piccalo for LA Magazine.

It details the collateral damage of actors with on-screen love interests, and how that affects their real-life relationships. The interesting thing about this article is that these people are affected the same way you know YOU would be in the same role. You would feel super awkward kissing someone else. And your spouse would hate it.

For some reason, I was under the impression that since these people are actors, that they're able to easily separate acting from their real lives. But, after reading this article, I think that's just something they have to tell themselves. Because they're human. And practicing being in love with someone for hours on end each day does create a bond. (think Brad Pitt / Angelina Jolie)

And now, I no longer want to see love scenes between people who aren't in real-life relationships. But, I'm a realist, and I understand the effect that would have on digital entertainment. But, I also remember the first two seasons of The Office. The Jim/Pam relationship had some of the most romantic moments I've ever seen. And no touching took place. (Note: It was after the Jim/Pam relationship became hands-on in the show that Jenna Fischer, the actor who played Pam, separated from her husband) (Note #2: I also know that bonds can be/are formed without physical contact...but I don't have an answer to that one yet.)

So, rather than looking at a lack of touching as a roadblock to good television, perhaps producers should see it as an opportunity to create true romantic moments?


LizM said...

Perhaps. But look at all the marriages that have broken up as a result of cyber affairs. No touching going on there.

Eric Olsen said...

i'm with you there. but these are examples of people who AREN'T seeking out affairs, but where contact and practicing emotions creates the bond.

LizM said...

I give you that. But let's also remember the demographic we are talking about. These are typically narcissistic, under-educated people whose divorce/break up/attention span rate seems to equal that of cats.

And I hope to God my actress daughter isn't reading this....

Cari M said...

So, I was just catching up on your blog and noticed this one and had to comment...and not just because my mother is bashing actors ;-).

It has been my experience with stage acting (seeing as I have pretty limited film experience, and none in a romantic capacity) that when 2 single people play romantic opposites, there is a certain type who ALWAYS falls for their counterpart, and its almost always the man persuing the woman. In cases when people are in relationships, it tends to only be when someones relationship is already having issues that this becomes a problem OR the actors boyfriend/girlfriend has jealousy issues. In theater, its even worse because you may rehearse a love scene 20 times before the curtain even goes up. So, its a little of both.

The last two summers I have been at summerstock and was paired with the same person for 2 of the shows as a couple, and granted, it may have been because we were both in relationships, but there was NO chemistry between us. We are still very good friends (he lives in NY), but if the chemistry isn't there, you can't make it out of nothing. But it certainly happens more than you think!

Eric Olsen said...

so, IF you got paired w/ a hottie one play, do you think that could have a negative effect on your outside relationship?