Michael Fassbender Talks "Awkward" Sex Scenes and Not Wanting to Get a "Free Feel"
Jane Eyre stars Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska posed for photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino in the April issue of W, which will be on newsstands March 22. The duo were also together last week in NYC for the East Coast premiere of their movie, which features Mia tackling the iconic title role. Michael, who recently shared with us about his newfound sex symbol status, has the task of portraying Charlotte Brontë's elsuive Mr. Rochester. He told the magazine, though, that he felt too young to play the part but was game to tackle the sex scenes. Mia also weighed in about her start in Hollywood. They said:
- Michael on sex vs. death scenes: "Sex scenes can be quite awkward. As a guy, the first thing you want to do is make sure you’re not taking advantage. You don’t want the girl to feel like you’re getting a free feel or something. I try to make a fool of myself in one way or another to lighten the mood and then just go for it, because you don’t want to be doing take after take. As for dying — to not play like you’re dying is the way to go when you’re dying in a movie. I think it’s best to look like you’re about to fall asleep."
- Mia on her start in acting: "When I decided to pursue acting at 15, I heard that you had to have an agent to do film and television, so I did a Google search on acting agencies in Sydney. I hounded one to take me on and started auditioning."
- Michael on playing Mr. Rochester: "I’m probably 10 years too young for Rochester, so I went for a Byronic sort of hero. I didn’t read Jane Eyre in school, but my mother and sister were always talking about it, and that was a big reason why I did it. I didn’t have a preconceived idea of Rochester — I just saw him as encapsulating so many interesting elements: a shady past, intelligent, self-destructive, destructive, passionate. And he has a terrible secret. I’m curious to see what my mother and sister think of my Rochester."