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Kristen Stewart on Nudity and Sex Scenes: People ‘Are a Little Too F—— Weird About It’

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When it comes to nudity and sex scenes in film, Kristen Stewart thinks Americans need to lighten up.

The actress, 26, is promoting her new film Personal Shopper, and recently spoke with W Magazine about appearing nude in the upcoming French indie.

“I wasn’t apprehensive,” she explained. “I feel super great with director Olivier [Assayas], as well. The scenes in which I don’t have clothes on or the scenes that seem ‘risqué’ from an outsider’s perspective, there was no acknowledgment on his part.”

Stewart said part of her director’s nonchalant attitude was cultural: “They’re very f—— French.”

Americans, on the other hand, “are weirder about s— like that.”

Stewart also argued that the nudity plays an important role in character development. “My personal feeling about that is that I’m really unashamed, but within the context of the story, there’s a lot of shame … So it’s kind of nice to see someone stripped and bare, totally bare. There’s a strength in it.”

Likewise, the sex scenes in Personal Shopper serve a purpose in understanding her character. “There’s an aspect of sexuality in the movie that’s so lonely and that is just one of the saddest things. She’s not with anyone. Like the sex scene? Totally alone. She’s interacting with a fake person on a phone.”

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The scene is a “raw” visualization of her character’s loneliness, “and without that stuff it would be a different thing,” she explained.

Stewart said she is not attempting to “de-sexualize” nudity, but noted that “at the same time, I’m not weird about it.”

She added, “I’m pretty open. I think people are a little too f—— weird about it, to be honest, but that’s kind of why I was like, ‘I’ll do it.’ ”

Personal Shopper hits theaters Oct. 19.