Amanda Seyfried is making the rounds promoting her upcoming biopic Lovelace, which is out August 9. The film is, of course, about legendary porn star and Deep Throat main attraction Linda Lovelace, who later became a vocal anti-porn advocate. Because the media and consumers of media (me, you) are a bunch of sick freaks, everyone is wildly curious about the nudity in the film.
Seyfried had some reasonable, body positive thoughts about having to take her clothes off on camera. She said:
“It’s funny, because I felt liberated when I was doing it. I’m sure people that are very protective of me wouldn’t feel very comfortable with that, but it’s like, what’s the big deal?Growing up I was made to feel nudity was wrong because everything was always censored in movies, and it was just like, why are we covering ourselves up?”
Anyone who knows the feeling of coming home from work in 100° weather and immediately stripping off all of your clothing before the door closes behind you can relate to this feeling of liberation. But in a more real way, I love that Seyfried is addressing the idea of censoring bodies, and how that contributes to the notion that our bodies are inherently bad and need to be covered up. We do perpetuate the idea that we should be covered and that there is shame in nudity, and I hope that people will take Seyfried’s words to heart. They’re just bodies.