Judy Greer ‘mortified’ she went overboard in a sex scene with Woody Harrelson

I will see almost anything with Woody Harrelson in it. That may be because he chooses good to excellent films, which he invariably elevates, and of course a lot of that is because I adore seeing him on screen. I’m really looking forward to War of The Planet of The Apes this weekend, in which he stars. I know it’s not the most popular movie and some of you may scoff at me, but if so I can almost guarantee you did not see the last one. (Not the first reboot one with James Franco, that was two POTA movies ago, the last one from 2014, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, was excellent.)

Harrelson is also in an indie movie called Wilson, which costars Laura Dern and features Judy Greer. It’s out on demand now so there’s another movie to add to my queue. You may know Greer as an accomplished and profilic character actor who’s been on TV (Two and a Half Men, Arrested Development) and in films (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and she’s also in War of the Planet of The Apes! Thanks IMDB and casting agents). Apparently Greer had a sex scene with Harrelson and she was trying to make it feel authentic. Only she went way overboard and felt mortified. She told this story to People:

Before the rehearsal, Greer tried hyping herself up for the scene. “I’m not gonna be shy, I’m not gonna be ashamed,” she recalled telling herself. “I’m gonna really do my full performance here for this rehearsal so everyone knows what I’m gonna do.”

But as Greer quickly found out, she might have gotten herself a little too hyped.

After the rehearsal, the film’s director, Craig Johnson, walked over to her and cautioned, “I don’t think she’s that into it.”

“And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, never again,” Greer said. “I’m so embarrassed. I’m so mortified.”

[From People]

I’ve only heard good things about Harrelson from his costars, and I’m sure he either didn’t notice if Greer was overenthusiastic or didn’t really care. That’s usually the case with social situations I think were incredibly awkward – the other person barely registered the situation and may not even remember it while I’m still obsessing about it. That’s got to be a tough situation to be in as an actor, especially when it’s a a sex scene. That’s definitely something that can bother you for a while, considering that the results can live forever. At least this was just a rehearsal though.

Also, doesn’t Greer look so different as a blonde? I know she’s been blonde for a while but I’m used to seeing her as a redhead.

Photos credit: Getty and WENN

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  1. Alix says:

    Maybe the director should’ve offered that helpful tidbit up front.

    • smcollins says:

      Lol, right?! If I were an actor I think that’s one thing I’d definitely struggle with, simulating something so intimate and being so “exposed” & vulnerable. Love her, though. She’s the ultimate scene stealer in everything she does.

  2. teatimeiscoming says:

    She’s also the voice of Cheryl/Carole on Archer, and was the sister in the Jurassic Park movie with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

  3. freewhitebaby7.0 says:

    No way would they have to worry about me getting overly-enthusiastic with Woody Harrelson. Nothing is sexy about that man to me. Now 70’s era Sam Elliot – that would be an entirely different story. 😉

  4. Lucy2 says:

    Judy is a national treasure. She is so good in everything
    I have never warmed up to Woody Harrelson much. He does interesting work but he’s not someone who is a draw to a film for me.

  5. Slowsnow says:

    She’s a very interesting actress because she seems to be the quintessential “second role” specialist to me. I don’t imagine her carrying a film like Kidman likes to do but I love her as a supporting actress. As for this story, I don’t understand why it was singled out. So she overdid a sex scene bc she tried to motivate herself to do it. Could happen to anyone I guess.

    • Coop says:

      She knows this. Her instagram bio literally says “that girl from that movie/tv show”

      I can imagine she is happy with a successful career playing the ‘second role’

  6. Lex says:

    After she ‘overdid’ it, she should’ve stormed off set and yelled SAY GOODBYE TO THESE

  7. Margo S. says:

    Director sounds like an ass. That piece of info would have been useful to her BEFORE she acted out the scene. What a prick.

  8. Pix says:

    I’m also a huge Woody fan and think he’s underrated and excellent. He really does elevate the movies/shows he’s in. I hope he wins an Oscar someday because he’s always so good.

  9. Michelle says:

    LOVE Judy Greer! For all you movie buffs out there, she was also in Wedding Planner, 13 Going On 30, and 27 Dresses….

    • GiBee says:

      I love that you consider those roles that “movie buffs” would know about, heh.

      • Lorelai says:

        Uh, this is an unnecessarily rude comment! Not all “movie buffs” watch only highbrow films. 🙄

  10. Coop says:

    She came into the restaurant that I worked at in Austin and was a total and complete sweetheart. Great energy. Plus she ate the fancy grilled cheese!!!! Love a woman that eats grilled cheese

  11. justcrimmles says:

    Someone in our neighborhood was able to get a pic of Woody Harrelson walking in front of a local coffee shop used as a location. Think it was for Wilson.

    And now, a moment of appreciation for that doggy in the header pic. D’awwwwwwww 😍

  12. Ari says:

    I adore her in the movie Cursed!

  13. Ari says:

    she is also in Jawbreaker as Mayo!

  14. Katherine says:

    Oh God, I know that feeling! Like, I’m sure Woody and the director both forgot it by the next take but Judy is STILL thinking about it, even if you know nobody cares, you still feel embarrassed about some situations – I’ve recently remembered a fight I had with a bff right in the midst of class and everyone just stared at us as we (mostly me) turned a book discussion into a barely hidden relationship rehash, geez, so embarrassing, I bet no one remembered it the next day

  15. SwanLake says:

    Love both Judy and Woody!

  16. Ana says:

    I wouldn’t call a franchise that’s made over a billion with only two movies “not popular”, and I can say that this last one is definitely superior, which is a lot to say because the others were so good too. Woody doesn’t have many scenes, but the ones he has, he’s definitely the star, and he also seems to be getting younger every year lately.

    I love Judy Greer, I wish she got more mainstream work that’s not always the friend of the main character.