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Julie Delpy: Real Women Don't Have Sex In Bras

Julie Delpy has a certain je ne sais quoi about her. She’s one of those French women who does Parisian chic in a totally effortless way. Probably because she was born in Paris. But also because of her nonchalant attitude when it comes to a little tasteful nudity. Delpy currently stars alongside Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight, the highly-anticipated third installment in the romance drama trilogy about a couple at a crossroads. Delpy recently spoke about playing a realistic female lead with authentic sex scenes — sans bra.

“Sometimes I see films where people have sex with a bra on,” she says. “I mean, what country do they come from? I don’t think I’ve ever had sex with a bra on in my life, except maybe once.”

This was actually my biggest gripe with Sex and the City. Well, Carrie’s sex scenes in Sex and the City, rather. I’m pretty sure I could paint Miranda’s ta-tas from memory. But Carrie was ALWAYS getting down in a bra AND waking up in one. And in my humble experience, that only happens when there’s heavy drinking involved.

Yet, Julie didn’t stop keeping it real there. Because while even actresses with the bangin’-est of bodies use body doubles to prevent their imperfections from being magnified on the big screen, Delpy let it all hang out:

“I’m a real person, so it’s a statement to say, ‘Alright, I’m a forty-year-old woman, and this is what you get with no plastic surgery. Not even plucking my eyebrows.”

Is that what we all get at forty with no plastic surgery? Please?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=616445455 Sophie Towlson-Kirkland

    This real woman does. I prefer to keep my bra on because I’d rather have pretty underwear preventing my tatas giving me black eyes than my hands.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1323916362 Rayna Kunzman

    Real women do whatever they want when they have sex.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=631740582 Sarah McDowell

    Sometimes bouncing up and down hurts the girls and a bra prevents that. I hate this “real women” BS. “Real women have curves”. I’m skinny, do I not have a vagina because I am thin? Is my vagina a figment of my imagination because I have sex occasionally while wearing a bra?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=581903305 Perre DiCarlo

    If the mpaa has taught me anything, it’s that sex isn’t sex unless the bra stays on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1568019877 Barthel Zieba

    If Delpy has no problem getting nude in films, fine for her. But there are women who don’t want to, so they keep their bras on. I’m a man, so I’m not totally against boobies in movies and tv shows, but when I think of Olivia Munn’s first topless scene in Magic Mike – which adds nothing to the movie and it’s clear that she was only hired to show her breasts – I don’t know. Especially as Munn admitted, that she was on the casting couch earlier in her career. I don’t want women have to do such things just to get parts in movies. I wished Delpy would see the difference between her nudity in sex scenes, which fits perfectly into the story, and young actresses, who are under the pressure of having to show what they got to get movie roles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1671660204 Hannah Marie Seeger

    I don’t know if this article is trying to get a bigger picture across other than wearing a bra during sex, but I just don’t get it. Gosh darnit I am a real woman! Sometimes I wear a bra during sex because my boyfriend likes it. I am going to do whatever I want so there =P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=532960613 Kristen Symonds

    “I mean, what country are they from?”
    Not France I guess!

    This is idiotic. I agree with the other commenters. Sometimes do, sometimes don’t, depends on how I feel and a few other things too.

    And since when are “real women” defined by what they do with their breasts anyway? The real message of this article could have been about being comfortable with your body, but what you actually got across was that you’re not a real woman if you don’t like getting naked. If you had a more positive point you failed to make it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002324903508 Rob Gr

    Wow. I’m surprised by the comments here. I don’t think the essence of the comment is you’re not a real women if you wear a bra. Rather it’s targeting Hollywood, some actors, and that their portrayal of women having sex is not a real representation. And they may choose to wear a bra for many reasons, such as comfort and also insecurity about their own bodies. It’s the latter that’s at issue.
    Sure not all actresses are completely confident, but being on screen shouldn’t they stand up and take that extra step to give the appearance that they are confident with their bodies enough to go topless in a sex scene if that’s what the scene requires. Wouldn’t that help viewers who may also feel insecure about their bodies be more comfortable in their own skin?
    Don’t get me wrong I’m not advocating for nudity here or gratuitous boob shots during sex scenes, I just think that if more screen leads were willing to show off their imperfect, aka, natural bodies we just might enable more women to be comfortable with their bodies. As I started writing this I couldn’t help but think of Lena Dunham as an actor who exemplifies my point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1032413581 Lindsay Braun

    Where in this article does it state that you’re not a real woman if you leave your bra on? I don’t see that anywhere.

  • Sarah Eby

    Honestly, I think real women do what they feel comfortable doing. If you take your bra off, fine. If not, that’s okay too. You shouldn’t have to be completely topless to prove that you’re a real woman. Frankly, pressuring women into this seems sexist, and I know that’s not HG’s intent. Disappointed.

  • Keanu Keevs

    Julie’s touching on something very important. Older actresses often have to apologize for having a place in the film industry, particularly when it comes to playing sexually active characters. They do this by wearing a shirt, wearing a bra or by enhancing what they have for intimate scenes. Men of that age (she’s only in her mid-forties for the love of God) would never be expected to cover up if everything was beginning to sag, so why should women? Audiences need to be exposed to the reality and beauty of aging.

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