Remember that one scene in The Proposal in which a naked Sandra Bullock slips and falls onto an equally naked Ryan Reynolds after taking a shower? Of course, you do. Well, 12 years after the iconic rom-com premiered in 2009, Bullock is opening up about filming the hilariously scandalous scene with her costar and director Anne Fletcher.
First things first, the actor spoke on the About Last Night podcast about her decision to shoot the scene. For one, she says she opted to do the scenes only for laughs and with a costar that made her feel safe. “Ryan and I have known each other since we were prepubescent,” she said, per People, later explaining where she draws the line on going nude for a role. “We go way, way, way back.”
“I was like, ‘I will do this naked scene only if I can be humiliated and funny,’” Bullock told host Adam Ray. “You will not see me trying to attempt being sexy naked—in real life or onscreen. There’s just no point in it! It was for that reason, with a friend that you trusted comedically, and safety-wise I knew I was in the presence of safety.”
The actor also gave a play-by-play about how the scene was shot. For one, it was a closed set, meaning only completely necessary personnel were present. Sandra Bullock explained, “Ryan and I have these flesh-colored things stuck to our privates, my hair is strategically over the nipples, and Ryan’s little—not little, at all! It’s just whatever’s there, and I don’t know because I didn’t see it, I didn’t look!”
She went on to recall that when Fletcher called “cut,” the pair couldn’t move and continued to try to keep their eyes off each other. However, there was one moment when it was particularly hard to stay focused on, well, not looking. “I hear Anne Fletcher from the darkness go, ‘Ryan, we can see your ball sack!’ I’m like, ‘Oh God!’ because you wanna look down, but I’m like, ‘Don’t look down. Don’t look down,’” Bullock said. “Everyone in the darkness spun around to see if they could find a monitor. I was like, ‘Anne, there’s a way to present that information….’”
She continued, “But in friendship, you just didn’t care; it wasn’t my business to look, it’s just there, and then Anne just bringing everyone’s focus to that area.”
Still, Bullock said Reynolds was unfazed about the entire thing. “Ryan was just so cool,” she said. “Unflappable. He is absolutely unflappable.”