Hugh Grant has been back in the interview circuit the last month or so, doing promotion for Florence Foster Jenkins. In that movie, his character and Meryl Streep’s are in a non-monogamous, so his views on monogamy and romance have been a part of this movie’s press. Last month, he was surprisingly candid and said what we all already assumed: that monogamy just isn’t really his jam.
Now he’s given a lengthy interview to W Magazine, in which he talks about the work he’s done to keep celebrities’ phones unhacked, but mostly talks about acting, and women, and acting and women, because those two aren’t really separate for him.
And then he gives this gem, possibly the most Hugh Grant thing to ever come out of Hugh Grant’s mouth. When asked how it felt to have his love scenes in Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill considered some of the most romantic ever filmed, he pretty much responded with a “yuck.”
Love scenes are extremely difficult. You’re always within a millimeter of sentimentality and “yuck.” But sex scenes are something else! The conventional response to sex scenes is that they’re horrible and not sexy and it’s all so unnatural. But I’ve always found filming sex scenes to be quite a turn-on. I like the experience of being in a sexual position when you’re not supposed to be in one.
Uh, yeah, Hugh. We kinda knew.
It sure takes a lot of charm to pull off being Hugh Grant, so kudos to him for that.