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After weeks of drooling over the sex scenes in HBO drama Scenes From a Marriage, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin were finally able to unleash their inner impulses in an interview with Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac. The View co-hosts were eager to ask the stars about their "hot scenes," including Isaac's now-infamous full-frontal moment. Rein it in, ladies!
Behar opened the panel's interview with Chastain and Isaac relatively innocently, but, in true Joy Behar style, things soon took a turn for the horny. "I know that you two have been friends for 20 years," she asked, "So let me ask you: did that make it easier or harder for you to play these roles — particularly the hot scenes?"
Chastain laughed at Behar's last-minute turn, while Isaac joked that it's nothing out of the ordinary for them. "We were theater kids. You know, theater kids are always naked," he said, to which Chastain insisted she "was never naked in that class." Replied Isaac, "I was. All the time." The more you know!"
The Scenes From a Marriage stars managed to skirt around the question with lines about their mutual "trust" and "respect," but they couldn't avoid the sex topic for long. "Well, Oscar, I just have to ask you this question because it was a Hot Topic at this table, and it was all over Twitter," said Hostin. "Your full-frontal nude scene — there was a full-frontal nude scene, everyone."
After being a #HotTopic at the table, @jes_chastain and Oscar Isaac join #TheView to discuss their roles in #ScenesFromAMarriage, why they reversed gender stereotypes in the series, and the real reason behind Isaac’s full frontal scene! https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/8IKKLmNsDx— The View (@TheView) October 15, 2021
"I feel I'm being objectified right now," said Isaac. "She gets all the deep questions. What the hell's going on here?"
Of course, that didn't stop Hostin. "I hate to do it, but I have to ask. It really set everything on fire — Twitter, we were talking about it," said the co-host. "Were you surprised at that reaction, and was there ever a moment where you second-guessed your decision to reveal yourself?"
Isaac said that he "was surprised" by the reaction, because he "didn't know that was going to happen" based on the early footage he saw. "You get sent the stuff to look at and you're like, 'Okay, I'm fine with that.' But I saw it on a laptop, quite dark, and I didn't notice what was happening down there," he recalled. "It was a surprise when I started seeing all these things like, 'It's full frontal,' and I was like, 'No, what are you talking about?' And I saw it, clear as day on a big TV. It's there for everyone."
"It's like, 'Surprise! Mr. Happy!'" said Behar, with the biggest smile imaginable. "Hello, Mr. Happy's here!" replied Isaac. At least he was game to play along?
For her part, Chastain said that she told Hagai Levi, Scenes From a Marriage's writer/director, that she was "comfortable with all the nudity" so long as it was equal. "Any part of my body that you show, you're going to have to show the same with Oscar," she recalled telling Levi. "So, there's a shower scene that I have in Episode 2, and you see my body. So now, you see his body. For me, I wanted it to be balanced."
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Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.