Oppenheimer's Florence Pugh reveals awkward sex scene mishap with Cillian Murphy: 'Both naked'

Florence and Cillian were left in an awkward spot.

Florence Pugh has revealed she and her Oppenheimer co-star Cillian Murphy had a very awkward moment while shooting a sex scene with director Christopher Nolan.

The star shared the story during an Oppenheimer panel she was on with Cillian and their co-star Emily Blunt, with the panel being moderated by actor Jamie Dornan.

Florence Pugh and Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer
Florence Pugh has revealed she and Cillian Murphy had a very awkward sex scene mishap on the set of Oppenheimer. Photo: Universal Pictures

Florence's character Jean Tatlock was in a relationship with Cillian's J. Robert Oppenheimer before and during his marriage to Katherine 'Kitty' Oppenheimer, played by Emily.

"In the middle of our sex scene, the camera broke. No one knows this, but it did," Florence recalled. "Our camera broke when we were both naked, and it was not ideal timing."


She added that there weren't many cameras available and one was at the shop so they had to figure out how to fix the camera on set.

"Cillian and I are in this room together. It’s a closed set, so we’re both holding our bodies like this," she said, wrapping her arms around her body, before jokingly continuing, "I’m like, well, this is my moment to learn. 'So tell me, what’s wrong with this camera?'"

"You just make your moments. I’m like, 'What’s going on with the shutter here, buddy?'" Florence said, adding Christopher explained that the issue was in the way the light was coming into the lens.

Oppenheimer stars Florence Pugh and Cillian Murphy
Florence revealed the camera broke while she and Cillian were naked on set. Photo: Universal Pictures

"It was just crazy that every person on this set was so knowledgeable and was so ready to make this kind of a movie that there was no dull moment. It was all amazing. It felt like we were lucky to be there every second of the day," she added.

Oppenheimer is this year's most nominated film at the Oscars and is up for 13 awards, including Best Picture.

Cillian has previously spoken about the sex scenes with Florence, saying they weren't the most comfortable experience, but added that he thought "they were vital" for the film.


"I think the relationship that he has with [Pugh's character] Jean Tatlock is one of the most crucial emotional parts of the film," he told GQ. "I think if they're key to the story then they're worthwhile."

He added, "Listen, no one likes doing them, they're the most awkward possible part of our job. But sometimes you have to get on with it."

It's the first of Christopher Nolan's films to include sex scenes, and it earned the film an R rating in America for "some sexuality, nudity and language".

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