Actress Alia Shawkat heats up the big screen with her captivating depiction of a young woman who finds herself in a 24-hour love affair.
Shawkat’s experimental day-long love fest is spent with actress Laia Costa, who plays a free-spirited woman, Sergio, that lives life with no inhibitions. Costa’s character welcomes the concept of love whereas Shawkat’s character has never loved.
Shawkat reveals in a New York Post article that she and her friend Miguel Arteta who both wrote the screenplay originally had Costa’s role written for a man. All that changed during casting for the role when they felt that the male actors auditioning for the part just couldn’t get as deep as they needed for such a role.
A lesbian scenario wasn’t a hard direction to turn for Shawkat since she identifies as a bisexual woman and has an on-camera comfortableness that allowed her to be as sexually open as the screenplay required from the actors in the movie. The same can’t be said for her co-star.
So while the girl-on-girl sex scenes of “Duck Butter” didn’t faze her, they did, Shawkat says, intimidate her co-star.
“Laia hadn’t slept with a woman before and was like, ‘I need to make sure I’m doing it the right way,’” she says. Luckily, they had three weeks to rehearse, during which they found they had what Shawkat calls “a strong physical chemistry.”
“We felt very comfortable touching each other,” she says “It made doing the sex scenes feel safe and not like, ‘Oooh, I’m gonna kiss you now!’”
The biggest challenge was shooting for 24 hours straight. At one point, she and Costa fell asleep for 20 minutes, only to be shaken awake by the crew. “Why the f–k did I do this?” Shawkat remembers thinking. But after their director had them go outside and run up and down a hill, they found a second wind.
The last 12 hours of the shoot were filmed at Shawkat’s own home, in the Hollywood Hills.
“It was very trippy falling asleep in my bed at night after having 12 people in my bedroom, filming me,” she says, laughing. “When we wrapped, I had to change the whole feng shui of my house!”
To read Shawkat’s full interview with the New York Post click here.