Michelle Williams & Ryan Gosling Talk About Their Toxic, Messy Sex Scene

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, who are promoting their new film 'Blue Valentine,' cover W magazine.

In the movie, out December 31, Michelle and Ryan share a raw and messy sex scene. Here's what Michelle had to say about filming it:

"We never rehearsed anything, and those were really dark days. We shot the beginning of our relationship first, and it was fun and alive. Then we did the sex scenes and it was...toxic. Ryan and I had stopped relating to each other as Ryan and Michelle. Those scenes took forever. I had a long drive from set to home each night, and I would roll down all the windows and turn up the music as loud as I could and hang my head out the window like a dog and scream. It was my escape."

Ryan said:

"You mean the trying-not-to-have-sex sex scene? It was hard...a lot of times actors can trick people into thinking something is happening when it's not happening, and we had to call ourselves out on anything that didn't feel honest. Actors become very professional and proficient about watching out for each other's light and not stepping on each other's lines. All of these things are artificial, and you have to strip that away if you're going to achieve a sense of intimacy. In real life sex is messy, and we wanted to get at that wonderful messiness.

Read the whole interview here.