Though erotic thriller “Chloe” carried the art-house cred of director Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter”) and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary”), many Hollywood actresses declined to read for the part of the title character, a high-end escort. But the script had Amanda Seyfried’s mind reeling. The possibility of working with Egoyan was not one she could pass up, and the 24-year-old actress just went for it — onscreen nudity be damned.
“I was terrified, but I also thought, ‘Girls my age don’t really get opportunities like this,’ ” she told MTV News. “I thought, ‘This guy’s a classy guy. Everybody’s telling me he’s the greatest director and that I should be working with him.’ I didn’t know him at the time, so I was just intrigued by the whole thing and the writing was so raw.”
The film, as Seyfried put it, simmers with an “undercurrent of eroticism.” But that below-the-surface sexuality bubbles over from time to time, at no point more so than during an intense love scene with co-star Julianne Moore. Moore’s character is concerned that her husband (Liam Neeson) is having an affair, so she hires Seyfried’s Chloe as bait to catch her spouse. Soon Moore herself is dragged into the mix during a revealing hotel sex scene with Seyfried.
In execution, however, the scene was anything but passionate. “It’s so technical,” Seyfried said. “It’s too technical almost. We had these two stand-ins come into the hotel room and Atom directed them and Julianne and I had to watch and discuss and agree upon what we thought was necessary and what we thought was too much.”
Yet even after, Seyfried still wasn’t sure if the film would strike the right balance as it weaved between threads of veiled eroticism and flesh-revealing sexuality, all the while presenting strong, character-based storytelling. “I just thought, ‘Wow, if I did it right, it could be good,’ ” Seyfried said. “That was my fear the whole time and even halfway through.”
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