HELEN Hunt found her full-frontal nude scenes in The Sessions liberating.
The veteran actress plays a sex surrogate who is hired by a disabled man with an iron lung (John Hawkes) to help him lose his virginity.
And the 49-year-old admits the emotional nature of the story helped embrace her fears.
She says: “I think I thought a couple of times before we shot the movie, I said to my boyfriend: ‘I’m about to do this’. Should you be stopping me from doing this? Because this is about to happen.
“I said to another friend of mine, it’s getting late… who cares? Maybe one of the great things about getting older is, who cares?
“To get a chance to embody a woman, particularly a woman who’s not 20 years old, and celebrate that we all have bodies and everybody has a god-given right to feel pleasure, I liked being part of bringing that to life.”
Helen also admitted that the lack of time she and her Winter’s Bone actor co-star spent together aided their performances in the Ben Lewin-directed film.
She explained: “I think both of us, more than I even realised at the time, really benefited from the lack of time we spent together and that’s not usually the case. I’m a big believer in rehearsing and doing a lot of homework together.
“In this case, the fact that we didn’t have that is a real blessing.”
The film takes its story from How I Became A Human Being, the autobiography of Mark O’Brien, who was forced to wear an iron lung for most of his life after contracting polio aged six.
Helen recently received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the flick.