Hollywood has been notoriously reluctant — if not immune — to young female stars since its inception, and Christina Ricci shed light on her own bad experience involving a sex scene in a recent interview with The Perspective. the Yellowjackets star — who has been acting since his childhood in projects like Casper and The Addams Family – revealed that he was once threatened with a lawsuit for refusing to do the scene “a certain way.”
Ricci plays the modern version of Misty Quigley on Showtime’s yellowjackets, which follows a girls’ high school soccer team that survives a plane crash in the ’90s. Speaking about the actors playing the younger versions of the cast, Ricci explained how he has seen the entertainment industry evolve over time and allow a better working environment for next generation of actors.
“It’s amazing to see that they don’t have to go through the things that we have to go through,” Ricci said. “They can say, ‘I don’t want to do this sex scene. I’m not going to be naked.’ They can set boundaries for themselves that we never let them do. Someone threatened to sue me once because I didn’t want to do this sex scene in a certain way.
The Perspective Co-host Joy Behar countered that there seem to be more sex scenes in film and television today than ever before, but Ricci argued that greater transparency about the work and agency given to actors allows for a safer environment. “Now that they’re a choice instead of something you’re forced to do, then you can get the art out of it, or realize how important it is to the story. I think that when you take away someone’s control over something like that, you really don’t want to do it.
Watch Ricci’s full appearance at The Perspective down. Yellowjackets Season 2 premieres on March 24 on Showtime.