Do actors really kiss in movie scenes?

Movies and TV series are two of the biggest sources of entertainment these days. What makes many of these shows entertaining is the actors’ great ability to embody the characters they play.

Creating movies require that an actor do what their movie character would do if they existed in real life, and that might put the actor in some awkward moments where they have to kiss a co-star while shooting scenes.

But do actors really kiss each other during romantic scenes? Yes they do. Most of the movie scenes that involve people kissing each other are 100% real. The co-stars are filmed while actually kissing each other to make the scene more realistic. 

Why do actors really have to kiss?

Well… It’s because the script requires that they kiss. But the question is, can’t movie makers use CGI to create a scene that involves people kissing each other?

Technically, CGI has reached a point where it can create a fake kissing scene. However, there are many concerns when it comes to creating fake kissing scenes.

  • The scenes might not feel the same for the audience.
  • The scenes will require a lot of extra unnecessary work.

No matter how good the CGI technologies can be, a kissing scene might not feel the same if the actors weren’t really kissing.

In some more conservative countries, kissing scenes are either avoided or faked with CGI. You can immediately tell that the scenes do not feel right. This may affect the movie’s success. In movies, one bad scene can ruin the success of the whole movie no matter how good the movie is.

Even if the CGI technologies have reached a point where they can create a perfect but a fake kissing scene, many movie makers will still resort to real kissing scenes because they are easier to make.

A fake kissing scene requires that each of the actors be filmed separately while kissing some placeholder. The CGI team will then have to combine the footage of each actor and edit them to make sure that they look like they are kissing each other. 

This process takes more time, requires more effort and costs more money. Why not just ask the actors to kiss each other and get done with it?

For these 2 reasons and for many other reasons, most actors do really kiss when they have to shoot a scene that requires kissing.

How do kissing scenes affect the relationship between the two co-stars?

Many actors claim that kissing their co-star is a very awkward experience and that they try their best to create a perfect shot from the first time so that they don’t have to keep repeating the kiss many times until they get it right.

A perfect example here would be the case of Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. They had to kiss in one of the scenes of the last Harry Potter movie.

The two actors were more like brothers because they had been filming the Harry Potter movies together since they were kids. They basically grew up together on the set of Harry Potter and they consider themselves as siblings.

As you can tell from the YouTube video above, Both Emma and Rupert weren’t feeling comfortable when they were shooting the scene.

Emma said that she felt like she was kissing her brother, which can be extremely awkward for her.

Even though a kissing scene might feel awkward, many actors do it in a professional way and they just try to forget about the scene immediately after it’s shot so that they don’t affect the relationship with their co-star.

Some actors however change the way they feel about their co-star when they kiss them during a movie scene. Here’s a list of 30 on-screen romances that lead to romantic relationships later between the movie co-stars.

This means that the kissing scenes can affect the relationship between the co-stars and take it to a different level.

Does a real kissing scene affect the actor’s romantic life?

Yes it does. Have you ever wondered why many actors and actresses are married to each other instead or marrying people from outside the acting industry? 

One of the reasons behind that is because people from outside the acting industry might have a hard time watching their soulmate kissing someone else on screen or spending months with some other famous person while shooting a movie together.

Actors understand that the acting industry makes romantic relationships complicated, thus many actors and actresses choose to marry someone who works in the acting industry because they know they’ll be more forgiving than others when they see their partner having a romantic relationship on screen with someone else.

With that said, romantic scenes do affect an actor’s romantic life.

Is an actor’s career affected if they refuse to kiss their co-star?

Movie directors always look for actors who do not complain about anything and just do what is told to them. Having an actor who is willing to do anything for the sake of the movie makes things much easier on set.

With that said, if an actor or an actress is known to cause trouble when they are told to do scenes they don’t want to do, then movie makers will want to avoid them.

So yes, if an actor or an actress refuses to kiss their co-star, their career might get affected. But this did not prevent some actors from refusing to film a kissing scene with their co-stars.

Final words

While acting is usually viewed as a fantastic career by many, it has it’s dark sides. Being famous might affect your life negatively, having to do scenes that make you feel uncomfortable can be devastating, and there are many other problems that an actor can face during their career.

With that said, let’s appreciate actors more for the hard work that they do. Actors like Tom Cruise, Margot Robbie, Keanu Reeves and many others have put a smile on my face and I thank them for that.