Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 
Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable

Sophie Kennedy Clark on Giving Her Best O-Face for Her 'Nymphomaniac' Character Poster

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire November 12, 2013 at 1:26PM

Last month the buzz surrounding Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" hit a fever pitch when the marketing team behind the hardcore sex odyssey unleashed 14 provocative character posters onto the web, each showcasing a character at their most orgasmic. Among the more well known faces (Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf and Willem Dafoe and the lot), are a spattering of unknown ones, including Sophie Kennedy Clark who before "Nymphomania" drops stateside next year, appears as a young Judi Dench in Stephen Frears' upcoming potential Oscar-contender "Philomena."
3
Sophie Kennedy Clark
Left: Daniel Bergeron Sophie Kennedy Clark

Last month the buzz surrounding Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" hit a fever pitch when the marketing team behind the hardcore sex odyssey unleashed 14 provocative character posters onto the web, each showcasing a character at their most orgasmic. Among the more well known faces (Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf and Willem Dafoe and the lot), are a spattering of unknown ones, including Sophie Kennedy Clark who before "Nymphomania" drops stateside next year appears as a young Judi Dench in Stephen Frears' upcoming potential Oscar-contender "Philomena."

We sat down with the budding actress (she appeared briefly opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows") to talk "Philomena," and couldn't help but ask about her naughty shot that caused an online stir. (Our full interview with Clark will appear on Indiewire later this month.)

The day of poster shoot, Clark said she was greeted by "a Danish photographer who's opening gambit was 'Sophie, are you ready to be part of this sexual revolution?'"

"Next thing you know, you have your top off in front of the camera with them asking if I want fifteen minutes by myself. It was one of those 'if my friends could see me now' moments. There was weird elevator music in the background. It was so bizarre."

Clark was presented with three options for the final photograph, two of which she said she would never want "unleashed upon the general public." The final choice "had a nice balance of me not feeling self conscious about it but also knowing that I wasn't trying to look hot in it," she said.

To Clark's surprise, her parents first learned of the poster via a friend of theirs who had seen it posted online. "My dad sent me a text with nothing else but 'You look like you're being crucified,'" she said. "You never want to walk in on your parents having sex and the last thing you want them to do is see a head-shot of you (orgasming) that their mates sent them."

Still, Clark is proud of the photo. "I came third in The Guardian's online poll, above Uma Thurman," she said. "I'll take that."

This article is related to: Nymphomaniac: Volume I, Nymphomaniac, Lars von Trier, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Interviews






Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome



Awards Season Spotlight

Contender Conversations

Indiewire celebrates the best and brightest from Independent film, Hollywood, and foreign cinema.

More