Amanda Seyfried: Love Scene with Julianne Moore Was Risky

03/17/2010 at 07:00 AM EDT

Amanda Seyfried: Love Scene with Julianne Moore Was Risky
Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried
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In Chloe, Julianne Moore's character hires a prostitute played by Amanda Seyfried to tempt her possibly cheating husband (Liam Neeson). What ensues is a much-buzzed-about sex scene between the two women. So how did the actors prepare to lose their inhibitions? Tequila shots? Group therapy? Turns out it was all pretty technical.

"Was it different because it was [with] a girl? No," Moore told reporters in New York Monday about her onscreen tryst with Seyfried. "Whenever you have an intimate scene with somebody, you're very prepared. Everyone knows exactly what's happening and it's usually very choreographed ... Amanda and I were comfortable with each other."

Moore, 49, went on to call her 24-year-old costar "lovely" and "quite impressive." But it wasn't such a clear-cut call for Seyfried, who admits to being so "intimidated" she tried to back out of the movie.

"The risk factor came with the fact that the nudity could potentially create some damage with my American audience," she said. Still, "I had to do it. It was clearly the riskier choice but I think the better choice."

Now, Seyfried rates it as her most memorable moment on the set. "The love scene," she said. "I'll never forget that."

Director Atom Egoyan just shrugged off the hubbub: "They are actors. They use their bodies to express feeling. That's what their job is about," he said. Besides, "It's a great scene and my favorite moment in the film perhaps."

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