Actress Olivia Hussey, who shot to stardom in the film 'Romeo and Juliet,' spoke to Fox News about filming her controversial nude scene when she was just 16 years-old. And they had come from all over the world. But it was the experience of a lifetime really. The film stirred headlines even before it was released in theaters. At age 16, Hussey stripped down for a love scene depicting her wedding night alongside her co-star Leonard Whiting [Romeo], who was also 16 when he took on the role. In America, it was very taboo.
Want more? When the film was released in October , it catapulted Hussey and Leonard Whiting, the young actor playing Romeo, to global stardom. Olivia Hussey is interviewed by Barbara Bogaev. From our Shakespeare Unlimited podcast. Published January 22, All rights reserved.
I like pretending to be a nun. Maybe if I was an actress, I could pretend to be a nun and still be me. After Romeo and Juliet — which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year — turned her and co-star Leonard Whiting into international idols, she went on to play both the Virgin Mary and Mother Teresa.
Romeo and Juliet — — dir. Franco Zeffirelli. Established stars such as Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Sir Laurence Olivier went lumbering, even creaking about, portraying the teenage lovers, and nobody blinked an eye for it was felt that only mature, developed adults possessed the abilities and feelings needed to convey the deep passions of the star-crossed lovers. Zeffirelli had a new idea — how about we use real teenagers in the roles?