Eric Dane says he was ‘uncomfortable’ shooting ‘Euphoria’ full frontal nudity scene

Eric Dane recently opened up about playing a role entirely new to him on HBO’s “Euphoria” — and filming a full frontal nudity scene.

“Those scenes are very difficult to shoot,” Dane told EW. “It helps to have one voice in your ear. One voice that you can express your feelings to, and somebody that is an advocate for the actors. It just simplifies a lot of things and makes for a safe and comfortable environment while shooting something that is fairly uncomfortable to shoot. And certainly, the stuff that we did in the pilot is no exception. It’s a pretty intense scene.”

Dane, plays Cal Jacobs, a married man who, in the pilot episode, who commits statutory rapes against a 17-year-old trans girl named Jules, played by Hunter Schafer.

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BRENTWOOD, CA - JUNE 03: Rebecca Gayheart, Eric Dane, Georgia Dane and Billie Beatrice Dane arrive at the 16th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball at a private residence on June 3, 2017 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BRENTWOOD, CA - JUNE 11: Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, Eric Dane, Georgia Dane and Billie Beatrice arrive at the 15th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball at a private residence on June 11, 2016 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actors Rebecca Gayheart (L) and Eric Dane attend the 2nd Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles at Avalon Hollywood on February 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Rebecca Gayheart(L) and actor Eric Dane(R) arrive at the 5th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Eric Dane and B2B Angel Rebecca Gayheart attend the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala presented by MarulaOil & Kayne Capital Advisors Foundation honoring Kerry Washington at 3LABS on November 14, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: (L-R) Actress Rebecca Gayheart-Dane and actor Eric Dane attend the 14th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball sponsored by Audi, Kayne Anderson, Lauren B. Beauty and Z Gallerie on June 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: Actress Rebecca Gayheart and actor Eric Dane attend the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award gala at Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: Actors Rebecca Gayheart (L) and Eric Dane attend the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Gala honoring Steve Martin at Dolby Theatre on June 4, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 01: Actors Rebecca Gayheart, Eric Dane, daughters Billie Beatrice Dane and Georgia Dane arrive at the World Premiere of Disney's 'Cinderella' at the El Capitan Theatre on March 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Actress Rebecca Gayheart (L) and actor Eric Dane attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart attend Entertainment Weekly's celebration honoring the 2015 SAG awards nominees at Chateau Marmont on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane arrive at the 4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends 'Help Haiti Home' Gala Benefit at the Montage Hotel on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Actor Eric Dane and actress Rebecca Gayheart arrive for Project Angel Food Celebrates 25 Years With 2014 Angel Awards at Project Angel Food on September 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: (L-R) Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, Billie Dane and Eric Dane arrive at the 13th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball at a private Mandeville Canyon estate on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Actor Eric Dane (L) and actress Rebecca Gayheart attends the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 12, 2014 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Actors Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart arriving at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane arrive at the 3nd Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P HRO Presented By Giorgio Armani at Montage Hotel on January 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane arrives at the 2nd Annual Baby2Baby Gala at The Book Bindery on November 9, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Actress Rebecca Gayheart, daughter Billie Beatrice Dane and husband actor Eric Dane attend the Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure at the Dolby Theatre on September 29, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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“I’m willing to do anything that’s critical to the story and crucial to creating a very real and truthful feel to how the story is gonna go down,” he continued. “I just don’t see how you shoot a scene like that without showing nudity. And, you know, it kind of matches the stakes. The stakes are so high, you can’t hold anything back, really.”

For an actor known for playing Dr. Sloan — or rather, McSteamy — on “Grey’s Anatomy,” this was a refreshing departure, albeit a potentially jarring one for audiences.

“I just got tired of playing characters that appear to be the right fit,” he said. “Sam [Levinson] is such a strong writer. He’s got such a unique and articulate vision. I felt like if I were going to play a role like this, then I was in really good hands.”

“Euphoria” which the network describes as following “a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship,” depicts real-life scenarios — and Dane understands that in order to be true to life, you have to show extremes.

“The show provides no-nonsense optics on what it means to be a teenager today – drug addiction, personal conflict. When you’re tackling issues like that you do it a disservice to not be truthful about it.”

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