WITH her mousy brown hair, pale skin and tired clothes, Mia Goth does not look like the star of the most sexually-explicit mainstream movie EVER.
And as she still lives with her mother in a deprived area of south London, you would not expect the teenager to be dating her co-star Shia LaBeouf, one of Hollywood’s richest leading men.
This week posters appeared showing a naked Mia as P a character in the filM Nymphomaniac.
The 19-year-old model and actress is showing animated sexual glee.
The five-hour-long film by outrageous Danish director Lars von Trier features real sex.
One graphic clip shows Shia trying out various positions with his French co-star Stacy Martin.
It was too racy for YouTube, which banned the movie trailer.
Stacy is one of three models-turned-actresses who agreed to expose themselves for what von Trier joked would be his first “porno”.
The one who most caught Shia’s eye, though, was Mia.
When the cameras stopped rolling she became his real-life lover.
Shia, 34, split with his girlfriend of two years, stylist Karolyn Pho, who was said to be unhappy about the authenticity of the bedroom scenes.
Perhaps she was not keen on the way he pitched for the role either.
Shia, who appeared in three family-friendly Transformers films, said: “I video-taped me and my girlfriend having sex. That’s how I got the job.”
Of the finished film, he said: “I don’t know what it’s gonna be. I know he’s a very dangerous director — I know we’re trying to do something different. It’s not your typical film.”
It certainly is not.
He added: “There’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says we’re doing it for real.
“Everything that is illegal, we’ll shoot in blurred images. Other than that, everything is happening.”
Mia’s father is Canadian and she lives with her Brazilian mother in Catford, south London.
She was spotted by modelling agency Storm when she was 15.
Despite dating Shia, Mia has said she does not expect glamour from a boyfriend.
She explained: “I want something very simple. Maybe just stay in and cook and watch a great movie. I’m obsessed with film.”
Mia is something of an enigma. With her Bambi eyes, button nose and bare-faced beauty, she seems the picture of innocence — but has proved far from it in her breakthrough role.
The Southwark-born actress was not keen to speak about her new role when approached by our reporter last week. “I’m very sorry I can’t talk about the film,” she said, before abruptly closing the door of her mother’s flat.
She has told ID magazine: “I am still very young and learning new things every day about the world I live in and about myself.
“I’m interested in psychology and how your surroundings can influence your character. Because of that I think I try to take the very best from a situation, good or bad, and constantly work on myself.”
Mia has certainly seemed keen on embracing the dark side of her character, teaming up with Shia on another controversial project.
In May this year, Icelandic band Sigur Ross released the video for their song Haunted Love, directed by Shia and starring Mia.
In it, she watches while a baby wails on the floor and later burns to death.
The film also includes a scene of Mia giving birth to the baby in a blood-soaked bath.
Shia is not your quiet type of boyfriend. He had a tough upbringing in a hippy household where his drink and drug-addicted father once pointed a gun at him.
This unconventional lifestyle has been carried on by the Hollywood A-lister, who admitted to taking acid during the making of the 2013 film Charlie Countryman.
He was also caught up in a bar
brawl in a pub in New Cross, south London, while visiting Mia.
Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, Mamma Mia’s Stellan Skarsgard and Christian Slater are among the cast of Nymphomaniac, which is about a female sex addict.
The plan is to release the film in two versions — one “softcore” with the more explicit material edited out and the other “hardcore”.
Nymphomaniac started shooting in Cologne, Germany, last year and took just 55 days to complete. It will be released here in 2014.
It seems, though, that not all of Shia’s co-stars were as keen as him to leave their acting at the bedroom door.
Stacy Martin, 29, claims she was merely putting on a performance during the steamy sessions with him.
The model plays the younger version of the nymphomaniac, Joe. She said: “What scared me wasn’t the nakedness but interacting naked. Shia was very professional but we didn’t actually do anything sexual.”
She revealed: “The porn stars finish the job off for you.”
Producer Louise Vesth explained how this will work. She said: “We shot the actors pretending to have sex then had the body doubles, who really did have sex. We will digitally superimpose the two.
“Above the waist it will be the star, below the waist it will be the double.”
Playing the young Joe’s friend is Sophie Kennedy Clark, 23.
The Scot joked that her part was something “my parents are thrilled about, as you can imagine”.
But she thinks we should be more relaxed about showing naked bodies. She said: “It’s easier for us to watch somebody shoot someone than it is to watch people having sex.”
Along with Shia and Stacy, the other main star of the film is London-born Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe.
Charlotte’s mother is Jane Birkin, 66, and her father is the late French singer Serge Gainsbourg. Together they performed 1969 single Je T’aime…
Moi Non Plus, which was banned in many countries because of its sexual content.
Charlotte, 42, has become von Trier’s cinematic muse. She won the Best Actress award at Cannes for her performance in his 2009 film Antichrist.
It also included real sex with the use of porn doubles.
The shocking Nymphomaniac posters, which also feature the other stars’ “sex faces”, and trailer are typical of von Trier — a man who laps up controversy.
His 1998 film The Idiots was criticised for demeaning people with learning difficulties and showing sex.
The director was banned from Cannes in 2011 after saying at a press conference: “I understand Hitler.”
Both The Idiots and Antichrist passed the British Board of Film Classification without the explicit scenes being removed, so he has a good chance of escaping censorship again.
Shia certainly does not think his scenes should end up on the cutting room floor.
He said: “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with sex. Sex is beautiful if it’s done right. And I wouldn’t just do it for no reason. Sex is different than love, there is a separation.”
Shia’s early start
SHIA has been building an acting career for most of his life.
He started performing in the streets as a toddler with his dancer mum and clown dad.
After his parents divorced Shia did stand-up in comedy clubs from age ten and scored a role on the Disney Channel’s Even Stevens at 14.
His career breakthrough came in 2007, when he gained critical praise and commercial success for his lead role in thriller Disturbia, then landed the lead in the Transformers movies.
Shia has an image as a bit of a bad boy, with a reputation for brawling and boozing.
His most controversial outburst was telling Playboy: “If I could meet my mother and marry her, I would. I would be with my mother now if she weren’t my mother, as sick as that sounds.”
Silver screen shocks
1. 9 SONGS: 2004 release explicitly tells the story of the passion between an English climatologist and an American exchange student.
2. THE BROWN BUNNY: Almost universally Panned by critics, this 2003 tale of a racing biker haunted by memories of his ex culminates in actress Chloe Sevigny performing an unsimulated sex act on her co-star.
3. ANTICHRIST: Von Trier made this in 2009 and it caused a furore, graphically telling the story of a couple whose baby falls to its death as they have sex.
4. CALIGULA: This 1979 erotic drama tells the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Helen Mirren is among its stars.
5. DEEP THROAT: Out in 1972, this was one of the first pornographic films to feature a plot, character development and high production standards. It made lead Linda Lovelace a star.
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