George Clooney to have some sex scenes in The American

Even so, his co-star wasn’t that impressed, as a woman should be, when thinking about getting naked with Clooney.

“He confessed … that he didn’t do lots of sex scenes,” Violante Placido, who plays prostitute Clara and Clooney’s love interest in the film, tells PEOPLE. “I felt like this was in a way something new to him, he wasn’t that experienced.”

“We had to find a way to make it natural and let your body speak somehow,” Placido says. “We were very open to one another to try and make it work. We just said ‘let’s trust each other’ and we did. I felt like we had to let ourselves go.”

The actress added that is was important for the film to get the scene right. “It had to look real; it is the turning point for the two characters,” she says. “I can tell you that watching it, I don’t feel as calm as I did when I was on set filming it. Just watching it is a little like … wow.”

The film is set to arrive in theaters on September 1st.

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