One of the first scenes of the film is a 24-minute one-shot take of Vanessa‘s character giving birth, from the contractions through a heartbreaking conclusion.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Vanessa revealed that the scene was shot six times over a span of two days and each take was different.
The article notes that the differences included how “Martha and Sean’s conversations shifted, the way Martha’s body reacted to the contractions was distinctive each time.”
“It was, I think, probably the best career experience I’ve ever had,” Vanessa said about shooting that scene.
While preparing for the scene, Vanessa observed a woman’s six-hour labor and she says the experience “changed me so profoundly. Every second of what was happening to her, I just absorbed.” She added that the woman’s “body was taking over and doing it, so that helped me so much for the scene.”
When it was time for Vanessa to shoot the scene, she “tried to think as little as possible, she said, and not judge what her body was doing in the scene.”
Vanessa recently made a statement in response to the abuse allegations against her co-star Shia LaBeouf.