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SheWired Shot of The Day: Charlize Theron, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan and Octavia Spencer - Oscar’s Leading Ladies - Video

 SheWired Shot of The Day: Charlize Theron, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan and Octavia Spencer - Oscar’s Leading Ladies - Video

Hollywood’s most celebrated & fearless female film stars of the year posed for a beautiful, dynamic cover marking awards season is officially underway.

There is a moment in just about every workday when we come across something sexy, gratuitous and completely pointless that we wish we could post but don't under the auspices of there being nothing lesbian about it and often there being no redeeming value. Well, we at SheWired have made an executive decision to just throw any of our pseudo-feminist caution to the wind and to just post our favorite shot of the day, whether it be sexy, salacious, or just because…

Hollywood’s most celebrated and fearless female film stars of the year posed for a beautiful and dynamic cover marking The Hollywood Reporter’s annual awards season opening issue. THR pointed its cover lens at Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs, Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis for The Help , Charlize Theron for Diablo Cody's Young Adult, and Carey Mulligan for Shame and possibly Drive, as strong Oscar contenders.

The diverse group of talented actresses sat down to discuss playing unlikable characters, learning to love nude scenes, and, how Close’s seminal film Fatal Attraction inadvertently opened up Theron to the concept of “the birds and the bees.”

These behind-the-scenes photos captured by Peter Wintersteller show the strong personas of these accomplished actresses.

Mulligan admits she still doesn’t love shooting nude scenes. Speaking of her Shame full frontal scene, she said, “I've never wanted to take my clothes off and be sexy. I'm horribly afraid."

Seasoned star Close said of criticism women face in the industry, "They usually don't say nasty things to my face. Well, they do say, 'You look much better in life than you do in film."

When discussing watching their own work, Close mentioned, “Fatal Attraction seems to be on all the time,” and got a surprise from Charlize Theron:

Charlize Theron: You know, that's how I learned about the birds and the bees.

Close: What?

Theron: I grew up in a farm community town [in South Africa], and we didn't have movie theaters. My mom loved movies, and every Friday she would drive us out to a drive-in 45 minutes away from our farm. But we didn't know what would play. When the cars started lining up, you would see what was playing and you would see the rating, and my mom would hide me under a blanket if the rating was R. So I was about 8 or 9, and it was Fatal Attraction, and my mom was sitting in the car, and I could feel the panic. And this conversation started, and it ended up being my sex conversation. It screwed me up, so I can't have a healthy relationship. (Laughs.)

Close: Oh, that's great.

Check out the full feature for more or see more photos from The Hollywood Reporter here.

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