Mr. Skin has long admired AOL’s guy-centric entertainment site, Asylum, and one major reason (or is it two) has been Emily McCombs and her uproarious video reports from “A Woman’s Perspective.”
Raven-maned, tattooed funnylady Emily grew up in suburban Oklahoma (“It’s the middle of the Bible Belt,” she notes, “and secular entertainment was frowned upon, so any nudity I managed to see on television or in movies was enjoyed with one eye on the door, one finger on the channel change button, and a sizable dollop of guilt”).
At present, Emily resides in New York City where, for kicks, she sings in an all-girl barbershop quartet. She swears.
Alas, Asylum will be closing up shop this week. However, Emily will continue to amuse and inspire online via “A Woman’s Perspective” (though it will be called something else). Do be on the lookout for her and dive on in now to her Mr. Skin Skinterview.
What’s the first movie and/or TV nude scene you remember seeing?
The breast-baring scene at the end of Just One of the Guys made a real impression on me. I loved that movie so much I would pretend to be sick and stay home from school when it was going to be on television.
As for more serious nudity, I found Sliver very sexually enlightening as a young adult. There’s something like 50,000 nude scenes in that film, and the creepy/sexy plot that Billy Baldwin is spying on his female tenants with video cameras everywhere.
What’s your all-time favorite nude scene?
Everybody made a big deal out of Halle Berry’s nude scene in Monster’s Ball, but I love the scene with Amber Rules as the hooker who strips down all matter-of-factly and takes it from Heath Ledger from behind. I don’t think it’s supposed to be hot, necessarily, but the dirtiness and transactionality of it really does it for me.
Thora Birch in American Beauty is also great, just because she has some of the best breasts ever.
And Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon in Bound is one of my all-time favorites. I’m not a lesbian, but I feel like I could be when I watch that scene.
Who are the three sexiest actresses presently working in movies and/or TV?
Christina Hendricks, Sofia Vergara, and Salma Hayek. All three of them have bodies that are difficult to even comprehend. Truly dangerous curves.
I’ve never understood guys who are obsessed with these tiny actresses like Natalie Portman. It seems like all these guys want to have sex with Natalie Portman. I like these larger-than-life, ridiculously proportioned women. I’m a big Russ Meyer fan.
Who are the three sexiest actresses from the past?
Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC, Jane Fonda in Barbarella and a tie between Ann-Margret and Brigitte Bardot.
Again, the common denominator seems to be their incredible figures. So sue me.
What is the sexiest favorite movie genre?
Low-budget horror movies are the best for nudity, because all these kids who want to be filmmakers figured out that if you hire one decently hot chick to show her boobs in your movie, you can probably get it distributed. Sometimes they’ll have boobs right on the DVD menu page.
I was really traumatized by those Sleepaway Camp movies when I was a kid, but they were also full of boobs, which was titillating. So that combination of scary/arousing is sort of nostalgic for me.
What’s the funniest nude scene you’ve ever seen
I always take nudity very seriously.
Have you ever been strangely turned on by a movie, TV show or individual scene that seemed “inappropriate”?
Recently, I found myself super-aroused by the scene in the new Bad Lieutenant where Nic Cage’s unhinged cop forces Stephanie Honore to give him a handjob while her boyfriend watches. The throughline here seems to be that I like creepy dudes.
You describe yourself as a bit of a “chubby chaser” with guys. Does that go for women you find beautiful as well?
I picked all curvy women for my sexiest actresses, but I also love plus-size models Kate Dillon, Crystal Renn and Mia Tyler. And Anna Nicole Smith usually looked amazing, even when she was on the “large” side.
We’re terribly sorry to learn about Asylum shutting down. What’s next for you?
Thank you. I’m sad about it – I loved my job at Asylum every day that I did it. I’m leaving AOL and joining a media startup to help launch some new websites.
I’m also working on a book proposal, and I hope to keep doing “A Woman’s Perspective” in some form, although I’m no longer allowed to call it “A Woman’s Perspective.”
And it’s not 100% for sure yet, but you should actually be able to see me doing my own segment on a television talk show starting this year.
I’ll be posting the deets on my Facebook page here.
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