ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Everyone has a memory like this. You were a kid watching TV and something just clicked into place without you quite understanding why. Maybe it was Pink Ranger, or maybe it was JTT in Home Improvement, but there was one crush that propelled you into a new era of sexual awakening.

Moviepilot writers bravely - seriously, some of them are kind of embarrassing - share their movie / TV sexual awakenings and we'd love it if you'd add your own in the comments below.


Famke Janssen crushing a man to death between her iron thighs: this is my most powerful memory of my sexual awakening. She was wild, aggressive, deadly in her fatal scissoring, and clueless kid me had no clue that the scene might appear comic to the grown-ups.

In retrospect, 'That's How I Want To Die' was probably a mildly unusual thing for an 8-year-old girl to be thinking, but even 20 years later, I still can't think of a better way to go...



Ok so, maybe not the most sensual sexual awakening, but I remember watching the Labyrinth and becoming very intrigued by what David Bowie had down the front of his lycras during the ballroom scene. I also had a little crush on Daniel Larusso from Karate Kid, Eric from The Little Mermaid and Robin Hood... the Disney version (yes, I am aware he was a fox, but it was his personality!!).

- Sam Warrington


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It was 1997. The UK Labour Party had just won a landslide election. Yasser Arafat had returned to Hebron after 30 years in exile. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted by the UN. As a nine-year-old at the time, none of this meant anything to me, but 1997 also contained another important event: the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That did mean something to me. At nine years old, I wasn't quite sure what.

All I knew was I liked watching Sarah Michelle Gellar. I liked watching her run around fighting vampires. I liked her so much, I ended up buying a poster of her, which remained on my wall for quite a long time. After a few years had passed and I was a bit older, I finally realized quite why I liked her so much...

- Mark Newton


Robin Hood / Maid Marian and her Merry Men

Bizarrely, both of my movie sexual awakenings are Robin Hood themed. I will let you take from that what you will!

My latent sexuality was desperately trying to tell me that I didn't really fancy the conventional movie hunk, so it decided to make my heart dance to the heady beat of an anthropomorphic fox and a ridiculously stereotypical rasta man.

The suave, gallant fox (both literally and metaphorically) in Disney's Robin Hood had me absolutely, childishly besotted, but it was a character from a lesser known British TV show that really set my prepubescent pulse racing.

In a song entitled 'Naked to the Visible Eye,' Barrington, the rapping dreadlocked narrator of Maid Marion and Her Merry Men (watch it! It's like Blackadder for kids!) appeared shirtless and made me feel weirdly flustered and itchy in a feeling I now know as lust.

Danny John-Jules later went on to play The Cat on Red Dwarf, but thankfully I'd refined my tastes by this point.

- Karly Rayner



I was 9 years old when the seminal sitcom Friends first aired on TV, and it was a weird one for my burgeoning critic. I was way too young to comprehend many of the jokes, but to be honest I didn't watch the show for the jokes alone, oh no...

I'd have to say Jennifer Aniston was a sharp wake up call for my young self. The evening where I realized "wait, girls aren't gross and girly, they literally are made of 'sugar, spice and all things nice'!"

- Marlon McDonald



When Casper turns into his real self in the film, that was my first ever crush, I totally loved him. I think that's the first time I thought, 'Hey, I fancy someone now!'

- Olivia Van der Will


Top Gun

I’m not ashamed to admit that Tom Cruise showed me what it is to be a man. Namely by seductively clutching Kelly McGillis to the tones of ‘Take My Breath Away’ in the first and most intensely sensual sex scene my innocent eyes ever saw. It didn’t just take my breath away, it sucker punched the air clean out of my gut repeatedly, as I hit the rewind button over and over and over again. Also, need I even mention the volleyball scene?

- Rob Harris



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