‘Californication’ Nudity ‘Surprisingly Comfortable’ for Camilla Luddington

Evan Handler, Camilla Luddington Showtime photo by Jordin Althaus

Talk about switching gears!  Camilla Luddington has gone from portraying the future Queen of England, Kate Middleton — to being the latest fair damsel to bare all on David Duchovny’s racy Showtime “Californication.”

“It was the first time I’d ever done nudity,” says the Ascot, Berkshire-born actress, who did a smashing job as Kate in Lifetime’s surprisingly not-terrible “William & Kate” Lifetime movie last year.  “Of course it’s written into the contract that I signed that I’m okay to do it.  I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll be the one character, like a nun, who doesn’t sleep with anyone all season.  Of course that doesn’t happen.  I was so naive.  But it turned out I was surprisingly comfortable with it.  At the end of the day, you just kind of have to let go of all your inhibitions and all your hang-ups and be free with it and have fun with it,” she says. 

 Besides, “Everyone on the set has seen it a thousand times.” 

 Luddington also credits Duchovny, who told her, ‘Anything you’re uncomfortable with, call me or the director and we’ll work around it.’  A camera angle, a shot, anything whatever.” 

 The 28-year-old is equally adept at British or American accents, but says she chose to go into “Californication” meetings carrying on in the English way, “to stand out a little bit.  The lines sounded almost more ridiculous that way, talking about sexually explicit things with a proper British accent.”  Of course, the “Californication” team was well aware of her Kate Middleton performance, too.  She’s often been called Your Highness around the set.  “There’s even a part at one point where I do a little curtsey and say, ‘Thank-you my lord.’  I think they wrote it in as a playful little wink.”

Luddington is portraying the new nanny for Charlie and Marcy (Evan Handler and Pamela Adlon), who seems innocent at first, but turns out to be a manipulative little schemer. Yes, it’s a long, long way from our favorite royal bride — just as the actress hoped.  “From January to April last year it was all about Kate Middleton, and then I got the part in ‘Californication’ the day after doing press inEngland.  I thought it was really fun, and the sides for the audition were really funny.”

With this season’s episodes already in the can, what’s next?

“You know what — this sounds so funny — I would love to do a horror movie.  I’ve been a massive horror movie fan since I was a kid, and I would love to do a great horror movie with a cult following.”