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‘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.”

‘William and Kate’ Actress Camilla Luddington Feels Sympathy for Kate Middleton

Nico Evers-Swindell, Camilla Luddington Lifetime photo

Camilla Luddington says she has a great deal of sympathy for Kate Middleton, Prince William of Wales’ soon-to-be bride — whom the 27-year-old actress portrays in Lifetime’s April 18 movie, “William and Kate.”

“One day, she is a normal girl going to school, and the next, as soon as it’s first discovered they’re dating, she’s being followed by paparazzi wherever she goes.  She’s constantly under scrutiny for what she wears and where she goes…How she was wearing something sheer at a fashion show and everyone was questioning whether it was appropriate.  People forget there is a real person there.”  (That student-designed sheer dress Middleton wore in a 2002 charity fashion show recently sold at auction for more than a quarter million dollaras, by the way.)

The Oxford-educated actress admits that playing Kate, opposite Nico Evers-Swindell as the Prince, was intimidating.  She was just glad her real-life alter ego wasn’t any more famous.

“I think it would  have been very different had I been playing someone like Princess Diana.  Of course everyone loved her.  My mother was always talking about her and their world.  Whether you’re a follower of the royals or not, living in England, you know about them.  They’re thrown into your face.  The media is on them constantly,” adds Camilla, who hails from the town of Crowthorne, just a short drive from Bucklebury where Kate grew up — but has been living in Los Angeles for awhile.

Camilla’s credits range from guestings on episodic shows like “Big Time Rush” and “The Defenders” to her most recent film, the Hallmark Channel movie “Accidentally in Love.”  She says most of the projects for which she auditions demand an American accent.  So she found making the Lifetime movie a welcome taste of home.  “I don’t have many English friends out here.  Most of my friends are American.  So all of the sudden to be among all these Brits again was fun.  We shot the movie so fast, it was important we get along well, and everyone was so supportive of each other, it helped.  It was great fun, even though we were shooting 14-15 hour days from the start of production ’til we were done.  Working at that pace, shooting so many pages a day, we really became a family,” she says.

Now Camilla is up for an independent feature that would take her back to England, an ironic turn of events for someone who moved to Hollywood and got used to speaking like an American.   “To be honest, I’m not really worried about work at the moment.  After putting heart and soul into a project like this, I’m just getting the chance to breathe.”