Margo Stilley (born November 20,
1982) is an American actress and former model.
Stilley was born in Onslow County, North Carolina. She portrayed Lisa in
the controversial 2004 British film 9 Songs, directed by Michael
Winterbottom. According to the Guardian, 9 Songs was the most sexually
explicit mainstream film to date, largely because it includes several
scenes of real sexual acts between the two lead actors. Her role is highly
unusual in that she had unsimulated and very graphic sex with her co-star
Kieran O'Brien, including genital fondling, female masturbation,
penetrative vaginal sex, cunnilingus and fellatio. During a scene in which
Stilley masturbates his penis with her hand after performing fellatio on
him, he became the only actor who has been shown ejaculating in a
mainstream, UK produced feature. Due to the controversy, Stilley asked
that director Michael Winterbottom refer to her simply by her character's
name in interviews about the film.
After the controversy surrounding 9 Songs Stilley originally planned to
leave acting, however she has played a few small roles since then. In 2006
she guest-starred as Roma Sheraton in an episode of the British television
comedy series Mayo. In 2007 she appeared in the horror film Reverb.
She finished filming How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Hippie
Hippie Shake in 2008. She is also co-starring with James Jagger in the
upcoming Suicide Kids.
"Even if I never make another
film, I still think it's great." [on her sexually explicit movie
"I suppose coming from a background that tells you, "Sex is bad, sex
is bad, you're going to hell, sex is bad," and then seeing on the
news that the president is having an affair, it's not really put in
a good light. So I wanted to be part of a film, a beautiful film,
about something that should be viewed in a beautiful light. This is
a nice thing, it's fun, everyone does it, it's great and when it's
safe - and we're promoting safe sex - and when it's someone you're
in love with, it's great."
"I'm the worst model in the world. But I enjoyed it, it was great.
You travel all over the world and get paid a stupid amount of money
for doing absolutely nothing."
"I wanted to make a film about something I really believe in, which
is to show sex in a very positive light, as a very important piece
of everyday life and a very important piece of a relationship,
whether it's successful or unsuccessful. What I find in films I see
is that sex is always a turning point in action, someone's cheating
on someone, or someone dies. It's always the kids having sex in
horror films that die. And I didn't like that. And in the sexually
explicit films I've seen like Ai No Corrida [the Japanese classic in
which the heroine cuts off her partner's penis], they're crazy,
people don't do that, it's not normal!" [on why she made '9 Songs']