In the new film Love After Love, Andie MacDowell plays Suzanne, a woman who starts dating again after her husband’s death. The movie, director Russell Harbaugh’s debut feature, includes MacDowell’s first nude scene. Love After Love premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night, and this week, MacDowell has done a few interviews about what it was like to go naked for a role.

The 59-year-old actress told Variety, “I kept making a joke to everybody that I waited until I fell apart before I took my clothes off.” MacDowell’s two daughters, Sarah Margaret Qualley, 22, and Rainey Qualley, 27, also act, and she advised them not to wait as long as she did to get nude on camera. “I keep telling my girls, ‘You’re so beautiful, you should just do it. Go. Do it. Don’t wait.‘”

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, MacDowell said, “I’m not the kind of person who’s excited about walking around without my clothes on.” When she finally undressed for the scene, though, it wasn’t as scary as she expected. She said, “What affected me more was to see how sad I looked. The only reason I could do that is because I know that sadness. That to me made me feel more vulnerable that being naked. It had no effect on me, being naked, which is fascinating.”

Watch the trailer for Love After Love here: