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Meg Ryan Admits This ‘When Harry Met Sally’ Scene is a ‘Unique Embarrassment’ for Her Kids

Meg Ryan Admits This ‘When Harry Met Sally’ Scene is a ‘Unique Embarrassment’ for Her Kids

More than 30 years after her hit film When Harry Met Sally, Meg Ryan reveals which scene is a “unique embarrassment” to her two children, Jack and Daisy. 

During a recent interview with Interview magazine, Ryan says the scene shot at Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City. It is when Sally fakes an orgasm to show Harry how skilled women can act that makes her kids understandably awkward.

“My son just called me this morning and he’s in New York staying at a hotel that’s right across the street from Katz’s Deli,” she explained. “My daughter was here and everybody was on speaker, and they were like, ‘Mom, this is a very unique embarrassment.’ He said, ‘You know you can go into that deli and there’s an arrow point down to the table where you shot that scene.” 

The 1989 cult classic follows a man named Harry (Billy Crystal) and a woman named Sally (Meg Ryan) who have become great friends over the years. However, they worry that a sexual situation may ruin their friendship. Crystal and Ryan starred in the film alongside Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford, and Lisa Jane Persky. 

The film was a success and earned $92.8 million at the box office. It even secured an Oscar nomination as well as a Golden Globe nomination. 

Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, and Rob Reiner Celebrated the 30th Anniversary of ‘When Harry Met Sally’ Together 

While speaking to Us Magazine in 2019, Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, and Rob Reiner spoke about When Harry Met Sally and its growing popularity over the years. 

“You never know,” the film’s director declared. “You make a movie, and hopefully you like it, and hopefully other people [do too]. You have no idea if it will stand the test of time, and it’s kind of cool that it did.”

Also reflecting on Ryan and Crystal’s chemistry on the set, Reiner said it all started with a script reading at the audition. “They started reading, and in the first 10 seconds, I said, ‘This is it,’” Reiner recalled. “They connected right away. You always look for chemistry. It was right there from the beginning.”

Crystal also pointed out that he and Reiner kept “stealing a look” at each other while Meg Ryan was reading the script. “Because it just felt, like, amazing.”

Reiner went on to recall when he first discussed the fake orgasm discussion with Ryan. “Meg said, ‘Well, I’ll do it! I’ll just actually act it out. We don’t have to talk about it. I’ll just do it.’”

Meg Ryan added that the comedy of Sally is so behavioral to her. “It’s not really so much talking. It’s doing. So it’s sort of really very logical. And it wasn’t hard.”