As a viewer of various TV shows and movies, it may seem like the sex scenes are hot and steamy. But multiple actors have come forward to explain that filming those moments can be quite awkward – and anything but sexy.
Season one of Bridgerton contained some particularly steamy scenes between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and her new husband Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page), and while it may seem like they had great chemistry, it certainly wasn't easy to simulate those passionate moments. A couple of the Bridgerton stars have opened up about what it takes to film those scenes.
Phoebe Dynevor and Jonathan Bailey Share Details about Shooting Sex Scenes
There's always an intimacy coach on the Bridgerton set while filming these precarious scenes, and Phoebe Dynevor says that person, Lizzy Talbot, is essential in order to produce what is necessary for the camera. She also says that filming these sex scenes is like filming stunts.
"We did the intimate scenes like stunts – we blocked them out, so you have yoga balls in between you and all sorts of things that never make you feel exposed in any way," she told Glamour. "You always feel safe. I'd rehearse with Regé [-Jean Page] so much that we both knew what we were doing. It felt very practical."
Practical isn't exactly the word that comes to mind when you think about filming sex scenes, but apparently that's how it feels on set.
"I felt so safe in the knowledge that Lizzy was there, so that if something went wrong or the director wanted something different, he could speak to her first," she said. "I think it would have been a very difficult experience if Lizzy hadn't been on set protecting me and looking after me."
Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony Bridgerton, also opened up and shared some secrets of the trade. He said there have been some changes since season one; Lizzy brought props to the set of season two in order to maintain people's privacy even more.
"It’s amazing how that whole industry has just come on, even in a year," he told Radio Times. "There are new tricks to the trade [like] little cushions. If there are two people doing a sex scene, the rule is they must have three barriers separating them. And there are certain acts where a half-inflated netball can allow for movement without having to connect physically."
Other Actors Have Shared Details about Filming Sex Scenes
Dakota Johnson, who became all too familiar with sex scenes when filming Fifty Shades of Grey, said there are pieces of clothing that had to be glued to her body. "I had these sort of strapless thongs that had glue on them. It's not glue, but it's sticky," she told Marie Claire. "They're, like, basically if it were a nipple pastie, but underwear. But it's only sticky at the top, it's not sticky the whole way. It would also come off because the adhesive would wear out, so then they would superglue it to my body so that it wouldn't fall off. And I would wear two of them."
Even with the use of props or an intimacy coordinator, things can get really uncomfortable. Blake Lively said she filmed a sex scene with Ben Affleck on the first day she was filming The Town. "The sex scene was really awkward. It was my first day...so I guess it was good to break the ice," Blake told Interview Magazine.
Well, you'll never watch a sex scene again without thinking about these graphic behind-the-scenes details.