Ruth Wilson reflects on filming ‘awkward’ and ‘exploitative’ sex scenes in The Affair

‘It was awful’: Ruth Wilson reflects on filming ‘awkward’ and ‘exploitative’ sex scenes in The Affair as she praises use of on-set intimacy coaches










Ruth Wilson has praised TV and movie bosses for employing intimacy coaches to make ‘awkward’ and ‘exploitative’ sex scenes ‘scientific’, after previously assessing how many nude shots she had to film.

The actress, 40, rose to prominence after being cast on primetime show The Affair as Alison Bailey in 2014 opposite actor Dominic West, 52, who played Noah Solloway, before suddenly leaving in 2019.

She told The Sunday Times that the hardest part of filming intimate scenes in The Affair was the lack of instructions, adding: “Since #MeToo…intimacy coaches are really scientific about sex scenes.”

Moving forward: Ruth Wilson, 40, has praised TV and movie bosses for employing intimacy coaches to make ‘awkward’ and ‘exploitative’ sex scenes more comfortable to film

‘But before that nothing would be said. It would be a question of inventing it as one goes along.

‘No one wanted to argue [sex scenes], so the actors invariably had to create something on the day and it’s hopelessly awkward. It’s an awful place.

She added that filming sex scenes that didn’t look authentic was “exploitation.”

The star insists she now feels good about the scenes she had to film, describing them as an unfortunate “rite of passage” for people in the industry.

On-screen: The actress, 40, rose to prominence after being cast on prime-time show The Affair as Alison Bailey in 2014 opposite actor Dominic West, 52, who played Noah Solloway

On-screen: The actress, 40, rose to prominence after being cast on prime-time show The Affair as Alison Bailey in 2014 opposite actor Dominic West, 52, who played Noah Solloway

Last year, Ruth produced and starred in the movie True Things, employing intimacy coach Ita O’Brien to talk actors through the sex scenes.

Ita guided the stars step by step, telling them where to put their hands and where to look so everyone felt comfortable and not “over-objectified.”

She added that she thought the sex scenes served as a reminder that an actor’s body wasn’t his because the stars were objectified.

Honest: The star insists she now feels good about the scenes she was supposed to film, describing them as a

Honest: The star insists she now feels good about the scenes she had to film, describing them as an unfortunate ‘rite of passage’ for people in the industry (pictured in December)

Ruth has previously criticized the male-dominated film and television industries for drawing attention to women in sex scenes.

The Golden Globe winner told The Edit it’s “unfair” that women are expected to show their breasts when men rarely show they are asked to show their genitals.

‘I kept insisting, “Why do I always have to do the orgasm face?” There should be a male orgasm face. Why is it always the woman who enjoys? Let’s analyze the male orgasm,” Ruth said.

It’s an issue that came up while filming The Affair, where she and co-star Dominic were discussing how their sex scenes should be portrayed.

“These scenes should have a narrative as much as any other scene,” she said. “So for Dominic and myself, every time that happened, we were like, ‘Do we need this? What do we say with that?

“It’s hard to make good sex scenes work. There’s so much c**p out there,” she added.

She also expressed her frustration at having to show herself topless on camera.

“Women have to provide the titillation because penises can’t be seen on screen, but breasts can,” she told the magazine.

Resolution: Ruth previously said that while filming The Affair, she and co-star Dominic would discuss how their sex scenes should be portrayed

Resolution: Ruth previously said that while filming The Affair, she and co-star Dominic would discuss how their sex scenes should be portrayed

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