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When filming a sex scene for TV, there are several factors to consider. But dealing with numerous shirts and buttons makes it even more difficult to capture passionate moments. Historical romance fans were positively clamoring at the hot possibilities when word spread that Netflix, in collaboration with television mogul Shonda Rhimes, was adapting Julia Quinn's body-ripping Bridgerton novels to the big screen.

Ever thought about what happens behind the scenes during Bridgerton's private moments? In that case, it is an extremely planned-out setting where the cast's security and comfort are given top priority.

Bridgerton’s Intimacy Coordinator Elizabeth Talbot Reveals How they do Bridgerton Sex Scenes

Bridgerton’s Intimacy Coordinator Elizabeth Talbot Reveals How they do Bridgerton Sex Scenes

Similar to combat scenes, sex sequences are orchestrated, and an intimacy coordinator's role includes ensuring that the passion can be achieved in a safe and comfortable way for actors—who, for some, experience difficulties with the sensuality—during the scenes.

Bridgerton's sex sequences strongly emphasize consent, and Talbot collaborated with the actors to recognize their limitations. Additionally, each performer has an 'intimacy rider,' which is a list of things they are willing to do during a sex scene.

Detailed descriptions of fake sex scenes and nudity are also included in contracts before casting, so performers are aware of what to expect before agreeing to play the part. In some productions, however, body doubles and occasionally CGI are used if they are uneasy.

A scene's pacing reportedly makes or ruins it. It's intriguing to learn that a four-minute sex sequence like the one we witnessed on the first season of Bridgerton, where Daphne and Simon got it on in every part of the castle, may take weeks to organize into single-timed scenes.

According to Talbot, the extreme height disparity between Daphne and Simon was one of the toughest obstacles to overcome during the filming of their romantic sequences. Especially when performing on a bed fit for the Regency era.

'We're very clear about all the preparation beforehand. What are you comfortable showing, and what are you not comfortable showing? What positions are you comfortable being in? Not everyone is comfortable being in every single position, even though they are performing a simulation…..So many scenes we did involved beds of Regency size. Reǵe being as tall as he is, is not really suited to a Regency-sized bed, lengthwise or even widthwise when there’s two people on it so we had to work really hard to make sure that if there's ever any rolling action - which happens quite a lot in these scenes - that they didn't accidentally roll off the bed.'

Filming sex sequences takes longer than one might imagine, unlike reality, where sex may often be rather spontaneous. Simply because makeup, touch-ups, lights, and perspective changes are required to get the desired mood and capture the ideal image, one or two minutes of a filmed tumble in the sheets can take days to film. Actors are handed blankets and heating pads to stay warm because filming can take a while.

Director Julie Anne Robinson and Actress Phoebe Dynevor on Steamy Sex Scenes in Bridgerton

Director Julie Anne Robinson and Actress Phoebe Dynevor on Steamy Sex Scenes in Bridgerton

'We would rehearse the sex scenes like stunts. I would literally know exactly where a guy was going to put his hand at what moment. And we'd have props, like mats, that went in between us. It was more intricately choreographed than our dance routines in a way, so I never really felt exposed at all.' Phoebe told The Guardian.

In a discussion with Deadline, director Julie Anne Robinson provided further details regarding the way the sex scenes were shot, stating that there were numerous retakes to ensure everything was just perfect.

'I would rehearse with the actors, we would talk through the scene in detail, and we would decide what story was that the scene was telling. Then [intimacy coordinator] Lizzy [Talbot], who I trust immensely, went away, and it was almost like a stunt rehearsal. I would be doing dance sequence in the room next door, they would be doing an intimacy rehearsal…… When you go into a country house, there is far less flexibility than you can ever imagine. You can't move the bed, you can't move the painting, you can't move the wardrobe, and you have to be quite delicate with the furniture. There were room monitors in the room when we were doing the sex scenes, and they wouldn't leave. We would be shooting a sex scene and they would say, 'Can you go easy on the bed, go easy on the bedpost.''

Talbot also disclosed that removing the Regency-era clothing is the most difficult aspect of filming passionate sequences for the 19th-century-set program.

'A huge part of doing any intimacy scene in the Regency period is how to get the costumes off, because they're not easy. They were often dressed by other people, so all of the fastenings are at the back,' she explained of the era's attire. That's always a real challenge because you're now working with two characters who aren't potentially used to undressing the opposite sex in that way.' 

Although it can be challenging, Talbot claimed that the actors who play the lovers-turned-enemies Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma, Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley, actually assisted in choreographing their big sex scene in the second season.

'Jonny and Simone both had really wonderful suggestions on how to get out of their own costumes, because obviously they get in and out of them all day, every day. It was really cool to see them suggest how gloves come off, how they wanted to very intentionally pull down stockings, and remove shoes and take off shirts.'

The important sex scene in season 1, episode seven took two days to film, and Talbot said that was partly because of the challenging clothing.

'These sex scenes can take a long time, and we're working very intentionally with Regency costumes — which all have to be reset as well. Every take, if you take something off, you have to schedule time to put it on to take it off again. So they aren't short scenes to film by any stretch of the imagination.' 

Tricks The Production Does for Bridgerton Sex Scenes

Fans of the series Bridgerton will recall that Jonathan Bailey, who plays Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, had many explicit sexual encounters with Siena Rosso during the first season. In comparison, season two's closeness would have been a breeze!

Bailey talked to the Radio Times about his sequences with Simone Ashley's Kate Sharma in season two.

Bailey continued by stating that it is required for two performers to 'have boundaries between them' when portraying a sex scene. As a result, the half-inflated netball and other similar objects can provide as a physical barrier between the actors, enabling movement without requiring too much skin-on-skin contact.

'It's amazing how that whole industry has just come on, even in a year. There are new tricks to the trade - little cushions. And it's amazing what you can do with a half-inflated netball….It's pretty silly really and we have some hilarious moments, but it makes it less awkward.'

You may wonder what a half-inflated netball is used for.

Simone Ashley said: 'We were in a very safe environment and we worked with an incredible intimacy coordinator who encouraged us to portray what it is for the female character to experience pleasure. That's important for us to see, because it's not like it doesn't happen.'

To prevent chafing and skin irritation, aloe vera, a pillow to place between each actor's pelvic region, and a lot of modest clothing are other tips frequently employed on the set during filming love scenes. And last but not least, a considerate co-star.

It's fascinating how steamy sex scenes in Bridgerton are made this way. Interesting right? Leave a comment about what you think!

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