The show is premiering on May 15th and that means that the cast is doing press. While talking with The Guardian, Joe Alwyn opened up about working with an intimacy coordinator for the sex scenes for the show.
“We were guided through it with an intimacy coordinator, Ita O’Brien, who is great,” he shared with the outlet. “They’re essentially choreographed. So they’re like fight scenes. They’re quite mechanical. And obviously they’re weird, funny, strange things to do with your friends.”
Sex scenes are very technical, that is true. The may come across sexy on the screen, but them being filmed is a whole other thing. In the room, Alwyn said, “there’s like 10 crew members around, and it’s freezing cold or boiling hot, it just takes all the sexiness out of it.”
“They are kind of extensions of the conversations, in their own way. Each one, hopefully, should feel slightly different and mean something different to the people involved, and they’re not just kind of gratuitously thrown in,” he added. “But, I mean, obviously, it’s a weird part of the job.”
The show is, “Described as both a complex coming of age drama and a very modern love story, Conversations with Friends follows Frances (Oliver), a 21-year-old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time. Frances is observant, cerebral and sharp. Her ex-girlfriend, now best friend, Bobbi (Lane) is self-assured, outspoken and compelling. Though they broke up three years ago, Frances and Bobbi are virtually inseparable and perform spoken word poetry together in Dublin.
It’s at one of their shows that they meet Melissa (Kirke), an older writer, who is fascinated by the pair. Bobbi and Frances start to spend time with Melissa and her husband, Nick (Alwyn), a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and Bobbi flirt with each other openly, Nick and Frances embark on an intense, secret affair that is surprising to them both. Soon the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self, and the friendship she holds so dear.”
Are you looking forward to Conversations With Friends? Will you watch?