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Bridgerton Season 2 features a variety of sex scenes, and the show’s intimacy coordinator discusses which proved the most difficult and why.
The intimacy coordinator for the Netflix show Bridgerton reveals what was the hardest sex scene to film† BridgertonBased on the Julia Quinn book series, it explores the nature of courtship and debutants in Regency-era London, with beautifully detailed costumes, witty lyrics, nuanced characters and – perhaps most talked about – incredibly steamy and romantic sex scenes. Bridgerton Season 1, which premiered on Netflix in late 2020, focuses on the courtship between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Duke Simon Bassett (Regé-Jean Page); the second season, which premiered last week, focuses on Daphne’s brother, Anthony (Jonathon Bailey), and his courtship with Kathani (Simone Ashley).
Bridgerton has been praised for its focus on female pleasure, which makes the show much more accessible to women who are responsible for much of Netflix’s viewership and therefore contributed to the show’s widespread success. However, spectators found that the lack of sex scenes in Bridgerton season 2 gave the show a little bit at accessible in an effort to be “family friendly” and reach even more people and felt watered down as a result. Others, on the other hand, enjoyed the implicit nature of the sex appeal, claiming that it actually heightened the season’s sexual energy through its frequent use of subtext – moreover, the sex scenes the second season does feature certainly have their own signature appeal.
In an interview with enchantment, Lizzy Talbot, the show’s intimacy coordinator, reveals which of these sex scenes is in Bridgerton season 2 proved to be the most difficult to film. Talbot’s position as the intimacy coordinator is a relatively new but important role on set – she works with actors in vulnerable scenes, in this case Bailey and Ashley, to ensure their continued comfort first and foremost, but also to create an ethical, convincingly sensual and intentional display of pleasure. Talbot focuses in particular on the depiction of the female gaze in Bridgerton‘s sex scenes, which means exploring the nuances of positions and angles that more traditional male-focused sex scenes previously left as frustratingly uncharted territory. The scene that proved the most difficult for Talbot to coordinate appears in episode 8, where Anthony and Kate sit opposite each other, a position that Talbot says proved difficult in a small Regency-era bed.
“There’s a scene in episode eight, right at the end, which was quite challenging because we had them in a face-to-face position, sitting, which is a bit complicated to do. It worked really beautifully, but it took figuring out a lot because that angle and position on a Regency bed is really tricky.”
However, Talbot also notes that in many ways this challenge only enhanced the resulting sexuality, due to the deliberation and time it took to undress and maneuver in such a unique position and environment. Indeed, Talbot confirms that the highly tense nature of the relationship between Anthony and Kathani is what causes the lack of sex scenes in the second season, and that the simmering, slowly building quality sets an exquisite and charged anticipation for its eventual release in scenes like this one. And it’s clear that this method works – Netflix recently released the luscious Bridgerton for both a season 3 and 4 after the success of the second season, showing that tailoring a show to the desires of women rather than just men does not limit a show’s success.
Bridgerton, therefore, does crucial feminist work by successfully and attractively deconstructing and undermining the assumption that male-only entertainment is attractive to box office and viewers. The show also questions why sex scenes are often so patriarchally coded and focused in the first place. Although the first season was enjoyable in its explicit nature and second in being implicit, both retain a refreshing and satisfying departure from traditional sex scenes that often dehumanize the female character and focus only on the pleasure generated by and for the male character (and thus the male spectator). The existence of such variation in sex scenes (or lack thereof) everywhere Bridgerton in fact most beautifully and accurately illustrates the multifaceted, detailed and nuanced nature of the pleasure and gaze of the woman herself – pleasure that, thanks to Talbot’s work and regardless of a viewer’s gender, promises to continue to live up to in seasons to come .
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