Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan has revealed that footage of sex scenes on the HBO drama could be a “mad mess”.
The actress – who starred as Yara Greyjoy in the fantasy series – recently opened up about her experiences filming the series’ many sex scenes.
Whelan told The Guardian: “[The directors] used to just say, ‘When we shout action, go for it!’ And that could be a bit of a mess. “
The 40-year-old added: “But between the actors, there was always an instinct to check in with each other.”
“There was a scene in a brothel with a woman and she was so exposed that we talked together about where the camera would be and what she was happy about.”
She continued, “An instructor might say, ‘A little breast bite, then slap her ass and go!’ But I always wanted to talk it through with the other actor. “
Whelan went on to address a specific sex scene in season two, which she shot on a horse with Alfie Allen, who played her brother Theon.
“Alfie was very, ‘Is it ok? How are we going to make it work?'” Whelan recalled.
That Gentleman Jack star went on to discuss the introduction of intimacy directors on the set to ensure the safety and consent of everyone involved.
She said, “With intimacy instructors, it’s choreography – you move there, I move there, and permission and consent are given before you start.”
Whelan called the involvement of intimacy directors a “step in the right direction.”
Earlier this year, her Game of Thrones Co-star Hannah Waddingham – who played Septa Unella – described the filming of her torture scene as “the worst day of my life”.
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