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Bridgerton’s steamy sex scenes took practice reveals the hit show’s intimacy co-ordinator

‘Bodies are funny and messy’: Bridgerton’s steamy sex scenes took practice says the hit show’s intimacy co-ordinator and reveals one cast member’s trousers SPLIT mid-action

She was in charge of choreographing the steamy sex scenes that sent a frisson through the nation in December. 

And Bridgerton‘s intimacy co-ordinator Lizzy Talbot has revealed that the show’s raunchy moments took a lot of practice and several mishaps, including one cast member’s trousers splitting mid-action. 

‘Bodies are funny and messy and they don’t always do what we want them to do,’ she told The Times.   

‘Bodies are funny and messy’: Bridgerton’s steamy sex scenes took practice says the hit show’s intimacy co-ordinator Lizzy Talbot and revealed one cast member’s trousers SPLIT mid-action

Lizzy spoke candidly of the hilarious moments that occurred while filming the series’ hottest scenes. 

And most of them seemed to include Jonathan Bailey and Sabrina Bartlett, who starred as the aristocrat Viscount Anthony Bridgerton and the opera singer Siena Rosso. 

The pair, whose characters were involved in a forbidden sexual relationship, had many athletic scenes to get right.

‘At one point in rehearsals, Sabrina slipped and sort of did this fireman’s pole down Johnny to the floor. And I don’t think we recovered for about ten minutes,’ Lizzy revealed. 

Mishap mayhem: She spoke of the hilarious moment that Sabrina Bartlett (pictured) accidentally slid down  her co-star Jonathan Bailey's body like a 'fireman's pole'

Mishap mayhem: She spoke of the hilarious moment that Sabrina Bartlett (pictured) accidentally slid down  her co-star Jonathan Bailey’s body like a ‘fireman’s pole’

And once the cast were laughing it was hard to re-gain their composure. 

Lizzy remembered: ‘Production was calling up — “Are you finished?” “One minute, I’m regaining the room!” You’ve sort of got to find the joy in it because it is there inherently — bodies are funny and messy and they don’t always do what we want them to do.’

The intimacy co-ordinator also revealed that Jonathan’s trousers had split open in the middle of another steamy scene.  

Lizzie revealed Jonathan's trousers split open in the middle of a sex scene with Sabrina

Lizzie revealed Jonathan’s trousers split open in the middle of a sex scene with Sabrina 

Intimacy co-ordinators have been staple members of staff on some of the most popular series of the last 12 months: Normal People, It’s a Sin, and I May Destroy You have all utilised the position. 

But although choreographed fight scenes have long been standard practice in the industry the same cannot be said for sex scenes.  

Essential workers: Intimacy co-ordinators have been on the sets of other popular TV shows like Normal People, It's a Sin, and I May Destroy You as well as Bridgerton (pictured)

Essential workers: Intimacy co-ordinators have been on the sets of other popular TV shows like Normal People, It’s a Sin, and I May Destroy You as well as Bridgerton (pictured) 

Instead, an intimacy co-ordinator will often devise a choreographed routine where the actors know exactly whose hands are going where and when. 

Other times they’ll take a looser ‘paint by numbers’ approach where one section of the body, like from the neck to the lower back, will be free to work with. 

But both performers in the scene will know that beyond that designated area is off limits.    

Jonathon revealed to The Mirror earlier this month that season two of Bridgerton will be similarly packed with sex scenes.  

‘The thing that’s so at the heart of is intimacy and identity and sexuality – and so of course that’s something we’re going to have to make sure we continue with,’ he said. 

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