Joe Alwyn reveals ‘mechanical’ sex scenes from Conversations With Friends

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When Sally Rooney’s Normal People premiered, viewers were as engrossed in the sex scenes as they were in Connell’s (Paul Mescal) chain, and with another of her books forthcoming, expectations are high.

But Joe Alwyn, who stars as Nick in Conversations With Friends, has revealed that the sex scenes aren’t sexy at all, “more like fight scenes.”

The drama series follows Frances (Alison Oliver) and her ex-girlfriend and best friend Bobbi (Sasha Lane) as they become embroiled in a complicated relationship with Melissa (Jemima Kirke), a writer, and her husband, Nick, an actor.

Different dynamics are at play within the group as while Bobbi and Melissa openly flirt with each other, Nick and Frances keep their connection a secret and the pair embark on a secret affair.

While the trailer hints at a torrid storyline between married Nick having an affair with college student Frances, filming the scenes was anything but, revealed Joe, despite regularly appearing nude on the show.

Speaking to The Guardian, Joe – who has been dating pop star Taylor Swift for more than five years but has kept the relationship private – revealed the sex scenes were “essentially choreographed”.

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Joe and Frances embark on a secret, torrid affair (Image: Enda Bowe/Hulu/Element Pictures)

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The series is another based on the books by Sally Rooney (Image: Enda Bowe/Hulu/Element Pictures)

“We were guided through it by an intimacy coordinator,” he shared.

“They are essentially choreographed. So they’re like fight scenes.

“They’re quite mechanical. And obviously, they’re weird, funny, weird things to do with your friends.”

He added how “all the sexiness” was taken out of the scenes when they were shooting with director Lenny Abrahamson, “joking around”, different crew members around them and “it’s freezing cold or boiling hot”.

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Joe likened the sex scenes to “fight scenes” (Image: George Pimentel/Getty Images)

Though they revealed the racy scenes for what they really are, Joe added that they are like “extensions of the conversations in their own way,” with each scene meaning “something different” to the characters involved.

“They don’t just get thrown in for free,” he shared, though he admitted the meaningful scenes were a “weird” part of the job nonetheless.

Conversations with Friends was the debut novel published by Sally in 2017 before Normal People came out the following year.

Normal People was a huge hit on BBC Three when it launched in 2020, starring its stars Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal.

Conversations with Friends premieres Sunday 15th May on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.

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