Bridgerton Star Phoebe Dynevor Opens up about 'Difficult' Masturbation Scene

Susannah Alexander
·2-min read
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Photo credit: Netflix

From Women's Health

Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor has revealed which scene in the Netflix period drama she found the most difficult to film.

The actress, who has risen to international fame since making her debut as Daphne Bridgerton in the Shondaland period drama, told Glamour that she found it most challenging to take on a solo scene in which Daphne discovers masturbation for the first time.

'That was the hardest scene to shoot,' she said.

'That's saying something, because there were a lot of difficult scenes to shoot. You feel very vulnerable in those scenes.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

We did the intimate scenes like stunts – we blocked them out, so you have yoga balls in between you and all sorts of things that never make you feel exposed in any way. You always feel safe. I'd rehearse with Regé (Regé-Jean Page, who plays Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings) so much that we both knew what we were doing. It felt very practical.'

The actress explained that acting out an intimate scene on her own was 'a different thing', saying that the show's intimacy coordinator Lizzy Talbot's presence on set made her feel far more comfortable about performing an orgasm scene.

'The stage directions are very specific: You have to (perform having) an orgasm,' she said of the scene in question. 'It's a difficult thing to rehearse, which means you don't. You just do it.

'I always get back to the fact that Lizzy was on set for that scene. If we didn't have an intimacy coordinator, it would be our director, who was a male, coming up to me and telling me what to do. That would have been awkward.'

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

She continued: 'I felt so safe in the knowledge that Lizzy was there, so that if something went wrong or the director wanted something different he could speak to her first. I think it would have been a very difficult experience if Lizzy hadn't been on set protecting me and looking after me. No one wants to be told how to perform orgasm (on set) by a man.'

Dynevor's co-star Page has previously spoken about his own scene challenges, saying during an interview with Netflix Queue that 'it's not always the extreme things that are the hardest' and that having to express subtle emotions can be the most difficult thing to act out.

'When someone says something that you don't get to blow up about, that you don't get to cry about, you just have to take that sting right in the ribcage and express that through a flick of an eyebrow or through the way that you cut your peas,' he said.

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