This Game of Thrones actor says sex scenes on the show were a "mess"

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Game of Thrones is notorious for its explicit sex scenes. And - while they might look polished on the surface - one of the show's actors has opened up about her experience filming intimate moments, calling the process a "frenzied mess".

Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy in the series, has shared details on what filming sex scenes was like, comparing her experience on GoT to other shows where intimacy coordinators were involved.

Asked whether Game of Thrones actors were left to just "get on with it", Gemma told The Guardian, “Almost literally. They used to just say, ‘When we shout action, go for it!’, and it could be a sort of frenzied mess."

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Gemma went on to add that actors would look out for each other on set during intimate scenes. She explained, "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 with. A director might say, ‘Bit of boob biting, then slap her bum and go!’, but I’d always talk it through with the other actor.”

Gemma starred in her fair share of sex scenes while playing Yara in the show, including a *very* memorable horseback riding moment with her brother Theon (in classic GoT style).

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Photo credit: HBO

Opening up about the scene with Theon actor Alfie Allen, she revealed, “Alfie was very much [like], ‘Is this OK? How are we going to make this work?’ With intimacy directors, it’s choreography – you move there, I move there, and permission and consent is given before you start. It is a step in the right direction.”

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