I'm Bridgerton's intimacy coach – how we film sex scenes & why a deflated netball is the secret to happy humping

STEAMY romps and passionate gazes, Netflix’s bodice-ripping, Regency-era drama is back with a bang as the second season launches today.

The hit drama may have grabbed attention with its raunchy debut, but scenes are conducted under the watchful eye of the show’s intimacy co-ordinator, Lizzy Talbot.



Lizzy has lifted the lid on staging orgasms, creating a relaxed atmosphere on set and tricks used to film sex scenes.

Speaking to iNews, Lizzy said of her role: “You wouldn’t shoot a fight without a stunt coordinator so why not have someone choreographing intimate scenes?”

Over 82 million households tuned into the first season and Lizzy said Bridgerton producers Shondaland were keen that any intimate scenes were seen by the “female gaze”.

She also chatted extensively to the cast to ensure they were comfortable with the script.

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Lizzy previously said: “I sat down with Phoebe [who plays Daphne] and we had a chat about what she was and was not willing to show, what she was comfortable with and the context of the scenes. An actor might have different comfort levels depending on who you are acting opposite.”

And they used some very clever “modesty garments” in case actors get aroused during any scenes.

The intimacy coach explained: “The chances are there’s going to be a physiological reaction because hormones are flooding through the body and you are simulating sex. So that’s where the modesty garments come in and protective barriers. They can still do the scene without drawing attention to that or the other actor knowing.”

Lizzy said she tried to put the cast at ease during scenes of an intimate nature, and encouraged people collapsing into laughter at “highly-charged moments.”

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The second season focuses on the eldest Bridgerton child, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, and his romance with the new character of Kate Sharma, played by Simone Ashley.

He revealed that during any lustful scenes, they used a half-deflated netball to create a barrier between them.

This enabled them to move against each other without intimate body parts touching.

Jonathan said: “Our intimacy coordinator Elizabeth Talbot comes in and makes sure everyone is communicated with, and that we’ve both felt heard. 

“She just helps us to feel safeguarded, and helps to actually tell the story in a more interesting and nuanced way. 

“It’s amazing how that whole industry has just come on even in a year. 

“There are new tricks to the trade, new little cushions — it’s amazing what you can do with a half-inflated netball. I’m learning things every year.”

Jonathan previously appeared on Lorraine to promote the first series and revealed how his underwear-covered rear had been painted in flesh-coloured make-up for an outdoor tryst.

Other tricks of the trade include aloe vera to prevent chafing, nipple daisies to preserve modesty and frequent breath mints for kissing scenes.

The second season is said to feature less sex scenes than the steamy first series.

A TV insider said: “Devotees who loved the racy show’s first helping were probably hoping the follow-up would contain more sex, not less.

"Most of the bedroom scenes were previously supplied by Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton and Rege-Jean Page as her husband, the Duke of Hastings.

"But he doesn’t appear in series two and she is more of a background character.

“Now all the romance revolves around Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan, and new character Kate Sharma, played by Simone."

In Series One, Jonathan had bared his buttocks within three minutes of the first episode as he had sex with Siena Rosso, played by Sabrina Bartlett, up against a tree.

Bridgerton’s Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Chris Van Dusen, said: I don’t think we would be able to do the show without the help of our intimacy coordinators. 

“Every intimate scene starts with a conversation between myself, the intimacy coordinator, and the director. 

“We talk about what we want to accomplish in every scene, and what story we’re telling.

“We don’t do intimate scenes just for the sake of doing them. 

“Every intimate scene has a purpose, and is approached much like a stunt. It’s heavily choreographed, it’s very technical.

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“Your hand goes here, your leg goes there. It’s all about making our actors feel safe and comfortable.”

It was announced the second series will be made available to Netflix subscribers on March 25, 2022.

Bridgerton has been a massive hit for Netflix since the Shonda Rhimes-produced romance series dropped on the streaming site.



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