Although fans loved the enemies-to-lovers trope this season, many were critical of the show’s very few steamy scenes, which the Netflix period drama has become known for. Intimacy coordinator Lizzy Talbot sat down with Insider to explain that many sex scenes were filmed… they just didn’t make it to the screen.
‘Bridgerton’ Intimacy Coordinator Revealed One Steamy Scene Took Two Days To Film!
Talbot revealed that the most intimate scene between Anthony and Kate, which took place at the end of episode seven, took two full days to film. Although the scene itself was less than two minutes long, Talbot revealed that most of what they had filmed never made it to the big screen.
“[We spent] two days on episode seven, so you can imagine there was a bunch more in it,” she revealed. “There’s always sex scenes that don’t make the final edit.”
She also said that there were plenty of steamy scenes that were also left out of episode one, which focused on the love story between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page). Although season one featured many intimate moments between the couple, Talbot said that season 2 of “Bridgerton” focused on the “slow sizzle.”
She explained that the second season emphasized “the yearning, the hand grazes, the looks, and the vulnerability” between the two key characters.
‘Bridgerton’ Intimacy Coordinator Contrasts The Love Story Between The Two Seasons
Talbot rehashed the first season of the show, which focused on Daphne Bridgerton and her budding maturity.
“In the first season we met Daphne and we walked along with her sort of sexual awakening,” Talbot explained. “This time we’re dealing with a character that’s much more savvy and she knows what she wants, so it’s been a different approach to intimacy on this season.”
Unfortunately, there wasn’t much time for Kate and Anthony to get intimate with one another in the same way Daphne and Simon did. Anthony only proposes to Kate within the last twenty minutes of the season’s final episode, which means that fans didn’t even get to see a wedding. Talbot also explained that this was one of the reasons for the lack of intimate scenes between the two.
“We’re still working in the Regency period,” she explained. “We see Daphne and Simon’s relationship in far more explicit detail because they get married a lot earlier on in season one. So we’re seeing a lot more charged and forbidden want and interaction between Kate and Anthony during this season — but that’s all released in the final two episodes.”
‘Bridgerton’ Intimacy Coordinator Says That Each Scene Has To Be ‘Earned’
Although some fans are not happy with the lack of intimate scenes, or even the lack of post-martial bliss between the couple, Talbot said, “I think we’ve done the characters justice.”
“I think we have really ensured that every sex scene has been earned properly,” she added. “We’re still staying true to the female gaze and the intentional viewpoint that ‘Bridgerton’ always has, and I think we’ve stayed true to the characters’ arc of this forbidden love journey.”
She also praised both Bailey and Ashley, saying that they worked together to help choreograph their big scene together.
“Jonny brings such wonderful energy, charm, and hilarity,” Talbot said. “And Simone is so confident, cool, calm, collected. It was a really beautiful merging.”
“They know their characters so inside out,” she added. “They know exactly what their character would do in this moment, and they can bring so much to the scene because of that. It’s always a gift when you’ve got actors who really understand their characters.”
Season 2 of “Bridgerton” is currently available to stream on Netflix, but fans are already looking ahead to season 3 now that Jonathan Bailey has let slip about fatherhood and baby names!