Claire Foy, who starred in the first two seasons of Netflix’s The Crown, recently opened up about feeling exploited while filming TV sex scenes. Foy led the series as Queen Elizabeth II and earned some major awards for her portrayal of the British monarch. Throughout the historical drama’s first two seasons, Foy headlined alongside Dr. Who vet Matt Smith (Prince Phillip), Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret), Victoria Hamilton (Queen Elizabeth), and others before being replaced with different actors for aged-up versions of the characters in season 3.

Those who have watched The Crown know that Foy’s part in the series didn’t involve much from her when it came to its sex scenes. Foy did have a few risqué moments with Smith, who played her on-screen husband, but her new series, A Very British Scandal, addresses the topic far more frequently. The series follows the messy 1963 divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, whose split captured national attention in post-war Britain, largely because of the Duchess’ infidelity.


While talking about A Very British Scandal in a recent interview with the BBC (via CinemaBlend), Foy opened up about feeling “exploited” when it comes to filming sex scenes for TV. She admitted that she still has negative feelings towards doing intimate scenes, and added that she feels “exposed” while performing fake sex. Foy’s full quote can be read below:

“It’s a really hard line, because basically you do feel exploited when you are a woman and you are having to perform fake sex on screen. You can’t help but feel exploited. It’s grim — it’s the grimmest thing you can do. You feel exposed. Everyone can try to make you not feel that way, but it’s, unfortunately, the reality.”

Though she tends to have generally negative feelings towards doing sex scenes, Foy still performed them in A Very British Scandal. Since sex is so crucial to the story, Foy understood the need for these scenes, and worked with an intimacy coordinator throughout the production. Hopefully, this made her feel at least slightly better about filming them.

Sadly, many actresses have spoken out about feeling pressured to film sex scenes, with plenty coming forward to explain how uncomfortable they can be to coordinate. While more guidelines have been set in place in recent years, many performers still harbor negative feelings towards filming on-screen intimacy. But much like Foy did with her sexually charged role in A Very British Scandal, some actors might have to find a way to reconcile their feelings about actually performing the sex scene if they believe it adds value and significance to the story. For now, fans of The Crown can look forward to the very distant premiere of its sixth season, which is set to land on Netflix in Nov. 2022. And followers of Foy can catch her in A Very British Scandal, which debuts on BBC One later this month.

Source: BBC (via CinemaBlend)

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