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Joe Alwyn details filming ‘mechanical’ sex scenes on Conversations With Friends

Joe Alwyn has admitted that the sex scenes in Conversations With Friends were so choreographed that it was like filming ‘fight scenes’.

The actor, 31, who plays Nick Conway in the upcoming BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s 2017 book of the same name, claims any sensuality eradicated while performing in the moments because they were so ‘mechanical.’

He told The Guardian: ‘We were guided through it with an intimacy coordinator.

Speaking out: Joe Alwyn, 31, says the sex scenes in Conversations With Friends were so choreographed that it was like filming ‘fight scenes’ (pictured 2020)

‘They’re essentially choreographed. So they’re like fight scenes.

‘They’re quite mechanical. And obviously they’re weird, funny, strange things to do with your friends.’

He said ‘all the sexiness’ was removed while filming the scenes and director Lenny Abrahamson was ‘cracking jokes’ throughout.

On screen: The actor, who plays Nick Conway in the upcoming BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney's 2017 book of the same name, claims any sensuality eradicated while performing

On screen: The actor, who plays Nick Conway in the upcoming BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s 2017 book of the same name, claims any sensuality eradicated while performing

They were also surrounded by a full crew in a bid to keep them warm on the ‘freezing’ and the rest of the cast also looked on. 

Joe’s comments come after BBC bosses released the trailer for the upcoming series this week.

Actress Jemima Kirke, 37, and Joe feature in the promo as a married couple Melissa and Nick Conway who become involved with a pair of students who were once also an item.

The show, which is coming to BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on 15 May, follows students, Frances (Alison Oliver) and Bobbi (Sasha Lane), as they navigate their unusual attraction to the mysterious and sexy married couple Nick and Melissa.

The group meet at a poetry night in Ireland, with a glimpse at the intertwining relationships of the characters featuring in the promo. 

The new trailer opens with Melissa smiling as she’s drawn to Frances and Bobbi as they perform at a comedy night.

Telling the tale: The show, which is coming to BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on 15 May, follows the two young student women, Frances (Alison Oliver, left) and Bobbi (Sasha Lane, right)

Telling the tale: The show, which is coming to BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on 15 May, follows the two young student women, Frances (Alison Oliver, left) and Bobbi (Sasha Lane, right)

After their show, Melissa tells the pair ‘that was really great’ as she shares a flirty conversation with them at the bar.

Frances is then seen asking Bobbi if she is attracted to Melissa, to which she responds: ‘Obviously I have a crush on her.’

Bobbi becomes infatuated with Melissa and openly begins a flirtation with the older woman, who appears flattered by the attention. 

Meanwhile, Frances opens up about her liking for Nick and the pair are seen exchanging glances at one another in a number of sultry flash forward moments from the series.

Catching the eye: Bobbi becomes infatuated with married Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and openly begins a flirtation with the older woman

Catching the eye: Bobbi becomes infatuated with married Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and openly begins a flirtation with the older woman

New friends: The new trailer opens with Melissa (pictured) smiling as she's drawn to Frances and Bobbi as they perform at a comedy night

New friends: The new trailer opens with Melissa (pictured) smiling as she’s drawn to Frances and Bobbi as they perform at a comedy night

As the clip progresses, it becomes apparent the foursome’s connections become increasingly complicated and fraught.  

The novel and trailer alike are packed full of racy moments which will set viewers hearts thumping and will likely follow in the footsteps of author Sally’s 2020 series Normal People, which wowed viewers with its intimate, realistic sex scenes.

Like author Sally’s 2017 smash book, Conversations With Friends is also set in Trinity College, Dublin.

After Bobbi falls for Melissa, Frances and Nick embark on an elicit affair, with the foursome become more and more entangled with one another.

Setting the scene: Meanwhile, Frances opens up about her liking for Melissa's husband Nick and the pair are seen exchanging glances at one another throughout the trailer

Setting the scene: Meanwhile, Frances opens up about her liking for Melissa’s husband Nick and the pair are seen exchanging glances at one another throughout the trailer

Sexy: The novel and trailer alike are packed full of racy moments which will set viewers hearts thumping and will likely follow in the footsteps of author Sally's 2020 series Normal People

Sexy: The novel and trailer alike are packed full of racy moments which will set viewers hearts thumping and will likely follow in the footsteps of author Sally’s 2020 series Normal People

Nick ultimately reveals the affair to his wife, who accepts the relationship having had her own affairs, and Nick begins to date Frances openly within the group.

Eventually Frances rekindles her romantic relationship with both Bobbi and Nick, with the four continuing their elicit attraction to one another despite the complexities.  

Unlike the rest of the cast, little is known about the show’s lead role of Frances, who will be played by emerging talent Alison.

Watch: Conversations with Friends will premiere on Sunday 15 May, airing on BBC Three in the UK, with all episodes available on iPlayer

Watch: Conversations with Friends will premiere on Sunday 15 May, airing on BBC Three in the UK, with all episodes available on iPlayer

She will make her debut in the series having graduated from drama school Lir Academy in Dublin, Ireland.

The new series comes after the success of Rooney’s 2018 novel Normal People which was adapted into a ratings smash hit TV series in 2020.

The show follows troubled lovers Connell and Marianne from their school days in Sligo to university at Trinity College Dublin as they navigate the difficulties of social and class dynamics in Ireland. 

It's a hit! Normal People, which follows Marianne Sheridan [Daisy Edgar-Jones] and Connell Waldron [Paul Mescal], was BBC iPlayer's most popular series of the year in 2020

It’s a hit! Normal People, which follows Marianne Sheridan [Daisy Edgar-Jones] and Connell Waldron [Paul Mescal], was BBC iPlayer’s most popular series of the year in 2020

The drama sees Marianne as a hugely intelligent yet misunderstood social outcast, while Connell is the school football star and is widely popular among his peers.

Marianne and Connell’s link is due to the fact that his mother works as a cleaner at her family’s mansion, and a strange and indelible connection grows between them.  

However, Connell is desperate to keep their blossoming relationship under wraps due to Marianne’s lower social standing at school.

The tables soon turn however, when the duo both go on to attend Trinity College in Dublin and Marianne is well-liked for her quirky ways and thoughtful insights.

Incredible: Normal People viewers went wild for the Irish drama after all 12-episodes were released on BBC iPlayer

Incredible: Normal People viewers went wild for the Irish drama after all 12-episodes were released on BBC iPlayer

While Connell struggles to find a connection with anyone other than Marianne.

Their relationship is thwarted by tricky situations, other romances and their own personal demons.

The coming-of-age novel is set in mid-2000s Ireland and tells the tale of how they overcome it. 

Normal People was the most watched show on BBC Three ever with more than 23 million downloads globally and over 6.75 million devices watching the first episode. This makes it the most popular programme on the channel ever.

Conversations with Friends will premiere on Sunday 15 May, airing on BBC Three in the UK, with all episodes available on iPlayer from May 15. It will be available on Hulu in the US on the same day.

Breathtaking portrayals: The show, which is based on Sally Rooney's best-selling second novel, follows troubled lovers Connell and Marianne from their school days in Sligo to university at Trinity College Dublin

Breathtaking portrayals: The show, which is based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling second novel, follows troubled lovers Connell and Marianne from their school days in Sligo to university at Trinity College Dublin

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