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Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones details the filming of the shows intimate scenes 

‘I’d never done anything like that’: Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones details the filming of the shows intimate scenes


She’s best known for the role as Marianne in the BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best selling novel, Normal People.

Daisy Edgar-Jones, 23, detailed the filming of intimate scenes and reaching out to actress Phoebe Dynevor, at Harper’s Bazaar’s, At Work Summit at The Londoner Hotel on Tuesday.       

Daisy starred alongside Paul Mescal, 25, who took on the role as her love interest Connell Waldron in the hit series.  

‘I’d never done anything like that’: Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones detailed the filming of the shows intimate scenes and the importance of intimacy coordinator’s on set on Tuesday

Nerves: The actress, 23, opened up about the nerve-wracking experience of filming intimate scenes for the first time

Nerves: The actress, 23, opened up about the nerve-wracking experience of filming intimate scenes for the first time

The actress opened up about the nerve-wracking experience of filming intimate scenes for the first time. 

She said: ‘I’d never done anything like that. I’d never done nudity. But one thing I felt very safe in the hands of, was working with Lenny [Abrahamson] who was amazing … He’s a very sensitive director, and those scenes were so beautiful in the book so I was excited to see how he could investigate portraying young love really truthfully.’

The Emmy nominated series follows Marianne and Connell’s complex relationship as they weave in and out of eachothers lives and often fall victim to miscommunication. 

The series hired intimacy coordinator, Ita O’Brien to carefully construct and choreograph the scenes with realistic portrayal. 

Vulnerable: Daisy spoke about the vulnerability that actors face and the importance of having intimacy coordinator's on set

Vulnerable: Daisy spoke about the vulnerability that actors face and the importance of having intimacy coordinator’s on set

On Ita’s role, Daisy spoke about the vulnerability that actors face and the importance of having intimacy coordinator’s on set.

She said: ‘I find it very shocking that [intimacy coordinators are] new. You are simulating something, and you are very vulnerable in that moment. 

‘So, it was amazing working with Ita [O’Brien, Normal People’s intimacy coordinator], she’s really good at allowing you to have agency in those moments.’ 

The racy drama aired as the UK was plunged into lockdown last year and the thrust Daisy into overnight fame. 

She said: 'I find it very shocking that [intimacy coordinators are] new. You are simulating something, and you are very vulnerable in that moment.'

She said: ‘I find it very shocking that [intimacy coordinators are] new. You are simulating something, and you are very vulnerable in that moment.’

Support: She detailed the moment that she reached out to Phoebe Dynever, 26, as she felt there were many similarities between the pair

Support: She detailed the moment that she reached out to Phoebe Dynever, 26, as she felt there were many similarities between the pair

She detailed the moment that she reached out to Phoebe Dynever, 26, following her performance in the Netflix smash hit ‘Bridgerton’ as she felt there were many similarities between the pair. 

Daisy recalled: ‘I remember watching Bridgerton and thinking that her whole performance was so stunning and I started to see that she was getting very similar questions to what I was about the intimate scenes.’ 

‘The show had a lot in common with Normal People, in that it was a love story and both of us were relative newcomers.’ 

She added that the pair had a Zoom call: ‘It was nice to digest how we were feeling … I think it’s really important as young actors to look out for each other.’ 

Looking towards the future Daisy said: ‘I would love to carve a really interesting career for myself, continuing playing powerful and complicated women, and I would also love to direct one day, being behind the camera and having a bit more control.’ 

Normal People: Daisy starred alongside Paul Mescal, 25, who took on the role as her love interest Connell Waldron in the hit series

Normal People: Daisy starred alongside Paul Mescal, 25, who took on the role as her love interest Connell Waldron in the hit series

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