Gemma Whelan reveals Game Of Thrones actors were left to get on with sex scenes – Daily Mail

Gemma Whelan has revealed actors were ‘left to get on with it’ while filming ‘frenzied’ sex scenes on Game Of Thrones.

The actress, who played Lady Yara Greyjoy on the hit fantasy show, explained: ‘They used to just say, ”When we shout action, go for it!”, and it could be a sort of frenzied mess.

‘A director might say, ”Bit of boob biting, then slap her bum and go!”.’

Candid: Gemma Whelan, 40, has spoken candidly about filming raunchy scenes during her time on Game Of Thrones

Candid: Gemma Whelan, 40, has spoken candidly about filming raunchy scenes during her time on Game Of Thrones

Candid: Gemma Whelan, 40, has spoken candidly about filming raunchy scenes during her time on Game Of Thrones

However the star insisted actors would always ‘check in with each other’ before filming sexual scenes.

She told The Guardian: ‘There was a scene in a brothel with a woman and she was so exposed that we talked together about where the camera would be and what she was happy with.’

‘I’d always talk it through with the other actor,’ Gemma added. 

MailOnline has reached out to HBO for comment. 

Intimate: Gemma's bisexual character Yara often engaged in raunchy scenes, most famously with actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy, pictured)

Intimate: Gemma's bisexual character Yara often engaged in raunchy scenes, most famously with actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy, pictured)

Intimate: Gemma’s bisexual character Yara often engaged in raunchy scenes, most famously with actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy, pictured)

Gemma’s bisexual character Yara often engaged in raunchy scenes, most famously with actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy).

The pair became incredibly intimate while riding a horse, with the scene going on to become one of the show’s most infamous.

Recalling the shoot, Gemma told the outlet ‘Alfie was very much, ”is this OK? How are we going to make this work?”’

Pointing to the importance of on-set intimacy coordinators, Gemma called their appointment a ‘step in the right direction’ and noted intimate scenes become ‘more of a choreography’ under their direction.

During its eight-season run, Game Of Thrones became as well known for its steamy sex scenes as it did for its gruesomely violent battle sequences. 

Drama: The fantasy series has seen its fair share of shocking relationships come to light, not least the incestuous romance between twins Cersei and Jamie Lannister

Drama: The fantasy series has seen its fair share of shocking relationships come to light, not least the incestuous romance between twins Cersei and Jamie Lannister

Drama: The fantasy series has seen its fair share of shocking relationships come to light, not least the incestuous romance between twins Cersei and Jamie Lannister

The fantasy series saw its fair share of shocking relationships come to light, most notably the incestuous romance between twins Cersei and Jamie Lannister.

Cersei’s children Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella Baratheon were born from the relationship between her and Jamie, rather than her marriage to the late king Robert. 

Another surprising twist at the end of the seventh season saw Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) take their romance to the next level, at the same time it was revealed elsewhere that they’re related. 

Sultry: Another surprising twist saw Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) take their romance to the next level

Sultry: Another surprising twist saw Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) take their romance to the next level

Sultry: Another surprising twist saw Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) take their romance to the next level

Steamy love scenes have become a television staple in recent years and a whole new industry has sprung up around them.

As of 2021, Britain has 20 registered intimacy coordinators — all but three female — to thank for expertly choreographing such scenes as Daphne and Simon’s passionate encounter on the library stepladder in Bridgerton.

Intimacy co-ordinators have been staple members of staff on some of the most popular series of the last 12 months: Normal People, It’s a Sin, and I May Destroy You have all utilised the position.

Steamy: Steamy love scenes have become a television staple in recent years and a whole new industry has sprung up around them

Steamy: Steamy love scenes have become a television staple in recent years and a whole new industry has sprung up around them

Steamy: Steamy love scenes have become a television staple in recent years and a whole new industry has sprung up around them

But although choreographed fight scenes have long been standard practice in the industry the same cannot be said for sex scenes.  

Instead, an intimacy co-ordinator will often devise a choreographed routine where the actors know exactly whose hands are going where and when.

Other times they’ll take a looser ‘paint by numbers’ approach where one section of the body, like from the neck to the lower back, will be free to work with.       

But both performers in the scene will know that beyond that designated area is off limits.   

Elsewhere in Gemma’s interview, the mother-of-two noted despite having never personally experienced ‘threats or assault on set’, she has noticed ‘the mood has changed’ on film sets.

Offering an example, Gemma pointed to the fact there is now ‘a different choice of language’ on shoots, and if anyone were to ‘make an innuendo’ it would be ‘shut down’.

Family: Gemma shares a young son and daughter with her husband Gerry Howell (pictured together last year)

Family: Gemma shares a young son and daughter with her husband Gerry Howell (pictured together last year)

Family: Gemma shares a young son and daughter with her husband Gerry Howell (pictured together last year)

Latest project: Gemma was pregnant with her son Freddy while filming her most recent project, ITV's police drama The Tower (pictured)

Latest project: Gemma was pregnant with her son Freddy while filming her most recent project, ITV's police drama The Tower (pictured)

Latest project: Gemma was pregnant with her son Freddy while filming her most recent project, ITV’s police drama The Tower (pictured)

Gemma – who shares a son and daughter with her husband Gerry Howell – was pregnant with her son Freddy while filming her most recent project, ITV’s police drama The Tower, and spoke candidly about choosing to receive the COVID vaccine despite being pregnant.

The star explained the decision was difficult however she went on the advice of her midwife and doctor, who she spoke to ‘at length’.

Gemma also touched upon film and TV sets having become more ‘baby friendly’, telling the paper ‘breastfeeding was never an issue’ however insisted it was important to meet production ‘half-way’ and not shoot off to feed a child after crew had set up an elaborate set. 

Dream project: As for her dream project, Gemma shared that she'd love to hone her American accent on screen (pictured filming Game Of Thrones)

Dream project: As for her dream project, Gemma shared that she'd love to hone her American accent on screen (pictured filming Game Of Thrones)

Dream project: As for her dream project, Gemma shared that she’d love to hone her American accent on screen (pictured filming Game Of Thrones)

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