‘Boob biting, slap her bum and go’: Gemma Whelan reveals Game Of Thrones actors were ‘left to get on with sex scenes’ and brands them ‘a frenzied mess’
Gemma Whelan has spoken candidly about filming raunchy scenes during her time on Game Of Thrones.
When asked in a new interview whether the show’s cast were ‘left to get on with it’ during intimate scenes, the actress, who played Lady Yara Greyjoy on the blockbuster fantasy show, replied: ‘Almost literally.’
Gemma, 40, added: ‘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
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.
Gemma’s bisexual character Yara often engaged in raunchy scenes, most famously with actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy).
Intimate: Gemma’s bisexual character Yara often engaged in raunchy scenes, most famously with actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy, pictured)
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.
Latest project: Gemma was pregnant with her son Freddy while filming her most recent project, ITV’s police drama The Tower (pictured)
Elsewhere in her 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’.
Gemma – who shares a young 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.
Family: Gemma shares a young son and daughter with her husband Gerry Howell (pictured together last year)
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.
As for her dream project, Gemma shared that she’d love to hone her American accent on screen.
‘I’d love to do something in America,’ she said, revealing she travelled across the pond to audition for a film with Frances McDormand, however did not land the role.
She gushed that a shoot in the States is her ‘next ambition’.
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)