Good Luck To You Leo Grande’s Daryl McCormack and Emma Thompson opted not to use an intimacy coach


‘It didn’t feel awkward’: Good Luck To You Leo Grande’s Daryl McCormack and Emma Thompson opted not to use an intimacy coach as they felt it was ‘special’ to do their own ‘unique’ thing

Good Luck To You Leo Grande star Daryl McCormack has revealed that he and co-star Emma Thompson opted not to use an intimacy coach for the film.

The new movie follows Nancy (Emma), a widowed school teacher who hires a male escort (Daryl) for a date, hoping to experience an orgasm for the first time – with the two characters sharing very intimate moments throughout.

But Daryl told how he, Emma and director Sophie Hyde chose to navigate the scenes themselves as they felt it would be more ‘special’ to do their own ‘unique’ thing, with the actor adding that things were never ‘awkward’ between them.

Going it alone: Good Luck To You Leo Grande star Daryl McCormack has revealed that he and co-star Emma Thompson opted not to use an intimacy coach for the film

Going it alone: Good Luck To You Leo Grande star Daryl McCormack has revealed that he and co-star Emma Thompson opted not to use an intimacy coach for the film

While many TV shows including Normal People and Bridgerton brought in an intimacy coach for the sex scenes, the trio instead chose to choregraph their own sex scenes after first becoming comfortable with each other. 

In an interview with Bustle, the Irish actor, 29, said of the intimacy scenes with Emma, 63: ‘We felt like it was something we could do together, so we did. ‘It feels that little bit more special because it’s our own unique thing. 

‘It started with simple things. Just talking about our body: the things we like and don’t like. There’s something about detaching judgment from yourself and just seeing the potential in your body and what it can offer you. That gives you access to step into the intimate nature of the film.’ 

Stars: The new movie follows Nancy(Emma), a widowed school teacher who hires a male escort (Daryl) for a date, hoping to experience an orgasm for the first time - with the two characters sharing very intimate moments throughout

Stars: The new movie follows Nancy(Emma), a widowed school teacher who hires a male escort (Daryl) for a date, hoping to experience an orgasm for the first time – with the two characters sharing very intimate moments throughout

Thanks to their rehearsals and concerted efforts to know and be comfortable with each other (Emma and Daryl enjoyed walks around the park together), when it came to the more intimate scenes, the duo were able to fully embrace the moment.

Daryl explained: ‘It didn’t feel awkward, giddy, or anything like that. We enjoyed what we were doing and felt safe doing it. We were such a team.’

With the promotion of their film, Daryl and Emma have had open and candid conversations about sex and intimacy, with the Peaky Blinders star noting that he’s learned from his character Leo that intimacy is ‘deeply intertwined’ in ‘almost every facet’ of who we are as people. 

Close: But Daryl told how he, Emma and director Sophie Hyde chose to navigate the scenes themselves as they felt it would be more 'special' to do their own 'unique' thing, with the actor adding that things were never 'awkward' between them

Close: But Daryl told how he, Emma and director Sophie Hyde chose to navigate the scenes themselves as they felt it would be more ‘special’ to do their own ‘unique’ thing, with the actor adding that things were never ‘awkward’ between them

He went on to add that people need to learn to ‘get away from’ the idea that intimacy is a ‘shameful’ thing and urged that it needed to be brought to the ‘surface’ and be spoken about. 

The project saw Emma film one scene naked with her co-star Daryl which she admitted in January was ‘very challenging to be nude at 62’.

The film star revealed that she and co-star Daryl both rehearsed the scene fully nude, with Emma telling Entertainment Weekly: ‘We aren’t used to seeing untreated bodies on the screen.’

Adding that director Sophie Hyde also disrobed, she said: ‘Sophie, Daryl, and I rehearsed entirely nude and talked about our bodies, talked about our relationship with our bodies, drew them, discussed the things that we find difficult about, things we like about them, described one another’s bodies.’

Baring all: 'It started with simple things. Just talking about our body: the things we like and don¿t like. There¿s something about detaching judgment from yourself and just seeing the potential in your body and what it can offer you'

Baring all: ‘It started with simple things. Just talking about our body: the things we like and don’t like. There’s something about detaching judgment from yourself and just seeing the potential in your body and what it can offer you’

Getting close: Daryl explained: 'It didn¿t feel awkward, giddy, or anything like that. We enjoyed what we were doing and felt safe doing it. We were such a team'

Getting close: Daryl explained: ‘It didn’t feel awkward, giddy, or anything like that. We enjoyed what we were doing and felt safe doing it. We were such a team’

‘It’s very challenging to be nude at 62. She stands in front of a mirror alone and she drops her robe,’ Emma said of her character, Nancy.

The star also recently revealed she went naked and drew circles around the parts of her body she doesn’t like with her co-stars ahead of shooting nude scenes in their movie.

The actress made the admission during an appearance on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers last week in New York City. 

She said: ‘We all [she, Daryl and director Sophie], we just took our clothes off and we did it bit by bit and looked at our bodies and said, “Well, I don’t like this bit, because, well, I’ve got a scar here.”

‘Then we drew around them and wrote on them. When you do maps of your body like that, it just becomes the thing that you can accept. 

Lessons: The Peaky Blinders star noted that he's learned from his character Leo that intimacy is 'deeply intertwined' in 'almost every facet' of who we are as people.

Lessons: The Peaky Blinders star noted that he’s learned from his character Leo that intimacy is ‘deeply intertwined’ in ‘almost every facet’ of who we are as people.

Comfort: He went on to add that people need to learn to 'get away from' the idea that intimacy is a 'shameful' thing and urged that it needed to be brought to the 'surface' and be spoken about

Comfort: He went on to add that people need to learn to ‘get away from’ the idea that intimacy is a ‘shameful’ thing and urged that it needed to be brought to the ‘surface’ and be spoken about

‘You can look at it with a neutral gaze and you’re not just always looking in the mirror and going, “That’s just wrong. What can I do?”

She facetiously added: ‘I know what I’m going to do. I’m going to waste my passion, my energy, my curiosity, my money and my life’s purpose worrying about my body.

‘That’s what I’ll do. What a good idea. Welcome. Yeah, let’s do that. It’s so much fun.’ 

Meanwhile, speaking about the taboo topic of women’s bodies on Lorraine earlier this month Emma said: ‘The human body is not honestly represented on screen, pretty much ever, and especially not in my industry.’

Emma added of her character: ‘She’s someone who has been widowed and it looking back at her life and thinking, ‘I’m not sure that I’ve ever experienced that essential part of my life’, or sexual pleasure of any kind.

‘She’s never had an orgasm – not even on her own.’

Challenge: The project saw Emma film one scene naked with her co-star Daryl which she admitted in January was 'very challenging to be nude at 62'

Challenge: The project saw Emma film one scene naked with her co-star Daryl which she admitted in January was ‘very challenging to be nude at 62’

Emma then detailed that women had been ‘brainwashed’ about their bodies as she discussed the impact of societal expectations and dishonesty surrounding sex. 

Emma continued: ‘I think we are quite dishonest about sex as a society, she [Nancy] has the courage to do it, but the reality of it is quite different.’

‘I’ve had conversations with men in their eighties who say, ‘A lot of my friends brag about having great sex, but I don’t think they are telling the truth.”

Getting to know you: The star also recently revealed she went naked and drew circles around the parts of her body she doesn't like with her co-stars ahead of shooting nude scenes in their movie

Getting to know you: The star also recently revealed she went naked and drew circles around the parts of her body she doesn’t like with her co-stars ahead of shooting nude scenes in their movie

The actress then explained that her new role is a challenge for her as she was forced to face her own body image issues.

Emma revealed: ‘I don’t look in the mirror and if I do, I look away. We’re brainwashed from very early on to not see something that we can’t accept.

‘It has been industrialised, the human body is not honestly represented on screen, pretty much ever, and especially not in my industry.’

‘So, women’s pleasure is never at the top of anyone’s agenda and women don’t know how to own up to it or ask their partners.’

Honest: The actress then explained that her new role is a challenge for her as she was forced to face her own body image issues.

Honest: The actress then explained that her new role is a challenge for her as she was forced to face her own body image issues.

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