Wednesday 28 June 2017

This is how they make those 'best on TV' Outlander sex scenes look so realistic

Caitriona Balfe in Outlander
Caitriona Balfe in Outlander
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Fans and critics have been heralding the sex scenes in Outlander as some of the most realistic ever depicted on TV.

The sci-fi series stars Irish actress Caitriona Balfe opposite Sam Heughan and now executive producer Ronald D Moore has revealed exactly how the programme makers harness their sizzling on-screen chemistry.

Speaking to Variety, he said, “I said we’re not doing TV sex.  TV sex is not real sex. I would say to them, ‘This is not how you and I have sex. No one has sex like that.’

"And they would all kind of laugh and say, ‘Yeah, that’s true. So what do you want to do?’ I said, 'Just do it like the real deal.'"

Caitriona Balfe in Outlander
Caitriona Balfe in Outlander

Moore employed women, who had to be fans of the show, to write and direct for the wedding episode which saw Claire and her second husband Jamie (Sam) have sex in the 1700s.

"I just felt, for whatever reason, a woman would approach the scene differently emotionally and differently intuitively, and probably differently visually... Just don’t make it look “sexy” and make it how people have sex."

The 'no sex for sex's sake' approach has stood them well.

According to Moore they question the reason for every scene, what it adds to the story, and what it reveals about the characters and their relationships.

Female fans have been particularly vocal in their approval of the scenes.

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