But Wilson has goals for cable sex scenes in general that transcend the narrative direction of a specific episode. There should be a male orgasm face. And when the focus is on the male costar, the treatment of the sex scene can change. Costar Melanie Lynskey remains clothed while Mark Duplass kneels naked and vulnerable on the bed, but the scene is played for awkward laughs, as male nudity often is onscreen. Just as they shouldn't have to accept lower pay than their same-level male costars, actresses shouldn't have to resign themselves to giving more to a project than men are required to give as the price for appearing in so-called prestige shows.
Dominic West has lifted the covers on what really goes on during sex scenes. The star of The Affair says that rather than being boring as many actors claim, they can be sexy — at all the wrong moments. An actor-y sock thing.
By Benjamin Secher. Ruth Wilson has an unremarkable name and an unmistakable face. People have always pointed out my distinctive features — my top lip or my eyebrows — even when I was very young. For a stage actress who, at 33, has already won two Olivier awards and was this week nominated for a Tony for her Broadway debut in Constellations, that face — those architectural eyebrows, the extravagant curve of the upper lip — has proved a major asset.