There are a total of 12 sex scenes in Normal People and we've ranked them all. Like, a lot of sex. Key to the relationship of Marianne Daisy Edgar-Jones and Connell Paul Mescal is their physical connection, which the series explores carefully through the various and plenty sex scenes. Sex becomes a way in which we understand where exactly both characters are at, not only in terms of with each other but also just generally as there are also quite a few sex scenes with them and other people they date outside of their relationship. We've ranked all the sex scenes in Normal People.
Sex on screen: behind Normal People's acclaimed intimate scenes
How Normal People Made Sex Scenes You Actually Believe
The ripple effects of the MeToo movement include the rise of intimacy coordination : a structured approach to shaping intimate scenes. Like a stunt coordinator, she brings technique and skill to the movement via open communication and transparency. Her role is more comprehensive than simply determining the physical choreography of a scene; she helps actors understand their characters even in phases of script study; she works in tandem with the entire crew—directors, producers, wardrobe, assistants—through the entirety of the rehearsal process up until intimate content is shot on a closed set. The intimacy coordinator is helping to reshape—from rehearsal to audience—the infamously abusive relationship the industry has with sex.
This is how ‘Normal People’ made some of TV’s steamiest sex scenes
Normal People is anything but your normal TV first-love story. The adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel streaming now on CBC Gem , which follows its protagonists Connell and Marianne from high school to adulthood, has received attention for it's long and explicit sex scenes. The show is revolutionary in the way it depicts consent, setting boundaries, and a balance between female and male pleasure and desire on screen. This is largely thanks to the work of the show's on-set intimacy coordinator, Ita O'Brien. Sex on screen matters for actors and audiences alike.
Hiring an intimacy coordinator, for starters. Lenny Abrahamson, who executive produced the series and also directed its first six episodes, admits he was initially hesitant when the idea was floated. How to adapt an unadaptable novel? Of course, when Edgar-Jones and Mescal tried out for the show, both were made aware of what it would entail.