NORMAL PEOPLE hunk Paul Mescal has revealed a moment one of the sex scenes in the BBC drama slipped everyone up with a healthy dose of lube.
The 24-year-old divulged some secrets from the set of the hit adaptation of Sally Rooney’s second book, Normal People.
The BBC and Hulu show was declared a breath of fresh air during the stifling pandemic lockdown by its fans and viewers.
It became an instant hit thanks to its incredible storyline, actors, scenery and, let’s not forget, revolutionary sex scenes.
Starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones in the leading roles of lovestruck teens Connell and Marianne, the lead actor opened up about one of the funniest moments that happened.
Paul told The Mirror in an interview: “Filming those scenes is probably the least sexy thing you’ll ever do in your life, so it’s amazing that they turned out so brilliantly, because at the time, they are quite unsexy.”
Recalling one particularly awkward moment, Paul revealed: “On the Friday of the first week, me and Daisy had to do a day of sex scenes and we were covered in this gel called Egyptian Magic.
“It’s basically fake sweat. We had to switch positions and our bodies were in close contact. When we separated, it made a really loud fart noise. Me and Daisy started hysterically laughing, but the crew and director (Lenny Abrahamson) all thought that one of us had farted and really were trying to preserve our dignity.
“They were like, ‘OK, we’re going to just go again’. So yeah, that was pretty embarrassing. It totally takes any tension out of situations.
“Once you fake fart in front of the other person, it’s all good.”
Viewers of the hit show cited Normal People’s sex scenes, which featured awkward moments, discussions of consent, and a focus on both male and female pleasure, as some of the hottest they’d ever seen on TV.
Every sexy moment was overseen by intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien, who describes her role as similar to a stunt coordinator.
She told Dazed: “As an intimacy coordinator, we’re bringing to the industry a shift to help everybody know that just as with a dance or a fight, we’re doing intimate content, we’re bringing a skill and a structure that allows everyone to work professionally.
“It’s really positive. I’ve had other people say to me that they would even recommend that people show (the first sex scene) to their teenage kids as a really positive depiction of losing virginity.”
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