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Jack O'Connell admits he felt 'compromised' during sex scenes on Skins

Jack O'Connell admits he felt 'compromised' during sex scenes on Skins

The actor didn't feel comfortable a decade ago when filming intimate scenes

There have been many TV shows that have shaped our generations, but one of them has probably caused the most fun.

If you were born in the 90s, you were probably just old enough to watch the best UK teenage show, Skins.

It had everything from sex to drugs and constant flows of drama, which is why we were all hooked and up late watching it behind our parents backs.

But did you ever think about the cast and how it must have felt to film certain scenes?

Let’s look at Jack O'Connell for instance, probably one of the biggest stars to come from the show.

He has been in countless films and shows since then, the latest which was the Netflix adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

This was a raunchy film if there ever was one, including one infamous scene that shocked viewers.

However, if you thought he was used to sex scenes, think again.

Back in his Skins days, O’Connell was just a 17-year-old who was ‘naïve’.

Jack O'Connell in Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Addressing his role as James Cook in Skins a decade ago, O'Connell said to The Independent about filming sex scenes: "It's hard to say that you're ever totally comfortable.

"Listen, I admit I was very naive at the time, enough so as to not check in with myself and question myself if I was feeling comfortable or not.

"It just felt like part and parcel of the programme in a very different time than the one we're in now."

But he also thinks that the film industry has changed for the better in this regard.

"I think what's important is that these discussions are being had to make sure that whatever was happening [on] that wasn't right, it seems, is addressed and doesn't repeat itself," he continued.

"You feel very compromised and if you don't feel that you're protected in that environment, it can be very unnecessarily daunting."

The actor said the industry is a lot better when it comes to filming sex scenes these days.
Skins / Channel 4

Even though the actor isn’t new to the nude gig, he still feels a little apprehensive.

"Still, there's always going to be nerves," he said.

"But listen, if it's going to push the story forward then that's that.

"Words to the effect of, if it can't be avoided, just crack on with it."

The actor went on to talk about working with an 'intimacy coordinator' on Lady Chatterley's Lover, detailing that there was no type of coordinator back in the day.

An intimacy coordinator's entire job is basically around making sure that actors are comfortable when it comes to filming intimate scenes.

"My career definitely predates the intimacy coordinator age," he said.

But he’s not the only Skins castmate who didn’t feel the greatest about some scenes as April Pearson, who played Michelle Richardson, also said she 'didn't feel protected' while filming.

LADbible has reached out to Channel 4 for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, UK News, Sex and Relationships, Drugs