Kate Winslet has opened up about filming intimate love scenes with Saoirse Ronan.
The actresses will star alongside each other in an upcoming period drama called Ammonite, in which the play starcrossed lovers Mary Anning and Charlotte Murchison.
“Saoirse and I choreographed the scene ourselves,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s definitely not like eating a sandwich,” she said of the Francis Lee film’s most explicit scene, “I just think Saoirse and I, we just felt really safe.”
“Francis was naturally very nervous. And I just said to him, ‘Listen, let us work it out.’ And we did. ‘We’ll start here. We’ll do this with the kissing, boobs, you go down there, then you do this, then you climb up here.’”
“I mean, we marked out the beats of the scene so that we were anchored in something that just supported the narrative. I felt the proudest I’ve ever felt doing a love scene on Ammonite. And I felt by far the least self-conscious.”
Saoirse is tipped for her fifth Oscar nomination for the upcoming role, which is set in 1840s England.
“Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in a period piece are what Oscar dreams are made of,” predicts Hollywood bible Variety.
“The Titanic star portrays Mary Anning, the 20th-century British palaeontologist who becomes romantically involved with another woman (played by Ronan).”
The film was set for its’ world premiere in Cannes earlier this year, before the coronavirus pandemic caused the famous film festival to be cancelled.
It will now debut on September 11 at the Toronto Film Festival.