'Bridgerton' star Simone Ashley says she once learned how 'snails mate' in intimacy workshop to prepare for sex scenes

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Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley in "Bridgerton"
Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey in "Bridgerton."Netflix
  • Simone Ashley revealed details about the intimacy workshop she participated in for "Sex Education."

  • The actor said they were taught to compare certain sex scenes to snails and dogs mating.

  • Ashley added that her role in "Sex Education" prepared her for similar sex scenes on "Bridgerton."

"Bridgerton" star Simone Ashley said that she once had to watch snails mate to prepare for her role in Netflix's "Sex Education."

In the past, the cast of the raunchy teen drama "Sex Education" spoke to Cosmopolitan about how they took part in an intimacy workshop to prepare for the show's sex scenes.

Ashley elaborated on the workshop in a recent interview for The Los Angeles Times' "The Envelope" podcast, adding that the cast copied the sexual movements of animals.

"We explored the movement of different animals to kind of portray different paces or different sexualities or how sensual something could be," she said. "For example, we look to how snails mate, and when snails mate, they actually produce a plasma that intertwines."

She continued: "So if it was a really sensual, slow kind of scene, we'd be like, 'Oh, it's like the snail.' And it's super like the plasma, like falling like honey. So we would make it about that or how dogs mate or chimpanzees mate — it's very like fast-paced and a different kind of style."

Ashley added that the "amazing intimacy coordinators" and environment on the "Sex Education" set prepared her for similar scenes on "Bridgerton."

Earlier this year, the romance show's intimacy coordinator Lizzy Talbot told Insider that Ashley and her co-star Jonathan Bailey, who portrayed Kate Sharma and Anthony Bridgerton in season two, helped choreograph their sex scene.

"They know their characters so inside out," Talbot said. "They know exactly what their character would do in this moment, and they can bring so much to the scene because of that. It's always a gift when you've got actors who really understand their characters."

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