What’s it like to film sex scenes with your partner?

Hint: it's awkward.

The American Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys
The Americans Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in their hit US spy show. Image Picture FX

The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are partners in real life – so filming sex scenes for their hit FX spy show can understandably get awkward.

The pair revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that shooting love scenes in front of dozens of crew members can get excruciating for all parties.

Russell explained: “No one wakes up on Tuesday morning at 6am and is [excited to be] like, ‘Hey! Nice to meet ya! OK, here we go, whoooo!’ with 50 of our friends watching.

“I’m like, ‘Can someone get her a f*ckin’ robe, please?!”

“But I will say I sort of love the use of it on our show because, at least in my experience being a woman, you usually have to do the most sexy, the most in love, the most romantic version.

“In our show, I’m in a place of power: it’s to get information from that person or to make that person feel a certain way. And that can be empowering.”

Rhys added that his main priority is keeping Russell comfortable.

“I’m like, ‘Can someone get her a f*ckin’ robe, please?! She’s standing there naked, we’ve cut for five seconds, Jesus Christ.’ And they’re like, ‘Dude, this is the fourth season.’” he said.

The Welsh actor said filming with Russell had it’s advantages because “there’s that immediate thing where, like, physically you’re comfortable together, and so that’s fine”.

The American, about a pair of Soviet intelligence agents posing as a married couple to spy on the US, will return for its fourth season in 2017.

The show’s already a big hit with critics and has been a fixture in the Emmy nominations since it debuted in 2013.

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