[ad_1]

Olivia Colman has reflected on filming sex scenes with her younger Empire of Light co-star Micheal Ward.

The actress, 48, and the Top Boy star, 25, discussed a few ‘slightly embarrassing’ moments during filming while speaking on a new episode of The Graham Norton Show that will be broadcast on New Year’s Eve.

The 1917 Sam Mendes-directed romantic drama stars Olivia as a cinema manager, Hilary, who develops a relationship with a ticket-seller, Stephen, played by much younger Micheal.

Film: Olivia Colman has reflected on filming sex scenes with her Empire of Light co-star Micheal Ward

Film: Olivia Colman has reflected on filming sex scenes with her Empire of Light co-star Micheal Ward

Olivia said of the intimate scenes: ‘There was one particular moment when I was astride Micheal in a compromising and slightly embarrassing situation and he said, ”It’s my mum’s birthday today.”

When he said she was 43, I was like, ”OK, stop talking!”

Further discussing the film, when asked if her role was written specially for her, Olivia said: ‘Apparently it was. But Sam is so nice he would say that anyway. He was watching The Crown at the time and thought of me. 

Close: The actress, 48, and the Top Boy star, 25, discussed a few 'slightly embarrassing' moments during filming while speaking on a new episode of The Graham Norton Show that will be broadcast on New Year's Eve

Close: The actress, 48, and the Top Boy star, 25, discussed a few ‘slightly embarrassing’ moments during filming while speaking on a new episode of The Graham Norton Show that will be broadcast on New Year’s Eve

‘We had a Zoom conversation during lockdown and I said ‘okay, yes’ before I even knew what it was. It is an incredible accolade for him to write something for me.’

Adding jokingly, ‘It was an amazing part thank god – can you imagine if it had been rubbish!’

Michael, talking about working with Olivia, said later in the show: ‘It was an amazing experience. It was incredible just to share the same space. I learnt so much about being a real person – everyone had a real sense of humanity. 

‘If Olivia had been rude I might have thought that’s how I need to be to reach a certain level of success but the fact she is so lovely showed me I can be a good person and still be successful.’

Empire Of Light is a love story ‘set around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England in the 1980s’.

Filming on the project began in early February in Margate. The seaside town was transported back to the 1980s as builders transformed the area surrounding the Dreamland amusement park.

Plot: The 1917 Sam Mendes-directed romantic drama stars Olivia as a cinema manager, Hilary, who develops a relationship with a ticket-seller, Stephen, played by much younger Micheal

Plot: The 1917 Sam Mendes-directed romantic drama stars Olivia as a cinema manager, Hilary, who develops a relationship with a ticket-seller, Stephen, played by much younger Micheal

Happy: Further discussing the film, when asked if her role was written specially for her, Olivia said: 'Apparently it was. But Sam is so nice he would say that anyway'

Happy: Further discussing the film, when asked if her role was written specially for her, Olivia said: ‘Apparently it was. But Sam is so nice he would say that anyway’

The project marked the first time that Sam has directed a film that he did not pen with the assistance of a co-writer.

He produced the film with Pippa Harris through his Neal Street Productions, and he reunited with his longtime cinematographer Roger Deakins on the production.

Speaking of the film, Sam said in a statement: I have long been an admirer of Searchlight and the dynamic way they have produced and released some of my favourite theatrical releases of recent years.

Icon: Michael, talking about working with Olivia, said later in the show: 'It was an amazing experience. It was incredible just to share the same space'

Icon: Michael, talking about working with Olivia, said later in the show: ‘It was an amazing experience. It was incredible just to share the same space’

‘This project is very close to my heart, and I couldn’t be more delighted that it has found its ideal home.’

See also  North Dakota's only abortion clinic plans to move to Minnesota when GOP state bans terminations 

Empire of Light hit theaters on December 9.

Elsewhere on The Graham Norton show Hugh Laurie said he’s very proud of his latest film, Romesh Ranganathan joked about working with Katherine Ryan, Leah Williamson said she re-lives England’s win over and over, and Cabaret stars Callum Scott Howells and Madeline Brewer performed live in the studio.

Hugh, talking about his new film, The Amazing Maurice, said, ‘I loved doing it and the animation is astounding – it is terrific and I look really handsome as a cat! The film is a lot of fun and utterly charming. I am very proud of it.’

Talking about the long awaited second series of Avenue 5 and asked if his character’s accent (British pretending to be American) was a challenge, he said, ‘It actually gives you a bit of an escape route. If you mess something up and it doesn’t sound right you’ve always got an excuse of a deliberate mistake. 

‘I found it easier than doing House, which just had to be right.’

Asked about his son, who he describes as, ‘A proper grown up doctor,’ and whether his choice of career was influenced by Hugh being House, he said: ‘No, I think he had to muscle through in spite of being teased by other medical students. 

‘I am very, very proud of him. I am the son of a doctor and also the father of a doctor so I am sort of the slice of ham between them!’

Romesh, talking about his new stand-up special The Cynic, said: ‘Most Netflix specials are done at the Apollo, so I thought it would be funny to do it at my local theatre in Crawley, which looks like a leisure centre!’

Asked about his new series The Romantic Getaway, he added: ‘I’ve written sitcoms that are very gentle with funny scenarios, but I’ve never written something that is so driven by plot – you want it to be funny but you also want to drive this twisty story. It was amazing.’ 

Adding jokingly: ‘Despite playing a couple, Katherine (Ryan), who is a really good mate of mine made it clear from the very beginning that there would be no touching – she was adamant. In fact I think it was a deal breaker for her!’

Leah also joined Graham for a chat.

Asked what sort of pep talk she gave the team before their Euros win, she said, ‘I just played music throughout – so I let that do the talking. I might have said something like, ‘Come on girls.’ It was low key because everyone was ready. We had given our lives for that one moment so why wouldn’t we go out and enjoy it.’

Talking about winning, she added: ‘It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I hope I never lose that feeling. I re-live it over and over.’

Callum Scott Howells and Madeline Brewer performed Willkommen and Don’t Tell Mama from the hit West End revival of Cabaret, before joining Graham for a chat.

The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Saturday December 31, 10.55pm. Also available on BBC iPlayer.

Movie: Empire of Light hit theaters on December 9 (Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward at the LA premiere this month)

Movie: Empire of Light hit theaters on December 9 (Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward at the LA premiere this month)

[ad_2]

Source link