The Favourite star Olivia Colman described an awkward moment involving a “big, wet sponge” during the shooting of a sex scene between her character Queen Anne and Emma Stone’s Abigail Masham.
The British actor appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Monday (December 31) along with co-star Nicholas Hoult to discuss the film, which was finally released in the UK on January 1.
“So Emma had to finger me,” Colman said, describing the setting of the sex scene they were due to shoot.
The actor, who said she trusted The Favourite‘s director Yorgos Lanthimos “completely” in filming the sex scene, revealed that she used a sponge as a prop, to Stone’s surprise.
“I put a sponge there and said it’s all right, there’s a barrier. It was a big, wet sponge,” Colman said.
Describing Stone’s reaction she said: “Her face was a picture. She was going up my leg and went…” and mimicked an expression of shock on the actor’s face, who was promptly reassured about the nature of the object she just touched.
“It’s all right, it’s a sponge, it’s a sponge!” Colman recalled telling Stone.
Speaking at the Venice Film Festival in August, Colman said: “It was awfully fun having sex with Emma Stone.”
“It was really fun having sex with you too,” Stone responded. “We didn’t really!” she then added, as to avoid any misunderstanding.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stone revealed it was her idea to be naked in a scene where her character is discovered in bed with Colman’s Queen Anne by the monarch’s adviser and secret lover Lady Sarah Churchill, played by Rachel Weisz.
“I had the sheet up around me,” the actor, who won an Oscar for her performance in the lead female role in La La Land, explained.
“Olivia was like: ‘No, don’t do it!’ Yorgos was like: ‘Are you sure that’s what you want to do?’” Stone recalled.
“And I was like: ‘Absolutely.’ I chose to do it. I was like, this makes sense to me. It’s an absolute [Stone flips the bird] to Sarah.”