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    “Oh my god,” says Ruth Wilson with a somewhat mortified smile when I tell her that I’ve been having a ‘Ruth Wilson-intensive week’. I’ve not only seen her Broadway debut, Constellations, a love story during which she and Jake Gyllenhaal are the only people on stage for 70 minutes, but I’ve also been binge-watching The Affair, the gripping TV drama for which Wilson recently won a Best Actress Golden Globe, about loss, betrayal and a hot and heavy affair, co-starring Dominic West.

    Much ado has been made of the show’s sex scenes, and Wilson – today wearing an oversized fuzzy sweater, pants, sneakers with no socks and a messy ponytail – wants to emphasize that these are not your average bump-and-grind, mindlessly cheap TV thrills – they have been carefully choreographed and planned out.

    “Of course, in The Affair, you have to have sex scenes,” the 33-year-old actress says, stretching her arm across the back of the chair next to her, “that’s a major part of the relationship. But it was 

    about making it as interesting and important as the rest of it. I argue this stuff all the time; that these scenes need to be real and they need to have a narrative as much as any other scene. They can’t be purely titillation. They need to move the story forward and the characters forward. So for Dominic and myself, every time it came up we asked, ‘Do we need this? What are we saying with it? And how can we choreograph it so that it has something to say, so that we can act within it?’”

    She continues passionately, oblivious to the fact that the diners next to us have recognized her and are now not-so surreptitiously eavesdropping. “I have a big concern about how women are treated in the industry generally, and how they have to provide the

    “Why have I got to do the ORGASM face?
    There should be a male orgasm FACE. Why is it always the WOMAN?”

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