“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