Claire Foy says sex scenes leave her feeling exposed and exploited | Claire Foy

She said filming sex scenes left actress Claire Foy feeling exposed and exploited, ahead of the broadcast of the latest adaptation of A Very British Scandal, in which she plays a duchess whose private life has become the subject of lewd gossip during her lifetime. Divorce procedures.

Foy plays Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll, famous for her charisma, beauty and style, who suffered from the publication of scandalous photos after her husband sought a divorce on the grounds of adultery.

The 1963 hearing focused heavily on the Duchess’s sexuality, with her husband Ian Campbell publicly estimating the number of men he believed she had had sex with, as well as providing explicit photographs purporting to show her in the act.

Nearly 60 years later, Foy said she struggled filming sex scenes in the on-screen adaptation. She said, “It’s a really hardcore situation because basically you feel exploited when you’re a woman and you have to have fake sex on screen. You can’t help but feel exploited.”

“It’s dismal – it’s the saddest thing you can do. You feel exposed. Anyone can make you try not to feel that way but unfortunately it is the truth.

“But the thing I did was feel very strongly that he had to be in her, but I wanted to be female. I didn’t want it to be the kind of awful sexual experience you often see on the cinema screen.”

Real-world divorce proceedings have highlighted accusations of fraud, theft, violence, drug use, secret registration and bribery. The judge criticized the Duchess, denouncing her in his ruling as a “hypersexual woman” who was “dissatisfied with normal relations and began to indulge in disgusting sexual activities to satisfy a weak sexual appetite”.

The fact that the couple had an open marriage was also taken advantage of by her husband and that he stole her private property and is said to have only filed for divorce when she stopped paying his bills was considered largely irrelevant.

In response to the suggestion that the Duchess was the first woman to be publicly “disgraced” by the media, Foy rejected the term. She said, “I hate the phrase shame, I absolutely hate it. But I think women have been shamed forever. I think Eve may have been shamed and disgraced.”

She added, “There’s something I just hate, paraphrasing the ownership of that nickname, and using it in a way that justifies it more. Just the word ‘slut’, I think, probably shouldn’t exist.”

The three-part series will be broadcast on BBC One over three consecutive nights starting with Boxing Day. It was created by Sarah Phelps, who previously wrote The Pale Horse, Then There Was Nothing and The Dublin Crimes, and directed by Norwegian director Anne Swietsky.

The show comes from the team behind the BBC’s A Very English Scandal, which starred Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw as liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe and his lover Norman Scott.

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