Ruth Wilson The Affair : Star addresses relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal

Updated: January 24, 2015
Ruth Wilson The Affair : Star addresses relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal

Even though she just won a Golden Globe for her performance in one of TV’s steamiest, most explicit dramas, The Affair’s Ruth Wilson complains that there’s a double standard when it comes to onscreen nudity.

The actress told The EDIT that it is “assumed” women will go topless.

“I have a big concern about how women are treated in the industry generally and how they have to provide the titillation, because penises can’t be seen on screen but breasts can,” Wilson said.

“It’s assumed that women will get their breasts out and have to get their breasts out, and I balk at that. It’s unnecessary and unfair.”

Wilson added that she and co-star Dominic West insist that sex scenes in The Affair must be “real”.

“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,” she explained.

“They can’t be purely titillation. 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?'”

Wilson also suggested that men’s ‘orgasm’ face should appear on screen more often, and argues this while shooting The Affair.

She continued: “I kept insisting, ‘Why have I always got to do the orgasm face? There should be a male orgasm face. Why is it always the woman who’s orgasming? Let’s analyse the male orgasm. Why aren’t we thinking about that a bit more?’

“It’s hard to make good sex scenes work. There are so many crap ones out there.”