Exclusive: The Nevers star James Norton breaks down "seductive" orgy scenes

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Photo credit: Warner Brothers/ HBO
Photo credit: Warner Brothers/ HBO

The Nevers stars James Norton and Tom Riley have opened up exclusively to Digital Spy about filming the show's orgy scenes.

Sky Atlantic and HBO's fantasy series takes place in an alternate version of Victorian London, where gifted people use their superhuman skills in a never-ending conflict.

One of their battlegrounds is the club owned by aristocrat Hugo Swann (Norton), where the upper crust indulge in their most extreme sexual desires… and give Swann blackmail ammunition in the process.

When we recently chatted with the cast, Norton said it was actually a "really fun" process to film the more "seductive" scenes from The Nevers.

Photo credit: Warner Brothers/ HBO
Photo credit: Warner Brothers/ HBO

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"I guess part of Hugo, which is enticing for us all, is that he's the kind of person who does what we all sometimes wish we were allowed to do if we weren’t British and repressed by the law and our upbringing and everything else," the actor explained.

"He represents darker side of humanity, and he isn’t afraid to go there. His club is essentially the manifestation of that, and so it’s inherently seductive and enticing...

"The other thing is, we were surrounded by these incredibly crazy, talented burlesque dances and circus performers. It really was a feast for the eyes and for the senses. In that sense, it was real. It really allowed us to let that energy imbue the scene. It kind of made it quite easy."

Tom Riley agreed about the bawdy atmosphere on set, but also pointed out that any explicit moments were assisted by an intimacy coordinator to make sure everyone felt comfortable.

Photo credit: Warner Brothers/ HBO
Photo credit: Warner Brothers/ HBO

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"The truth is what James said about being able to feel the energy of the scene," he said. "Obviously it’s very salacious, and the set itself was sort of… you look in every direction, and there’d be something crazy to see.

"But at the same time, we had an intimacy coordinator on set, and everyone felt like it was a safe space. Everyone was comfortable and was only doing things within their own limitations and their own boundaries.

"And as a result, it’s a safe place in which to just sort of feel free to do your thing, and react in a way you want, because you know it’s not going to be causing any harm."

The Nevers airs Sundays on HBO in the US, and is available to stream on HBO Now and HBO Max. UK viewers can watch the show on Sky Atlantic and NOW.

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