The 'Westworld' cast opens up about nude scenes

During a season two panel discussion

The 'Westworld' cast opens up about nude scenes
Stars Insider

28/04/18 | StarsInsider

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The acclaimed television drama, 'Westworld,' explores what happens when science and the backcountry collide in an artificial world of adventure and sin. Currently in its second season, the cast of the show gathered for a panel discussion at the New York City premier in the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Following a plot of robotic humans who are programmed to entertain the guests of Westworld, the show doesn't shy away from the crude depiction of how sex and violence could mold with technology. For the cast of the series, this means shooting nude scenes. For male and female actors alike, the plot demands a degree of naked comfort that is different from standard media productions.

“We talk about these things in a gendered way because often it is only women who get naked and only women who are vulnerable,” writer and co-producer, Lisa Joy, said during the panel, according to Mic. “It’s a very vulnerable position for men to be in as well.”

Thandie Newton, who plays Maeve, praised the 'Westworld' production team for how they handled the sensitive scenes. “We did a take and [director Jonathan Nolan] rushed out from behind the camera, made everybody, ‘Turn around! Turn around!’ and got me a robe,” Newton told the audience at Tribeca. “He wouldn’t even look at me. He was trying to guide the robe [to] me and not look at me. I just wanted to cry because I had never been treated like that in a situation where I was nude. I was treated that way every single day I was nude...It is a revelation to me.”

The deeply complex plot of 'Westworld' gives audiences a raw look at power, technology, and exploitation. Currently in its second season, watch 'Westworld' on Sundays on HBO.


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