Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan have revealed that they choreographed their own sex scene in new drama Ammonite.

The upcoming film sees the Oscar-winner play palaeontologist Mary Anning, who is entrusted with caring for depressed housewife Charlotte Murchison (Ronan). Despite some initial tensions, the two end up falling in love.

As part of the movie, the two actors were involved in one particularly explicit sex scene, which Winslet revealed was choreographed by the stars themselves.


“It’s definitely not like eating a sandwich,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I just think Saoirse and I, we just felt really safe. [Director] Francis [Lee] was naturally very nervous. And I just said to him, ‘Listen, let us work it out.’

“And we did. ‘We’ll start here. We’ll do this with the kissing, boobs, you go down there, then you do this, then you climb up here.’ I mean, we marked out the beats of the scene so that we were anchored in something that just supported the narrative.”

She added: “I felt the proudest I’ve ever felt doing a love scene on Ammonite. And I felt by far the least self-conscious.”

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Ronan added that Winslet’s “performances are incredibly human”, noting that the two knew each other casually before working together on Ammonite.

“Obviously, she’s incredibly skilled, but she’s also someone you always feel you can identify with, and I think that says a lot about the kind of person she is,” she added of her co-star. “It’s sort of in [her] bones.”

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