Nailing those scenes was crucial given how much Marianne and Connell's relationship is grounded in sex. To create the right environment, production brought in intimacy coordinator Ita O'Brien. Once both actors were comfortable, Abrahamson says he tried to shoot the sex scenes like he would any other scene. "If anything, what's radical about Normal People is that they move from conversation to lovemaking in a way which doesn't involve a split stylistically," he says. "I'm primarily interested in their faces. I'm primarily interested in tracking their emotions."
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