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Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey on how he helped new co-star 'feel safe' during sex scenes

Bridgerton 's Jonathan Bailey revealed the methods that were taken to ensure his co-star Simone Ashley felt safe during sex scenes.

The actor - who plays Viscount Anthony Bridgerton in the popular Netflix series - said that the two signed a contract before the intimate scenes were shot.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, he said: "For a man, it is less exposing. I wanted to make sure Simone felt safe as a newcomer on set."

Simon - who is best known for playing Olivia Hanan in Sex Education - joined the second series of the cast as Kate Sharma, Anthony's love interest.

Anthony revealed that the show's intimate moments will continue to be shot from the 'female gaze'.

He said a contract was drawn up which details what the stars are not comfortable with showing on-screen.

Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) is Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) new love interest (LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX)

It also details 'which bit of skin' they would be exposing and 'where' and 'how' they would be touched.

"No one goes into a scene quaking, worrying about how it will go — if you are concerned you can talk to them," he added.

"It turns sex scenes into a choreographed dance."

His character is set to be the lead in the show's highly-anticipated second season, which will be released on the streaming service in two weeks on March 25th.

Jonathan - who is said to have come out to his family and friends in his early 20s - recently opened up about how he felt pressured to hide his sexuality so that he could land acting roles acter receiving some advice.

He said sex scenes is less exposing for men (Guy Levy/REX/Shutterstock for BAFTA)
The two had a contract regarding the intimate scenes (David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock for BAFTA)

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During an interview in the latest edition of GQ Hype, the actor said: "There's two things we don't want to know: if you're an alcoholic or if you're gay."

He said that such a comment "ripples through," with him admitting that it weighed on his mind. He said: "Of course, I thought that in order to be happy I needed to be straight."

Jonathan however later decided to put his own happiness before concern for his career, with him no longer afraid to discuss his sexuality in interviews.

The Olivier Award winner said that he "reached a point" where his attitude became "f*** this," with him deciding to prioritise being open over securing projects.

He said: "I'd much prefer to hold my boyfriend's hand in public or be able to put my own face picture on Tinder and not be so concerned about that, than get a part."

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