Conversations With Friends star Alison Oliver Reveals How Taylor Swift Felt About Boyfriend Joe Alwyn’s Sex Scenes

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The TV adaption of Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends has been highly anticipated for quite a while now. And for good reason, as her last TV adaption, Normal People, received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, while making waves for it’s steamy sex scenes. Naturally fans wanted to know if it’s successor would live up to it’s hype.

And…it definitely will, as both the cast and crew have been open about how many hot scenes we can expect from Conversations With Friends. Now Alison Oliver, who plays the leading role, is speaking about her sex scenes but from a different perspective…the one of her on-screen lover’s IRL girlfriend.

Alison starred opposite Joe Alwyn, who has been going out with Taylor Swift since 2016.

While most people would probably find the situation extremely awkward especially since Taylor was on set with them, Cork native Alison revealed to The Sunday Times, that the singer was “totally cool.”

Explaining, “Taylor Swift understood the sex scenes were part of Joe Alwyn’s job”


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It’s brilliant that Taylor was so relaxed about Joe and Alison steamy storylines, as Ali is actually a massive fan of the American songstress.

The actress revealed that when she was growing up, she loved to play Taylor’s songs on her guitar, which made the whole experience on set very surreal for her.

But still everyone kept things very professional. As the 24-year-old explained, “I learnt a lot filming those scenes,”

“They give you intimacy garments, like skin-coloured knickers, and you can ask for pads and stuff to protect you and create distance between the other person. It’s approached like a stunt — you are creating an illusion.”

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Although they still managed to find the humour in the situation, as Alison confessed, “The director, Lenny Abrahamson, let us be silly. He would say, ‘Let’s get the giggles out.’”

Conversations With Friends will be premiering on RTÉ One and the RTÉ Player on Wednesday the 18th of May at 9.35pm.

The story follows Frances (Alison), a 21-year-old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships, including an affair with married man Nick (Joe), that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

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