Jemima Kirke comments on brother-in-law Penn Badgley demanding an end to the sex scenes

Jemima Kirke has shared her thoughts on actors saying no to sex scenes after her brother-in-law Penn Badgley called for an end to on-screen intimacy.

Badgley, the star of the Netflix thriller series You, announced in February that the reduction in sex scenes in the show’s final season was due to his direct request.

He explains his reasoning in an episode of his podcast: pod crushed, Badgley had said, “Fidelity is important to me in every relationship and especially in my marriage.”

Badgley has been married to Domino Kirke, a singer and younger sister of Jemima, since 2017.

the previous Girl The actress was asked in a recent interview for her opinion on Badgley’s stance on filming intimate scenes.

“I’m not saying I agree with that. But I understand,” she said GQ. “I’ve never dated an actor, but I could imagine it would be difficult to see or know that your spouse is struggling physically with someone else.

“But it’s probably just as hard knowing they’re playing a character who’s madly in love with another character.”

Kirke, 38, went on to say actors’ desire to cut back on sex scenes is likely to “increase” over time.

Jemima Kirke and Penn Badgley


“That doesn’t mean I’m going to share that view of things,” she added. “Because to be honest, that’s never really happened to me. I’ve never done a sex or love scene and come home without being loved or not that attracted to my partner.”

Kirke played Jessa in all six seasons of the comedy series Girlwhich ran from 2012 to 2017. Reflecting on the sex scenes filmed at the time, Kirke admitted the approach was “quite different” than in a post #MeToo landscape.

“We thought that this was our version of feminism at the time, where we put less value on our bodies and don’t see them as something to hide or protect from the male gaze.” And I felt it, I liked it , I agreed. It didn’t match what #MeToo became. It didn’t really catch on,” she explained.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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