When Daryl McCormack he told his mom that he got the lead role in the movie Searchlight Pictures “Good luck to you, Leo Grande”, he wasn’t sure what he would tell her first: about the character he played or who his colleague was. “I think I said, ‘I’m playing a sex worker,'” the 29-year-old Irish actor recalled. ‘And she said,’ Oh? ‘ But then I said, ‘But that’s it Emma Thompson – you know, ‘Actually love’. “
In the film “Leo Grande” directed by Sophie Hyde, who bows Hulu On June 17, Thompson plays Nancy, the widow of a teacher who hires a sex worker named Leo (McCormack) to help her achieve her first orgasm.
To prepare for the most intimate sex scenes in the drama, a private rehearsal was arranged in which Hyde, Thompson and McCormack sat in a circle and talked about their bodies and sexuality while also slowly taking off pieces of clothing. “I remember at one point the three of us were standing naked in a room and Emma just said,‘ I feel like we’re all holding something bigger here. It really seems that we are destined to tell this story somehow, ‘McCormack recalls. “And what seemed so significant was that the three of us had to embark on a journey as far as our bodies were concerned, as far as our sexuality was concerned, as far as all that was concerned, within ourselves, and to give a little justice to this film. ”
McCormack, who plays Isaiah Jesus in “Peaky Blinders,” is working on filming for Sharon Horgan’s upcoming unnamed Apple TV + series before heading to Germany to film “The Tutor” with Julie Delpy and Richard E. Grant.
“I told my therapist many months ago that I really want to grow in terms of my career, personality and responsibilities. I want to go into those spaces and be able to survive, ”says McCormack. “She said, ‘I think you’re learning things that will help you hold on to such responsibilities.’ And just today we sat down, and I thought, ‘Remember when I asked for those things? I think they are happening now. “
When you first got the script, did you know that Emma plays Nancy? I did. And then I started reading the script, but after about 10 pages, I thought I was just quickly scanning the rest of this script because I have a feeling that there won’t be many other people in this film. And then it occurred to me – there’s really no one else in this movie but Leo and Nancy. There were two scenes I had to shoot. I think I met Sophie the next day and she asked me, “Are you free to meet Emma this weekend?” So the next day I went to Emma’s in London.
Did you go to her house? Yes. She was in the front garden, and I said, “Emma, I’m so sorry, but before we go, can I use your bathroom?” Because I really had to use the bathroom. She said, “Of course, love, it’s under the stairs.” And among them were two Oscars, just sitting on the toilet.
How important was the intimacy coordinator during the filming? We didn’t have it. We actually did it ourselves. Intimacy coordinators are really important, their work is so valuable and so useful and necessary, but at the same time we were able to reach out to each other and say, “What do you think will best serve our relationship with this?” And we just discovered that out of safety and from a relationship we’ve already found.It was really exciting for us to build it ourselves with the director.