Ruth Wilson is frequently without clothes for her racy sex scenes with Dominic West in this series. In an interview with Edit magazine, Wilson both defended and critiqued the use of females getting naked on the show: "I argue this stuff all the time; that these scenes need to be real and they need to have a narrative as much as any other scene. They can't be purely titillation. They need to move the story forward and the characters forward." Wilson isn't opposed to appearing naked on film, but she won't do it just because it's asked of her: "I have a big concern about how women are treated in the industry generally, and how they have to provide the titillation because penises can't be seen on screen but breasts can. It's assumed that women will get their breasts out, and have to get their breasts out, and I balk at that. It's unnecessary and it's unfair." For Wilson, her role on The Affair can be a double-edged sword, but she is intent on asserting her authority over her naked scenes.
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