NEW GIRL ON CALL

The Girl­friend Ex­pe­ri­ence is a steamy new TV se­ries fea­tur­ing 26-year-old ac­tor Ri­ley Keough, Elvis Pres­ley’s grand­daugh­ter. Marie Claire talks sex scenes and power with her and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Amy Seimetz

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - @PLAY -

What was it like lm­ing those si ling sex scenes? Ri­ley Keough It wasn’t some big deal where it was like, OK, now we’re go­ing to shoot a sex scene! Maybe the rst time was a bit like that when we were try­ing to gauge how ev­ery­one felt about it. Amy Seimet The more frank you can be about it, like, this is just hap­pen­ing, and let’s not make such a big deal about it, while pro­tect­ing the ac­tors, the more com­fort­able it makes ev­ery­thing. Has the show changed how you think about sex and re­la­tion­ships? Ri­ley When you’re shoot­ing some­thing like that ev­ery day, you be­come numb to it. It makes me think, why is sex this pre­cious, hid­den thing? De ne the term girl­friend ex­pe­ri­ence’. Amy The ‘girl­friend ex­pe­ri­ence’ is some­thing that an es­cort would of­fer her clients: ‘I will come for a few hours and act like your girl­friend.’ The ex­pe­ri­ence is a lit­tle longer than a quickie. It’s more than a trans­ac­tion of money – there’s a trans­ac­tion of power, too. Who has the up­per hand? Ri­ley My char­ac­ter, Chris­tine, has the power, be­cause it’s her choice to be there or not. And she’s su­per­ma­nip­u­la­tive and smart. Amy The story is Chris­tine real­is­ing she has so much more power than she thought she had. You can’t make a blan­ket state­ment of who has power in th­ese sit­u­a­tions – trans­ac­tional re­la­tion­ships come with all the com­plex­i­ties that in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships en­tail.

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