Actor Andrew Rannells, known for his role on Broadway in The Book of Mormon and in shows like Black Monday, just made a startling revelation: he and his boyfriend, actor Tuc Watkins, shot sex scenes together for the latter show.
In an interview with Seth Meyers, Rannells detailed the delight of having his real-life boyfriend, Watkins, land a job as his character’s boyfriend on the Showtime series.
“Having done [sex scenes with costars, and with a real-life boyfriend], I can say that the anxiety is a new kind of anxiety,” Rannells said. “On Girls I had to do a handful of sex scenes, a few with Corey Stoll who’s fantastic, but we didn’t really know each other, so that was awkward.”
“With Tuc,” Rannells continued, “it was very easy to block it and get into it but then when it came time to actually filming it all of a sudden I had this realization that I was surrounded by the crew who have now become friends of mine. I thought, I wonder if they’re thinking, ‘So that’s what it looks like, that’s what they do at home, that’s how they touch each other!’ So then I got weirdly self-conscious in a different way. But all that said, it was much easier to do it with somebody [you’re intimate with].”
Black Monday follows a group of stockbrokers–including a closet case, played by Rannells–and their fraternity-like world in the build-up to October 19, 1987, “Black Monday,” the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history. Production on the second season of the show stalled due to COVID-19, though episodes have resumed filming this month. New episodes return to Showtime June 28.