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The White Lotus Star Leo Woodall Was 'Nervous' To Shoot That Shocking Sex Scene

The British actor took time to "digest" that surprising twist.
  • Haley Lu Richardson and Leo Woodall in The White Lotus. (Photo: HBO)
    Haley Lu Richardson and Leo Woodall in The White Lotus. (Photo: HBO)

    Spoilers for the most recent episode of The White Lotus are mentioned below

    Viewers weren't the only ones stunned by this week's shocking White Lotus sex scene.

    British actor Leo Woodall told Vulture he knew he'd have a "rumble and tumble with a couple of characters", but when he learned he'd be sharing an intimate scene with Tom Hollander, he "just had about ten seconds of silence, digesting it." 

    Woodall entered the series mid-season as charming Brit Jack, traveling with his Uncle Quentin (Hollander) and serving as an exciting new romantic interest for Haley Lu Richardson's Portia. The end of Episode 5 saw Tanya (Jennifer Coolidge) discover Jack and his "uncle" in flagrante, only further complicating matters. 

    "Tom and I were both a bit nervous," Woodall admitted. "But [creator] Mike White was very light about everything, especially on the day. We were filming other things before, and he was like, '… Are you ready?' We had a really good intimacy coordinator, took it seriously, but also had fun with it. Definitely a bonding moment."

    The White Lotus airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO and is streaming on HBO Max.

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    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: The White Lotus, HBO, Haley Lu Richardson, Leo Woodall, Mike White, Tom Hollander