Yael Stone’s doing Australia proud in the lesbian sex scene department. Real proud.
The 28-year-old Aussie actress – who is currently starring in one of the most exciting TV series on the planet right now. Orange is the New Black is set in a women’s prison and yeah, let’s just say the inmates drop the soap in the shower a lot.
Yael plays a brash but sweet prisoner known as “Morello,” for which she had to learn to do a New Jersey accent. It’s the gig of a lifetime. She was originally supposed to be a very small part in the first season, but she was so brilliant they kept writing her back in. (If you haven’t seen Yael as Morello, what are you even doing with your life? Get on it.)
In Yael’s career, she’s done a lot of sex scenes. We knew that just from watching OITNB. But what we didn’t realise until today was that, when she was much younger, Yael was still a virgin when she had to perform in a sex scene with a much older man.
Yeah, let that sink in for a second, because it’s astounding.
“I’ve never said this, but I did my first sex scene before I’d actually had sex in real life,” Yael told HuffPo Live.
“It was a leap of imaginative faith. A lot of times we create roles and they’re experiences we haven’t had but we have to imagine it. I happened to do that as a young 15-year-old person.”
Imagine what that would be like for a second, then let Yael explain it herself:
If you can’t watch the whole segment, Yael said some really lovely things about sex, fame, and her starring role as Lorna Morello.
“The sex scenes are also a privilege, and we have to see it that way. If it’s written by great people — these people that write the show are really smart, we can trust them — I do feel like those scenes are really necessary,” she said. “It’s a big part of [prison] life. It’s a big part of our lives as human beings.
[It’s great] to be able to go into those private moments and try and be authentic with that, rather than some arched back, like wild orgasms. What are the awkward moments? What are the moments when you’re like, ‘You know what, I kind of don’t want to do this anymore’? That’s what I’m interested in. We are very much people; we are very much women — real women.”
She is also very much a star. Very much one of the most sensationally talented Australians currently working as an actress.