Jonathan Bailey Wore His 'Bridgerton' 'Modesty Thong' to a Pub: 'I Was So Traumatized'

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday May 30, 2022
Originally published on May 27, 2022

Jonathan Bailey on "Bridgerton"
Jonathan Bailey on "Bridgerton"   (Source:Netflix)

Sex scenes are difficult, but Jonathan Bailey is a professional ... well at least most of the time. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the "Bridgerton" season 2 star opened up about how unsexy filming sex scenes can be and shared the tricks of the trade.

As swoon-worthy Anthony Bridgerton, Bailey revealed that he gets "bit embarrassed" of filming steamy scenes. For example, during his infamous bathtub scene where he sits brooding, there was a camera between his legs.

"So it was almost like a water birth," says Bailey. "And I remember afterwards, I was so appalled at myself over the day that we had experienced and so confused, because you can't really explain it to anyone."

So appalled that Bailey left the set in a hurry.

He explains, "It was just when the rules changed and you could go meet people outside, so I went to a pub that night and had a pint with my mates."

Then he noticed that he was "chafing a bit."

"When I got up to get the second round," Bailey remembers, "I realized I still had my modesty thong on, because I was so traumatized and I ran so quickly from set that I hadn't even taken off my little pouch. I still have it to this day."


Bailey also dished on what its like to do sex scenes with an intimacy coordinator and the uses of a "half-inflated netball" during lovemaking.

"If there are two people doing a sex scene, the rule is they must have three barriers separating them," he explains. "There are certain acts where a half-inflated netball can allow for movement without having to connect physically."

He added, "It's pretty silly really and we have some hilarious moments, but it makes it less awkward." And more sexy for us watching.

Bailey, who identifies as gay, spoke out before about receiving advice to hide his sexuality and why he decided to go against it.

"I reached a point where I thought, 'Fuck this, I'd much prefer to hold my boyfriend's hand in public or be able to put my own face picture on Tinder and not be so concerned about that than getting a part,'" Bailey said in a GQ interview. "You put your life experiences into [the work]. What's most interesting is not necessarily having to talk about what that is, and keeping a sense of privacy."