Olivia Colman's 'Empire Of Light' intimate scene was awkward

"There was one particular moment when I was astride Micheal in a compromising and slightly embarrassing situation and he said, 'It's my mum's birthday today.' When he said she was 43, I was like, 'Okay, stop talking!'" she said on the New Year's Eve special of 'The Graham Norton Show'.

Actress Olivia Colman recalled a "slightly embarrassing situation" while shooting a sex scene with Micheal Ward.

The 48-year-old star admitted to feeling awkward when she and her 'Empire of Light' co-star, 25, chatted while she was straddling him and discovered he has a mother, who is five years younger than Colman, reports aceshowbiz.com.

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"There was one particular moment when I was astride Micheal in a compromising and slightly embarrassing situation and he said, 'It's my mum's birthday today.' When he said she was 43, I was like, 'Okay, stop talking!'" she said on the New Year's Eve special of 'The Graham Norton Show'.

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Olivia, who played Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's 'The Crown', was director Sam Mendes' first choice for the role of Hilary Small in the 2022 British romantic drama. She said: "Apparently it was. But Sam is so nice he would say that anyway."

"He was watching 'The Crown' at the time and thought of me. We had a Zoom conversation during lockdown and I said 'okay, yes' before I even knew what it was. It is an incredible accolade for him to write something for me," Colman quipped.

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"It was an amazing part, thank God - can you imagine if it had been rubbish!"

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Micheal was blown away by how nice Olivia is and "learnt so much" from her.

He said: "It was an amazing experience. It was incredible just to share the same space. I learnt so much about being a real person - everyone had a real sense of humanity. If Olivia had been rude, I might have thought that's how I need to be to reach a certain level of success but the fact that she is so lovely showed me I can be a good person and still be successful."

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