Poldark’s leading lady, Eleanor Tomlinson, has revealed that she refuses to do nude scenes for the BBC show because she is scared her image will end up on the internet.
The actor, 25, is worried that people will ‘pause and screenshot’ nude images of her before sharing them instead of focusing on her acting skills.
Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: ‘You can pause and screenshot and suddenly your performance goes out of the window.
‘It becomes about this one sex scene that involved full-frontal nudity and it’s all anyone talks about.’
But the actress, who plays Demelza Poldark in the hit BBC One costume drama, won’t completely rule out on-screen nudity.
‘I’m not going to say “never”,’ she continued. ‘If an incredible role came along in which nudity was really important, then I would consider it.’
It’s not the first time that Eleanor has spoken about her discomfort with stripping down for love scenes.
In April 2015, in an interview with The Times, she criticised what she called the expectation of women to film nude scenes in TV and film.
‘I don’t do nudity, I don’t feel the need to do it. In fact it’s sexier if you don’t do nudity. Especially nowadays when it’s become all that sells a series,’ she stated.
‘Poldark has proven that you don’t need nudity to convey a sexual relationship. It can be something as simple as the hair on the back of my neck moving as he’s kissing me. It’s the tiny things that get you hot under the collar.’
Meanwhile, Aidan Turner, who plays Demelza’s on-screen husband Ross Poldark, has revealed that despite his legions of fans, he will be keeping his kit on during the show’s third series.
Aidan, 33, says the only time fans will see his torso in the new series is when he’s, ahem, asleep.
‘Am I keeping my clothes on? I think the clothes stay on this year. Maybe there’s some topless sleeping. I swear to God I can’t remember, the clothes come on and off.’
In September last year, Eleanor revealed that co-star Aidan was shy and embarrassed about his sex symbol status.
‘It’s hilarious,’ Eleanor says of their sex scenes, explaining: ‘They say it’s a closed set but there’s still 25 people you’ve never met filming while you’re standing in a beige bra.’
However, she implied she deals with the scenes better than her co-star – explaining that Aidan struggles with the sex symbol status that has been thrown onto him due to his topless scything scenes.
‘He’s such a lovely person I think he’s a bit shy and he finds it a bit embarrassing. He’s a brilliant actor,’ Eleanor said.