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Dominic West has shared that Ruth Wilson was 'absolutely right' when she detailed how she had to 'protect herself' while filming The Affair.

The actress previously starred on the showtime drama from 2014 to 2018, but reportedly quit the show over the number of gratuitous sex scenes she had to film.

In later years Ruth stated that there was a time on set when 'things didn't feel quite right,' but she did 'speak up', and in 2022 said she wished the show had hired an intimacy co-ordinator to navigate her 'awkward' sex scenes.

Speaking to The Sunday Times' Culture Magazine, Dominc was hesitant to share his thoughts on Ruth's comments.

He said: 'Um... we... we talked a lot about it and I suppose I did experience it. I don't really like talking about it but... yeah, everything Ruth has said is absolutely right.'

Dominic West has shared that Ruth Wilson was 'absolutely right' when she detailed how she had to 'protect herself' while filming The Affair (pictured on the show)

Dominic West has shared that Ruth Wilson was 'absolutely right' when she detailed how she had to 'protect herself' while filming The Affair (pictured on the show)

It was claimed in 2019 that Ruth, who earned a Golden Globe for her role as Alison Lockhart, abrupt exit was due to her concerns over the amount of gratuitous sex scenes.

It was also alleged that a 'toxic' on set environment saw industry standards about sex scenes ignored, pressured actors to perform nude scenes and then tried to dismiss the issues when complaints arose. Co-creator, Sarah Treem, has denied the claims. 

In a 2020 interview with Stylish Magazine, Ruth admitted that she hadn't 'worked out' how to discuss her time or abrupt exit from The Affair.

The actress also claimed that it was 'important' for people to know that she did 'speak up' and 'protect' herself.

Ruth told the publication: 'The reason I haven't gone into The Affair is that I haven't worked out how to discuss it. There's a lot of noise and anger surrounding it, and really the power rests with me to choose how I discuss my life and my experiences.

'What's important to say is that I did speak up. I did have a voice. I did stand up for myself. There was a situation on The Affair where things didn't feel right, and I dealt with them, and I managed to protect myself.'

She added: 'It was before #MeToo and before Harvey Weinstein - and yet my instincts were very clear and strong about what I felt was wrong, about what was going on, and what I didn't feel safe about.' 

In 2022, Ruth then stated that she wished there had been an intimacy co-ordinator on set, after previously hitting out at the number of nude shots she was required to film.

The actress previously starred on the showtime drama from 2014 to 2018, but reportedly quit the show over the number of gratuitous sex scenes she had to film

The actress previously starred on the showtime drama from 2014 to 2018, but reportedly quit the show over the number of gratuitous sex scenes she had to film

In later years Ruth stated that there was a time on set when 'things didn't feel quite right,' but she did 'speak up', and in 2022 said she wished the show had hired an intimacy co-ordinator

In later years Ruth stated that there was a time on set when 'things didn't feel quite right,' but she did 'speak up', and in 2022 said she wished the show had hired an intimacy co-ordinator

Speaking to The Sunday Times' Culture Magazine , Dominc was hesitant to share his thoughts on Ruth's comments

Speaking to The Sunday Times' Culture Magazine , Dominc was hesitant to share his thoughts on Ruth's comments

She has previously praised television and movie bosses for employing intimacy coaches to make 'awkward' and 'exploitative' sex scenes 'scientific'. 

When asked by the Radio Times if having one on The Affair would have made her experience better she said: 'Yes, I think so because people are uncomfortable talking about sex.

'An intimacy co-ordinator can mediate between the actors and the director. If you just leave the actors to get on with it often the camera doesn't get the right shot. At best it feels awkward and at worst…'  

'It's important to have someone you can talk to about your concerns, your worries or limits, things you don't want to show.'

She has previously told The Sunday Times the most difficult part of filming intimate scenes in The Affair was the lack of instruction, saying: 'Since #MeToo... intimacy coaches are really scientific about sex scenes. 

'But before nothing

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