Bobbi (Sasha Lane), Frances (Alison Oliver) and Melissa (Jemima Kirke) enjoyed a dip in the sea together (Picture: BBC/Element Pictures/Enda Bowe)
**Warning: Contains spoilers for Conversations With Friends**
Conversations With Friends actress Jemima Kirke, who plays Melissa in the series, revealed she didn’t have quite the same love for sea-swimming as her character.
The 12-part series landed on BBC iPlayer today, and is the second TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novels, after Normal People in 2020.
It tells the story from the perspective of Frances (Alison Oliver), a 21-year-old student, who – along with her best friend and ex-girlfriend Bobbi (Sasha Lane) – crosses paths with a couple who will have a huge impact on their lives.
The couple in question, Nick (Joe Alwyn) and Melissa (Kirke) are extremely accomplished in their fields and have a big social circle of friends.
But they both end up straying with Frances falling deeply for Nick, whilst Bobbi and Melissa share a flirtation.
Melissa gets the friends involved in their lives early on after meeting, inviting them over to the couple’s beautiful home on the seafront. This led to one particularly notable scene, where the journalist takes Bobbi and Frances swimming in the Irish Sea.
Jemima found the scenes incredibly difficult (Picture: BBC/Element Pictures/Enda Bowe)
But the cast recently revealed it was ‘freezing’ and was also something Jemima really didn’t want to do.
Chatting at the premiere of the series earlier this month, Jemima admitted she became ‘obsessed’ with knowing she’d have to swim in the sea, and not in a good way.
Bobbi actress Sasha began: ‘[The sea] was freezing and people told us, “Oh, it’s good for you and good for your muscles and your energy,” and you go in for 30 seconds or a minute, but we’re filming. That means Lenny [Abrahamson, director] said, “Can you give me 10 more minutes?”
‘I was doggy paddling, I can’t last that long!’
The Sex Education star weighed in with just how in her head she got about the scene, sharing: ‘It was something I was obsessed with? When we started shooting, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, we were gonna be doing this
‘I had questions every day. “When does it start? Are we really gonna do it. Maybe it’s going to get cut? Will we wear wetsuits?”
‘No wetsuits, no nothing, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,’ she admitted.
Melissa and Bobbi enjoy a flirtation (Picture: BBC/Element Pictures/Hulu/Enda Bowe)
She went on to explain how the three women had to carry out ‘practice’ sessions to check they could swim in the Northern Irish capital.
‘What really added insult to injury was a week or two before we were asked to practice right and to go into the water in Belfast which was worse. It wasn’t practice, it was to see if we could swim. I just thought, …read more
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