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Ruth Wilson: Women aren't for titillation

Ruth Wilson finds it amusing to hear who she's romantically linked to and keeps her love life private to protect those she's with.

The British actress sheds her clothes on numerous occasions in TV show The Affair, in which she plays married waitress Alison Bailey who has an affair with teacher Noah Solloway (Dominic West).

It's received rave reviews in the US, winning best drama series and a best actress gong for Ruth at this year's Golden Globes. She understands the sex scenes are a big part of the storyline because they're necessary for the relationship between the characters, but insists they're no more important than the rest of the plot.

And when it comes to the bigger picture of how intimate moments are portrayed on screen, Ruth thinks the methods are unjust.

“I have a big concern about how women are treated in the industry generally, and how they have to provide the titillation because penises can’t be seen on screen but breasts can. It’s assumed that women will get their breasts out, and have to get their breasts out, and I balk at that," she sighed to The Edit. "It’s unnecessary and it’s unfair. So I kept insisting, ‘Why have I always got to do the orgasm face? There should be a male orgasm face. Why is it always the woman who’s orgasming? Let’s analyse the male orgasm. Why aren’t we thinking about that a bit more?’ It’s hard to make good sex scenes work – there are so many c**p ones out there.”

While The Affair isn't out in the star's home country yet, she'll flee when it is as she finds the prospect of watching it with her family "vulnerable".

She's been lucky enough to work opposite some Hollywood heartthrobs during her career, such as Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger and Jake Gyllenhaal on stage in their current Broadway production Constellations. The pair have been linked and were reportedly spotted smooching after the Globes earlier this month, but Ruth finds the attention surrounding her love life bizarre.

“They link me to everyone I work with. And that’s because no one knows about my private life, because I don’t tell anyone about my private life. I don’t think it’s important, and also, I want to protect the people that I am with. Why tell people about it?" she mused. "It’s not interesting to me. I transform from role to role because you don’t know much about me. The more you’re seen as one character, the more [writers] start writing for you as one character, and you expose yourself. It’s quite dangerous for an actor. You want to remain anonymous.”

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