Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti Shared the Challenges of Filming Intimate Scenes on 'You'

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Netflix drama You recently released its third season, with Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti playing Joe and Love Quinn-Goldberg after getting married, moving to the suburbs, and becoming new parents to their son Henry.

Though the actors have played a couple all throughout season two, this new filming experience provided a host of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Pedretti explains that filming intimate scenes with each other was difficult initially in terms of their safety. She said: "This is not a show where you can be like, 'Nobody's going to kiss. It'll be fine.' So it took months to figure out how to do it safely."

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"I felt very lucky that they start off their relationship at odds with each other, navigating the awkwardness of being new parents, because it felt strange to be physically intimate very early on, even though we're supposed to be a married couple," she continues.

Luckily, Pedretti began to feel more comfortable as time went on: "It's weird. We have a rapport. We played a couple before, but it didn't just immediately come back after being in a global pandemic."

Badgley felt the same. "It's really true, the implications of all that stuff was really felt," he added.

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Showrunner Sera Gamble told Entertainment Weekly that they "were really lucky" to be able to do the show the way they wanted, with Badgley adding: "There were significant rewrites throughout the whole season to try and negotiate around these scenes that would require a lot of people."

The show will be returning for season four, with fans desperate to know what will happen to Joe after the shocking twist ending. Gamble told Collider: "The story from here, if we get to tell it, is about how he gets any of [that loss] back or how he finds something else."

She added that he has a "hole in his heart" and that we will have to wait and see what will fill it while exploring his "baggage."

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