Kaya: Don't expect sex scenes with Billie and me
Kaya Scodelario has revealed there are no sex scenes between her and Billie Piper in the upcoming BBC drama Love Life (opens in new tab). Billie is set to play a teacher who develops feelings for a female pupil, portrayed by the Wuthering Heights star, in Dominic Savage's five-episode BBC One series, which co-stars David Tennant and Lacey Turner, which will screen in 2012. "I think the main focus of the programme is to put these two women in a situation... and understand the connection and emotions without it being a sexual thing. There are no sexual scenes," she said. "And I hope people can watch it and understand that genuinely, and not just think, 'Oh she's getting it off with Billie Piper'. Which obviously they will think, because I did too!" Kaya - who also appeared on E4 series Skins - praised her co-star, saying: "Working with Billie was really, really good. It was scary taking on that role, having to have an emotion with a woman like that. "The whole idea of love and relationships is my favourite thing to do on camera. So it was great to push it a step further and do it with a woman." However, the 19-year-old, who has had no formal acting training, found the improvisation tough. "Not one word was written down on paper. It's terrifying, until you find a natural rhythm," she admitted. "Everybody was nervous about it, so I wasn't the only one. I think David Tennant had a panic attack before his first day because he didn't know what to say!"
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