• Billy Porter says his nerves were "frayed" before first nude scene. (Getty Images North America)Source: Getty Images North America
"My nerves are frayed, I’m gonna take a Valium.”
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

9 Aug 2019 - 9:43 AM  UPDATED 9 Aug 2019 - 9:51 AM

Actor, singer and all-round fashion icon Billy Porter has spoken out about the nerves he felt before filming his first ever nude scene for celebrated FX series Pose.

Speaking to reporters and TV critics at the Television Critics Association earlier this week, the Emmy nominee reportedly addressed the scene, which was part of this week's episode, with a mix of humour and deep reflection.

“Listen, listen to me. I got that contract and that contract said ‘Nudity Clause,’ and I literally sat and went, ‘Child, they don’t want to see my black ass'," he said.

"And I signed it, never thinking in a million years that anybody would call me on it."

He continued: "These bitches wrote a script where I show my ass!"

Porter then explained some of the reasons behind his anxiety, which were much more poignant than he first let on.

"I have spent my entire career never having been an object of anyone’s affection in anything–until now," he explained.

"I had my first kiss – my first romantic kiss – in anything ever in my life, last season in Episode 8. So, to be turning 50 on September 21, and having a very loving, connected sex scene is sort of blowing my mind."

He added: "My nerves are frayed, I’m gonna take a Valium.”

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