Queen Sugar Helping Oprah Explore Her Sensual Side
Stedman might want to get the Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay ready. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ms. Winfrey revealed that sex scenes being shot for the upcoming OWN show Queen Sugar are hot and heavy and she’s taking notes.
Creator Ava Duvernay explains that she normally shoots scenes in a very prudish, restrained way, with more focus on the before and after than the actual “during”:
“I try to show what happens before and after and around, because I think that’s sexier.”
Whatever Duvernay is doing, Winfrey says it’s working and she talked about exactly what happened when she and friend Gayle King watched the first few episodes of the show:
“Her sex scenes look damn sexy.”
“You want to be that person. It hits a sensual nerve. He is unhooking her bra, and you’re like, woah! I’m like, ‘I’m going to get Stedman [Graham] to unhook my bra and see what happens. Put your hand in my panty hose and let’s see what happens.’”
Winfrey also spoke of one particular scene where Charley Bordelon West played by Dawn-Lyen Gardner has an intimate moment with her husband Davis West played by Timon Kyle Durrett poolside overlooking the city of Los Angeles. The scene involves Durrett picking Gardner up from the sofa effortlessly, a scene that took a considerable amount of tweaking on Duvernay’s part:
“We did that scene five times,” she explains. “I said, ‘I want this to be effortless, like she is as light as a feather.’”
Her attention to detail was clearly appreciated by King, whom Winfrey recalls saying, “God, I wish somebody would pick me up like that,” to which Winfrey joked about Stedman, “He’d probably hurt his back and fall into the pool. And that would ruin the scene.”
OK, so maybe Stedman should get the Chardonnay and Bengay ready. Either way if the scenes from Queen Sugar have Oprah ready to give Stedman a little something sweet, we’re completely here for the show which has a two-night premiere on September 6 and 7.