We finally got to meet the infamous younger version of Cheryl West on the hit series Westside this week, and there has been much talk about the risque sex scenes Ashleigh Cummings (Cheryl) and Reef Ireland (Wolf) had to perform.
It’s all part of the job according to the 24-year-olds who have previously worked on other shows including Australian series Puberty Blues and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. So New Zealand’s most romantic love story may have started with a bonk in a West Auckland dairy, but it’s not the first time the actors have had TV sex together.
“The dairy scene was actually the very first scene Ash filmed when she arrived in New Zealand to take on the role,” says Ireland. “But it was about the fourth sex scene we’ve shot together, because we worked on Puberty Blues and have been in plenty of awkward situations before.”
“It was absolutely fine to be honest, and quite amusing, because it felt like deja vu from all the sex scenes we shot in unconventional circumstances on Puberty Blues,” Cummings told Spy.
“It was probably more confronting for the crew because I hadn’t met any of them before that scene and we were running so behind I didn’t even get to properly introduce myself until after we’d wrapped!”
Ireland is now looking forward to returning to New Zealand at the end of the year to film the fourth series of the show. Based in Melbourne, he has the full support of his long-time girlfriend, Bec Keen, for his rather unconventional work situation.
“Bec’s a smart girl so I think she anticipated the possibility of sex scenes prior to dating me. She’s been pretty lax about it all and she’s met Ashleigh before and took a real warming to her, I think she just accepts it as part of the gig.”
It’s a fair bet to say that Cummings’ boyfriend, Melbourne based actor Aaron Jakubenko, has got used to the on-screen romps of Ireland and Cummings too.