Married couple America Ferrara and Ryan Piers Williams star in X/Y premiering at The Tribeca Film Festival. The film bravely depicts sex scenes shot so tastefully you don't even see a butt cheek or a breast. Ryan tells host Robin Milling he had to convince his own mother he wasn't making a o, but rather implying the visuals for a stronger impact. America says her sister came away with the impact of the journey far more than, 'I can't believe I had to watch my sister and her husband make love!'
Putting themselves out there on the big screen as a married couple, Ryan wanted to make sure the scenes were shot in a tasteful way that got to the heart of the emotion. America adds, 'Sometimes a hand touching a curve on your back is the most intimate thing you can experience. Of course as an actor I appreciated that Ryan didn't get gratuitous with the sex!' And being directed by your husband making out with Common in a bathroom stall can be a little awkward but professionalism always came first. Ryan says it's intense directing your wife in a sex scene with someone and being in a sex scene yourself but it was his job to make everyone feel comfortable to get the best results.
Ryan and America who make their home in New York took advantage of their daily Bikram yoga and Soul Cycle spin class routines for the film as well as using those locations where they work out. Ryan also wants to remind New Yorkers that Far Rockaway is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, using those beaches for the surfing scenes.
They discuss the trajectory of their relationship from dating, engagement to marriage and how that has impacted their work together, telling Robin their mutual respect and championing of each other creatively and pushing each other's boundaries is what makes the balance work.