Covid-19 has changed sex.
That’s probably one of the most unexpected revelations from the cast of the hilarious romcom anthology series, Love Life.
Season 2 was produced in the thick of the pandemic and the on-screen blazing-hot romance for which the series is known had to be approached differently.
The sex scenes look natural, but they weren’t easy to shoot, confessed William Jackson Harper, who plays the role of confused-as-ever Marcus Watkins, a 30-something, freshly divorced book editor.
“Those things are always nerve-wracking for everybody. You don’t just go for it. You get very clear consent with every single move,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Thankfully our intimacy coordinator, Olivia Troy, was very clear about how everything happened, how it had to look, and we locked in with each other and then would joke in between – because it’s awkward having play sex! I mean, that’s just a weird thing to do at work,” he quips.
In the new season, forced to rediscover his identity as a single Black man in New York, Marcus must learn to find love again.
Bring their superstar power are Jessica Williams (The Daily Show, 2 Dope Queens, Booksmart), Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Mosquito Coast) and Blair Underwood (L.A. Law, Dear White People, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), along with the likes of Teen Choice nominee Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) and Emmy nominee Janet Hubert (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Vivian Banks).
Also look out for Sasha Spielberg (director Steven Spielberg’s daughter) as Lauren, and keep your ears open for the voice of three-time Emmy winner Keith David (Greenleaf, Community and the voice of The Princess and the Frog’s iconic Dr. Facilier) as the narrator this season.
Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air), who headlined Season 1, guest stars and once again co-executive produces Season 2 along with William ((The Good Place, Midsommar, The Underground Railroad)) and Paul Feig (Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Bridesmaids, The Office).
With a star-studded cast and compelling plot twists and themes, season 2 has garnered a 93% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, in spite of the challenges posed by filming during Covid-19.“The pandemic affected everybody,” William told Deadline.
“For a lot of people, this past year and a half has given us a lot of time to be with ourselves. Many of us are figuring out what we’re all about and what’s important to us . . . That’s something that plays pretty heavily into this season.”
For its realness, the new season has received high praise.
“It’s a smart showcase for a talented actor who seizes it with both hands, giving the rom-com genre a jolt as welcome as it is overdue,” said Variety, while Salon.com praised the show’s “wonderful writing and a superb cast”, calling the show “an absolute pleasure.”
Thankfully, this is a romcom, so there’s plenty to distract us from the heavy stuff, including the hilarious-in-hindsight, cringey moments we all wish weren’t a part of our own love stories, and, of course, the intimate moments between partners.
Watch both seasons of Love Life first on Showmax.
Check out the trailer below.