Matthew Rhys Didn’t Choose Prop Penis for ‘Girls’


Matthew Rhys opted to let production team experts pick out the prosthetic penis he wore for his role in Girls.

The Emmy-nominated actor guest stars as a writer accused of sexual misconduct on the show and during the latest episode, which aired on Sunday (26Feb17), the Welsh actor shared a graphic exchange with Lena Dunham‘s character Hannah.

The scene required the 42-year-old to wear a fake penis, a prop he didn’t feel comfortable selecting himself.

“They kindly offered, and I said, ‘No, thank you. You choose’,” he tells Vulture.

Rhys was spared the extensive search, and producers had to pick out a penis for him to strap on.

“It’s actually very hard to find a not-fully-erect dildo because, usually, they’re fully erect,” Richard Shepard, who directed the episode, notes. “What we wanted was a three-quarters-erect penis. It’s actually much harder to find. We ended up getting it from a medical supply company for people who have surgery – gender-reassignment surgery or other surgeries – and they make these semi-erect penises.”

Matthew approved the faux penis before filming began, recalling, “I said, ‘That’s fine, thank you. That’s the one I’ll use’. It wasn’t the one used by Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights,” he joked. “No. Clearly not. That one is far larger!”

Rhys is no stranger to on-screen sex scenes and often shares steamy moments with co-star and real-life girlfriend Keri Russell on the spy drama The Americans.

The pair, who began dating in 2014, welcomed son Sam last May (16).

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