On stage or on a set, two actors performing an intimate scene can negotiate the scene and their characters’ intimate relationship together naturally. But for Cockle, this intimacy and Geralt’s responses had to be imagined and simulated on his own. According to him, “When you’re doing it in the booth there’s a different kind of awkwardness, because it is a bit like masturbation, you’re being caught masturbating. Do you know what I mean?”


He went on to liken the dramatic work to “having a good old wank and in walks your mum.” And given the amount of sex scenes in The Witcher series, especially the most recent game, Cockle was getting walked in on a lot.