Here’s How Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Feel About Their Sex Scenes in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan’s onscreen romp in Fifty Shades of Grey may have been a little awkward, but the two co-stars are promising more passion in the follow-up to the erotic drama.

While attending the Fifty Shades Darker premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday (Feb. 2, 2017), Johnson and Dornan explained to the press why it was easier for them to film their sex scenes this time around.

“I was only cast five weeks before we started filming the first movie, and that’s when I met Dakota for the first time,” Doran told Entertainment Tonight. “[Now] it’s been three years, [and] Dakota and I are very close.”

“We’ve got a great sort of love and respect for each other,” he continued. “We’re great friends and I think that makes it easier, you know? So it’s definitely more comfortable.”

Although Johnson still refuses to let her parents — Miami Vice star Don Johnson and Oscar-nominated actress Melanie Griffith — watch her intimate scenes up on the silver screen, she admits she’s no longer afraid of stripping down and stimulating sex for the camera.

“It never gets [easy], but because we’ve become so close it was a lot easier to make [the scenes] special,” she said, adding that it “was definitely not as petrifying as the first time.”

As for how the two prepare for those moments, the actress joked, “Shot of whiskey [and] mints. He does pushups and I just lay there and drink whiskey.”