Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Toni Collette will soon add a brand new trophy to her mantle: As the first woman to have an orgasm onscreen for the BBC. The actress plays opposite Steven Mackintosh as therapist Joy Richards in the new BBC drama “Wanderlust,” which airs on September 4 and follows a couple navigating opening up their marriage. In an interview with Radio Times, Collette revealed that although she only recently became aware of the milestone, she was honored to be the person ushering the U.K. broadcaster into the 21st century.
“Someone told me I was the first woman to have an orgasm on the BBC… and I’m happy to take the accolade,” said Collette. Collette’s casting is a boon for the U.K. broadcaster, and the project’s frank portrayal of a middle-aged woman’s sexuality is partly what drew her to the role. “It’s so honest and fresh in the way the women are portrayed,” she said. “To be a middle-aged woman, to be in a long-term relationship and to be alive, dealing with a lot of things – it’s tough. Certainly a middle-aged woman’s sense of self-esteem, of sexuality, is not often talked about.”
The first episode of the six-episode series opens with a sex scene that gets cut short when Joy’s son walks in on her. The climactic moment occurs later int he episode. “Wanderlust” is a co-production between the BBC and Netflix. The series premieres on September 4.