A Behind the Scenes Look At Showtime’s Masters Of Sex

Aedan Juvet
Senior Staff Writer

Popwrapped was recently invited to the set of the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Masters of Sex coinciding with the show’s DVD and Blu-ray release.

The show tells the story of William Masters and Virginia Johnson whose dedication to the study of sex sparked a “sexual revolution.” As an extreme fan of the 50’s based sexually charged drama, I felt immediately overjoyed at the chance to attend. From the moment I stepped on the mesmerizing Sony Pictures lot, I was welcomed by every staff member that I managed to come into contact with, and any nerves I felt depleted almost instantly.

Courtesy of Aedan Juvet/Popwrapped
Courtesy of Aedan Juvet/Popwrapped

I was fortunate enough to be taken on a tour and shown the beautifully crafted sets, with such detail specific designs and carefully selected color schemes that made the set come alive. As you wander the rooms, you begin to realize how every detail is thought out from Dr. Masters’ fine collection of liquor, the elaborate kitchen setup with every necessity, to the simply gorgeous medical set with bright fixtures and a polished appearance. Major kudos go to the set designers who clearly went above and beyond creating such a perfect aesthetic.

Courtesy of Aedan Juvet/PopWrapped
Courtesy of Aedan Juvet/PopWrapped

As the day progressed we were given the opportunity to watch the immensely talented work of Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen while filming during the evening, who were clear professionals once the camera started rolling. In between takes, which they hit every single scene flawlessly I might add, they could still enjoy joking around with each other and the massive crew showing how light the environment could be on set.

Aedan on set! Courtesy of Aedan Juvet/PopWrapped
Aedan on set! Courtesy of Aedan Juvet/PopWrapped

I found myself constantly soaking in the atmosphere of the gifted and hardworking people who make the drama series possible on a daily basis, that can take up to 5 months to film. By the time my day on the set had ended, I had an even greater appreciation for the series which was already so prominent in my eyes, I didn’t think I could enjoy it anymore than I already had. If you ever have any doubt regarding the series, disregard those notions immediately. This is a must see series that is well crafted in every aspect possible and deserves every single accolade it has achieved which include multiple Critics Choice Award nominations along with nominations for Best Drama Series and Best Actor at the 71st Golden Globes.

The first season of Masters Of Sex is on DVD and Blu-ray NOW, make sure to check it out along with the many special features included like behind the scenes footage, and exclusive interviews with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, as the dive into the characters they portray with new insight.

Check out the official list of included perks and bonus features when you buy your copy of the first season:

DVD Special Features:
-Commentary on the Pilot episode with Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears, Michelle Ashford & Sarah Timberman

– Three All-New Featurettes:
o Making Masters of Sex – A behind-the-scenes exploration on the creation of the series – from inception through production.
o A Masterful Portrayal: Michael Sheen as Dr. Masters – Celebrated actor Michael Sheen discusses why he found Masters such a great character to portray, what he learned during his research into the role, and what the greatest challenges were in portraying Dr. Masters.
o Ahead of Her Time: Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson — Lizzy speaks in depth about her research for the role and the
secret to playing opposite a ‘master’ like Michael Sheen.

Deleted Scenes:
Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features:

– All Bonus Content Included on the DVD, Plus Two Additional, Exclusive Featurettres:
o The Real Masters: A Conversation with Thomas Maier –Masters of Sex is based upon the biography of Masters and Johnson by acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier. In this featurette, Maier shares some of the most amazing discoveries he made about the lives of Masters and Johnson while researching them for his book. Maier also talks about the extraordinary influence that Masters and Johnson have had on American culture in general.
o Surprising Facts About Sex: The Masters’ Great Discoveries—In Masters of Sex, Masters and Johnson embark upon years of deep scientific research into human sexual behavior. This featurette reviews some of the most surprising and shocking discoveries they made about sex.

Make sure to pick up season one before the all new second season begins this summer! I promise that you will not be disappointed.

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