25 March 2014 12:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sex was on the brain during Monday night’s Paleyfest panel at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, where Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” stars Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears and Annaleigh Ashford riffed on such titillating topics as the meaning of love, on-camera copulation, and the 2009 Thomas Maier biography upon which the show is based.

Buzzfeed’s senior entertainment editor Jarett Wieselman moderated the spirited discussion.

“We were looking for ferocious intelligence and people who had an unconventional bent to their work and to the roles that they had chosen,” explained series exec producer Michelle Ashford of casting Sheen as famed 1950’s Ob/Gyn William H. Masters and Caplan as Virginia Johnson, a lounge singer-turned-secretary-turned-pioneering sexologist.

“I was leaning toward more comedic roles because I thought that was all I was going to get, but that’s not what I sought out to do as an actress,” Caplan »

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