Scottish actor Dougray Scott
had a tough time filming one scene in his new TV mini-series The Diplomat
- he had to photograph his real-life wife lying dead in a coffin.
Actress Claire Forlani
plays the actor's ex-wife in the series, and neither could imagine what type of torture the funeral scene would be - until the day came to shoot it.
Scott explains, "It was eerie. My character has to take a picture of his ex on his cellphone as she's lying dead in a coffin.
"It was a little bit strange to see your own wife lying in a coffin. It's not one of the most comfortable things. It was pretty surreal.
"And I don't think she wanted to stay in that coffin very long, that's for sure! At least it wasn't a completely closed coffin. I think that would've freaked her out even more."
It was the first time the real-life couple, who wed in 2007, had worked together, and Scott admits the shoot, though tough at times, was like an extended honeymoon.
He tells WENN, "It was a year after the wedding and it was great spending time together, especially when you're on the other side of the world in Australia, where we shot the movie. It's not easy to commute, so it was good.
"I'd never acted with her before and the good thing about acting with someone you know well is there is a sense of trust there already, which obviously is very good for filming. It can happen that married couples have no chemistry but there was an energy there between us.
"I'd love to work with her again. She is wonderful."The Diplomat
debuts in America at the end of January.