I believe Westworld-style sexbots were proposed as a solution. You probably had one of the most chaste robot sex scenes on Westworld...
Simpson: Well, honestly, it was not written that way! It was going to be, "Let's show human-robot love." Evan [Rachel Wood] and I were both relatively naked, and ready to do this scene that was exposing... and there was a creative choice at the last second not to do that. Maybe it was about showing Dolores' first love scene with someone else, or maybe it was about saving human-robot love for a more or less purposeful reason? I'm not exactly sure. But ultimately, our scene comes off that much more romantic. This isn't about exploitation. This isn't about a host body part that a human is just taking advantage of. It seems more like a fairy tale. I would have been up for it, but I do love the way that scene came out.
You would have been up for full-frontal?
Simpson: Yeah! I feel comfortable about any kind of full-frontal, whether it be my own, or any other artist's, based on the material. So if there was something inherent to that, perhaps a fascination on Dolores' part? Of course. I'm definitely not a "everything's for free" kind of guy. I'm not walking around hoping to show off everything. But I would do that for a well-written scene, because it's such a human thing. I think America, in particular, has gotten really skittish about the human body, and it's such a beautiful, and weird, and imperfect, and differently-shaped thing. So yeah, I don't really have a problem with it.
Even though William might have had his heart broken by Dolores, he still has Juliet. Presumably at one point, he loved her -- when they were dating, when they got engaged, when they got married?
Simpson: I think probably most of us have been in that relationship that shouldn't have gone as far as it did. That's what relationships are. It's a contract that sometimes just gets locked in for good, and then you have two people who are barely willing participants. That doesn't take away much, in my opinion, from the loss of true love, of potential love. Juliet became like a fallback plan. Also, it's a horrific thing for a man to do, to have a child [with someone he doesn't love].
Did you talk to Claire Unabia about how she came to play Juliet, and all the fun theories about the stock photo and the photographer who took it?
Simpson: We didn't spend that much time together. She just wanted to be the character. I don't exactly know the story, either. There was this picture, and then the picture worked, and then, "Can the person in the picture do the part? Yeah, they can? Fantastic." That's all I know. [Laughs]