Lucifer's Tom Ellis Bares All About Nudist Colony Episode, Getting Naked On Set
Warning: spoilers ahead for Season 4 of Lucifer on Netflix.
Lucifer made its long-awaited return to television on May 8 after being cancelled last spring by Fox and then rescued by Netflix for a fourth season. Releasing on Netflix means that Lucifer can push some boundaries that definitely couldn't have been pushed on network television. Lucifer embraced its new freedom in the fourth season by showing a whole lot more of good old Lucifer and other characters than ever before, especially in a certain episode that saw an investigation take them to a nudist colony.
Awesomely called "Orgy Pants to Work," the episode sees Lucifer, Ella, and Chloe chase a murder investigation to a nudist colony, and two of those three were happier to embrace the naturalist way of life than the other. Lucifer was of course ready to shed his clothes, and it was a bucket list opportunity for Ella, so actors Tom Ellis and Aimee Garcia bared it all. Ellis chatted with CinemaBlend about Season 4, and he shared this about filming the nudist colony sequence:
Lucifer and Ella don't waste any time in shedding their clothes as soon as they arrived at the nudist colony, much to Chloe's dismay. The episode didn't give any full frontal shots of any of the actors appearing in the nudist colony scenes, but there was a shot of both Tom Ellis and Aimee Garcia nude from the back as they walked away from Chloe.
Lucifer avoided showing anything too risqué thanks to some strategically placed objects and pieces of furniture as Lucifer and Ella questioned potential witnesses to a crime, and Aimee Garcia's hair was long enough to provide some coverage for her in the front, so it was a really fun way to embrace the nudist colony lifestyle more explicitly than could have happened on Fox but without getting gratuitous.
As Tom Ellis said, it was reminiscent of a similar scene from Austin Powers, when convenient blocking kept anything too explicit from appearing on screen. Considering the episode's unexpected turn from nudist colony shenanigans and orgies to sex trafficking and a very dark twist for Lucifer by the time the credits rolled, the silliness definitely prevents the episode from feeling too dark and depressing. Lucifer is still Lucifer; it just has the freedom to embrace extremes more.
As viewers know, Lucifer didn't play Ella and Lucifer hanging out together in the buff as anything other than two friends working a case and just so happening to be naked for it. When I noted that the scene was hilariously casual between Lucifer and Ella, Tom Ellis elaborated:
As Lucifer fans who got the show renewed know, Lucifer is naked or at least partly naked fairly often; the camera just conveniently pans away from showing too much. That doesn't mean that Tom Ellis isn't walking around set without much of anything on.
Just as actors have spoken out about how love scenes can be awkward and even kissing scenes are far from romantic to film, nudity on the Lucifer set isn't anything glamorous. Fortunately, Tom Ellis and Aimee Garcia, in this case, were able to laugh about it.
Honestly, how could you not laugh about it? Lucifer excels at embracing the absurd in incredibly fun ways. How many shows can send the Devil into a nudist colony to investigate a crime by the side of his forensic scientist friend, who also enthusiastically shed her clothes, and have it make sense? As unfortunate as it was last spring during the time between Fox's cancellation and Netflix's rescue, I think it's safe to say that Netflix is the perfect new home for the Devil.
Ahead of Lucifer Season 4, Tom Ellis went through an extensive workout process that resulted in some ripped and shirtless photos on Instagram. When I asked if he enjoyed getting to show off all his hard work with the increased nudity in Season 4, he said this:
Thanks to Tom Ellis' hard work on the workout front between the end of Season 3 and the beginning of Season 4, Lucifer showed off some serious muscles whenever he took off his clothes in Season 4.
His new look apparently impressed folks on set just as much as fans who checked out his appearance after Lucifer was gone for so much longer than usual! Kudos to Ellis for staying focused and achieving a goal set by his trailer. All presumably without making any deals with the Devil!
You can catch the full fourth season of Lucifer (as well as the first three that originally aired on Fox) streaming on Netflix (opens in new tab) now.
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Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.