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Donald Glover Used ‘Intimacy’ of His Own Relationship to Make “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” ‘Sexy' (Exclusive)

“I think there's a lot of little things where I took them from my own life,” Glover told PEOPLE of the new series, which is based on the 2005 movie

<p>Jason Mendez/Getty</p> Donald Glover and Michelle White at the

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Donald Glover and Michelle White at the 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' red carpet premiere at The Weylin on January 31, 2024 in Brooklyn, New York

Donald Glover is opening up about how he used his relationship with girlfriend Michelle White to help him with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith role.

Speaking to PEOPLE at the New York City premiere of the new Prime Video series, which is based on the 2005 movie of the same name, on Wednesday, Glover, 40, revealed he drew upon his own experiences with intimacy while playing the role of John Smith in the spy thriller.

“I think there's a lot of little things where I took them from my own life,” the actor told PEOPLE. “I felt like what made this show sexy is intimacy so I wanted to do that.”

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<p>Bryan Bedder/Variety via Getty</p> Donald Glover and girlfriend Michelle White at the 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' premiere in New York City

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Donald Glover and girlfriend Michelle White at the 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' premiere in New York City

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“There's a lot of scenes that are kind of just taken from my life — you know my wife's hair is like, it's not kinky, it's long and I was in the shower and I was like, ‘What the hell is this?,’ ” Glover explained to PEOPLE. “Because she likes to take it and put it on the shower walls. I was like I really did not know what was going on.”

“I was like, ‘Yeah I think we have rats or something.’ I said that to her as a joke but like I really didn't know,” he laughed.

“When you're living together you just kind of don't realize these things are super normal to me but they're not normal for you," Glover added. "I feel like there's a ton of that in the show.”

<p>Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty</p> Donald Glover and costar Maya Erskine at the New York City premiere of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'

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Donald Glover and costar Maya Erskine at the New York City premiere of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'

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The series, which drops on Friday, stars Glover and actress Maya Erskine in reimagined versions of the roles made famous by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, with the duo playing two strangers who land mysterious jobs as spies and who have to live as a married couple called Mr. & Mrs. John and Jane Smith.

Other stars joining Glover and Erskine in the show include Sarah Paulson, Alexander Skarsgård and Parker Posey.

Glover has been in a long-term relationship with White, with whom he shares three sons, since at least 2016. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter in 2017, the musician said that while he does believe in love, he doesn't believe in marriage.

“It doesn’t serve the purpose that I would want it to serve,” he told the outlet at the time.

Two years later at The Lion King premiere in 2019, Glover also referred to White as his "wife" during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. leading to speculation that the two had married in secret. However, neither have confirmed the marriage.

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