14 Famous People Who've Talked About Why The Prefer (Or Prefer Not) To Work With Intimacy Coordinators
Some examples include mention of sexual assault.
Within recent years, more and more TV shows and movies have begun employing intimacy coordinators, who are trained to work with directors, choreographers, and actors while planning out sex scenes. This way, every actor's well-being and comfort level is at the forefront and they can have safer on-set experiences.
And while many actors are extremely grateful for these dedicated advisors, there are still some actors who prefer to go without one.
Here are 14 celebs who've spoken pretty candidly about their thoughts on intimacy coordinators:
1.After not working with an intimacy coordinator for several seasons of Outlander, Sam Heughan brought one on board for Season 7 of the series. "It’s important that everyone is protected, but also we find a way to explore these scenes and actually maybe get something more out of them," he said.
2.Jennifer Aniston said that she was asked if she wanted an intimacy coordinator for her and Jon Hamm's sex scene in The Morning Show but said no. "They asked us if we wanted an intimacy coordinator. I’m from the olden days, so I was like, 'What does that mean?'" she explained.
3.Taylor Zakhar Perez said that for Red, White, and Royal Blue he and Nicholas Galitzine would have "an hour a day set aside" to work with their intimacy coordinator, Robbie King. He added that practicing the scenes felt like dancing.
4.Katherine Heigl explained that she was hesitant to work with an intimacy coordinator at first because she'd never worked with one prior to starring on Firefly Lane. But her experience ended up making her realize how "unprotected" she was while filming without one for years.
5.India Amarteifio said that while working with an intimacy coordinator for Queen Charlotte, she felt like she was actually in a "safe space."
6.Jonathan Bailey worked with one on Bridgerton and explained some of the tricks used, like strategically placed "half-inflated netballs" that allow for movement, but keep the actors from physically touching.
7.Phoebe Dynevor also worked with an intimacy coordinator in Bridgerton and explained that those "vulnerable" scenes were filmed "like stunts." She said that because they were so choreographed, she felt "safe." She added that if she hadn't worked with Lizzy Talbot, the series' coordinator, she would've had to work through those scenes with a male director: "No one wants to be told how to perform orgasm [on set] by a man."
8.When Michaela Coel won a BAFTA for her performance in the series I May Destroy You she thanked intimacy coordinators for "creating physical, emotional, and professional boundaries."
9.Sydney Sweeney first worked with an intimacy coordinator for Euphoria and said that it "changed [her] approach to everything." She loved working with her coordinator so much, that she brought her onto another one of her projects.
10.Sean Bean said he feels like the presence of an intimacy coordinator would "spoil the spontaneity" of a sex scene. He added that it ruins "the natural way lovers behave."
11.Emma Thompson, who worked closely with one on Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, said that “intimacy coordinators are fantastically important.”
12.Rachel Zegler said that she was "extremely grateful" for the intimacy coordinator she worked with on West Side Story. In response to Sean Bean's claims, she stressed the importance of these coordinators and said, "spontaneity in intimate scenes can be dangerous."
13.Rahul Kohli also sung his praises of all the coordinators he worked with saying that they are "essential for protecting [actors'] safety."
14.Daisy Edgar Jones worked with an intimacy coordinator while filming Normal People and said that the scenes they shot were so "passionate" because they had someone there to help them feel "relaxed" and protected.