Emma Thompson supports the use of intimacy coordinators on TV and movie sets, calling them “fantastic important” in a recent interview.
During an interview on the Fitzy & Wippa radio show, the Good luck to you Leo Grande star was asked about snow piercer and Game of Thrones Actor Sean Bean’s recent comments on the use of intimacy coordinators on sets, with the interviews noting that the actor had said they can “spoil the spontaneity” of scripted sex scenes.
In response, Thompson — who apparently hadn’t heard Bean’s comments — said that in her opinion “intimacy coordinators are fantastically important.”
“I don’t know [if] you spoke to someone who found it distracting, but you might find another conversation [is] that people say, ‘It put me at ease. It made me feel safe. It made me feel like I could do this job’”, she explained.
Thompson – who had intimacy coordinators while she was at work Leo Grandea Searchlight movie that appeared on Hulu about a middle-aged woman who hires a male escort to help her discover her sexuality and reach orgasm for the first time in her life — went on to say that simulating sex on the screen “not a comfortable situation, period”, and does require structure for the actors.
“No, you can’t just let it flow. The crew is — [you’re] not just in a hotel room. You’re being chased by a bunch of guys… carrying things,” she said. “So I don’t know who the actor was, but maybe he accidentally had an intimacy coordinator at home.”
Thompson’s comments match several other women, including Bean’s snow piercer costar Lena Hall, who spoke after the actor in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine that the need for an intimacy coordinator “depends on the actress.” But as a result of the #MeToo movement, and a consequent increase in its use in Hollywood, these roles not only “ruined the spontaneity” of intimate intimacy scenes, but “brake me more because it draws attention to things.”
“I think the natural way in which lovers behave would be ruined by someone taking it to a technical exercise,” Bean added.
Hall, who was described by her male co-star as “all in hand” because of her previous experience with cabaret performances, said she didn’t believe this was necessary if she was “comfortable with my scene partner and with others in the room,” but would appeal to one if she felt weird, rude, or overexposed.
“I will either challenge the need for the scene or I want an IC,” she concluded. “I feel like when an actor has to play a scene that is extremely emotional (like committing suicide or being raped), there needs to be some sort of mental health person available to talk to after the shoot. Even if we’re just acting , we are still experiencing trauma.”
West Side Story star Rachel Zegler tweeted that “intimacy coordinators create a safe environment for actors” and that “spontaneity in intimate scenes can be unsafe,” while She-Hulk actress Jameela Jamil noted on Twitter that “our job as actors is not to make it look technical,” but that “nobody wants an impromptu groping.”