Movie and TV Sex Scenes: The Intimacy Coordinator Reveals the Truth
Yes, plenty of actors get turned on filming steamy sex scenes for film and TV – and now an insider has revealed what happens next.
While the sex scenes may look romantic and well-acted on screen, they’re not so sexy behind the scenes.
But, of course, there are times during filming when things can go wrong and an accident can happen, including when an actor gets physically aroused during a simulated sex scene.
In fact, when filming love scenes, arousal is very normal, because actors “go through the physical and the spirit, so yeah, it happens,” intimacy coordinator David Thackeray recently said. . Initiated.
Thackeray added that a “time out” is requested for the stars to come together and that the coordinators must also ensure that the needs of the actors are met.
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“Just make it very clear that it’s normal and the worst thing you can do is carry on,” he revealed, adding that coordinators should be clear that “Hey, it can happen. .”
Intimacy coordinators are the ones who keep love scenes running smoothly on set and help choreograph sexual moves and intimate action, as well as put actors at ease during awkward scenes.
Thackeray – who has worked on projects for studios including Netflix, Warner Bros. and HBO — explained that there are certain protocols, including a “time out,” when cast members get a little too… excited.
“Give them five minutes and then I come in and check it out,” he said. “Then we come back to it when they’re ready.”
“The worst thing we can do is gawk or make a massive deal out of it,” he continued. “I will also say for the crew, making sure they know what scene is being shot, what nudity is going to be seen. You don’t want them to be surprised.
Coordinators also advise cast and crew on the possibility of players becoming sexually aroused and being present for anyone who feels uncomfortable.
Intimacy coordinators play an important role in steamy romance dramas, such as Netflix’s Bridgerton.
Phoebe Dynevor currently stars as Daphne Bridgerton in the Shonda Rhimes-directed series. The 25 year old revealed to Glamor last year that an intimacy coordinator helped her with the many naughty, NSFW scenes she had with her co-star Régé-Jean Page, who played the love interest Simon Basset.
“We did intimate scenes like stunts – we blocked them out, so you have yoga balls between you and all kinds of things that never make you feel exposed in any way,” said the “Younger” actress, adding that the scenes weren’t as easy as they appear on screen.
“I rehearsed so much with Regé that we both knew what we were doing. It was very convenient. But alone is another thing,” she said of their sex scenes together. “The stage directions are very precise: you have to have an orgasm. It’s a hard thing to repeat, which means you don’t. Just do it.
She went on to stress the value of an intimacy coordinator noting that if they hadn’t used one, the male director would have told her what to do.
“Nobody wants a man to tell them how to orgasm,” she said.
This story originally appeared on Page 6 and is republished here with permission.