‘Euphoria,’ starring Sydney Sweeney, has an intimacy coordinator on set to make sure the actress is supported and comfortable throughout the filming of any scenes.
Different celebrities feel different levels of comfort in front of the camera, especially when they have to film a scene where they have to be partially or fully naked.
Sydney Sweeney of “White Lotus” says she will keep doing naked scenes because they have given her the confidence to love her body as it is. Meanwhile, Amanda Seyfried of “The Dropout” said earlier this month that she used to feel pressured to get naked at the start of her career.
For Sweeney, who has filmed many intimate scenes as Cassie Howard on Sam Levinson’s “Euphoria,” an intimacy coordinator would be on set to make sure the actress was supported and comfortable while filming any scenes.
Dr. Jessica Steinrock, a certified intimacy coordinator registered with SAG-AFTRA, told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview that the need for intimacy coordinators in the industry is only going to grow as more people watch streaming networks instead of cable TV.
“This is a fairly new position. It got going in 2018 when HBO decided to put an “intimacy coordinator” on all of their movie sets “she told me. “An intimacy coordinator is there to make sure that scenes of intimacy are safe and follow a plan. Those are scenes of simulated sex, simulated genital contact, or nudity.”
In the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the safety of actors on set has been acknowledged, and intimacy coordinators have become a part of a production. According to Steinrock, intimacy coordinators “have always been necessary” for cast and crew.
Sweeney told The Hollywood Reporter in July about the many naked scenes she has filmed for the HBO show: “People forget that I’m playing a character, they think, ‘Oh, she gets naked onscreen, she’s a sex symbol.'”
“And I just can’t get over it. I have no problem with those scenes, and I won’t stop doing them, but I wish there was an easier way to talk about what we assume about actors in the business.”
Sweeney has asked Levinson before to cut out unnecessary naked scenes, which he did gladly.
The 24-year-old said, “There were times when [my character] Cassie was supposed to be shirtless, but I would tell Sam, ‘I don’t think that’s necessary here.'” “He was like, ‘OK, we don’t need it.’ Sam has never made me feel like he was forcing me to do it or trying to get a naked scene on an HBO show. When I didn’t want to do it, he didn’t make me.”
Even though there are intimacy coordinators on the set of “Euphoria,” Sweeney said in a January interview with The Independent that she’s had terrible experiences with other acting roles and that after filming a hard scene, she wanted to “scrub herself raw” and felt “disgusting.”
“I didn’t like my co-star or the rest of the crew, and I didn’t think it was something my character would do. That made me feel even worse about myself. I didn’t feel like I was able to speak up, “Sweeney said.
Seyfried recently said something similar, saying that she felt like she had to do naked scenes when she was young to keep working in the entertainment business.
“I couldn’t believe I was 19 and walking around without underwear on. What was wrong with me?” In August, Seyfried told Porter. “Oh, I know why: I was 19 and didn’t want to upset anyone or lose my job, so I didn’t say anything. This is why.”
The actress who was nominated for an Emmy said that she came out of the #MeToo era “pretty unscathed,” even though she had to deal with a lot of harsh male attention. This was especially true for her role in “Mean Girls,” which she played when she was 18 and her character, Karen, could predict weather changes by feeling her chest.
She told Marie Clare in May that the attention she got from men always made her feel “really grossed out.” “I was about 18 at the time. It was disgusting.”
Steinrock said that these kinds of stories aren’t “uncommon” among people who work in the industry, which is sad, but he is proud of the people who are willing to talk about their experiences in hopes of making things better on set.
She said, “I think that says a lot about our current cultural climate and how willing people are to really look closely at the role of the intimacy coordinator and embrace the role of the intimacy coordinator.”
Steinrock told Fox News Digital that intimacy coordinators, who are not required on set but follow rules set by SAG-AFTRA, are like stunt coordinators in that they “help set movements” and “ensure consent” from everyone on screen.
Steinrock said, “We help make sure the story looks good and tells the story we want to tell.” “Then the actors added their art to it, which made the story grow.”