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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

“I was like, ‘I’m an old Hollywood broad, bitch. I know what I’m doing. You don’t have to tell me how to make out on camera.' I was so awkward about it.” she recalled. “I ended up loving this woman so deeply, and being so grateful for her, because she protected us in a way that I didn’t realize how unprotected we were. I didn’t even really quite realize having somebody else stand there and say, ‘She won’t do that, find another way to shoot it.'”“We did have young girls on the set. There was a rape scene. And for her to be there protecting them, I felt this weight off of me in a way that I didn’t feel like I had to find a way to fight those battles for these girls,” she added. “I’m always the bad guy. People like me to be the bad guy.”

5.India Amarteifio said that while working with an intimacy coordinator for Queen Charlotte, she felt like she was actually in a "safe space."

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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.

“I had my first intimacy coordinator on Euphoria, and it changed my approach to everything,” she explained. “I love having one and I think they should be considered a necessity on every set. I actually brought my intimacy coordinator, Amanda Blumenthal, onto my Amazon movie, The Voyeurs. I wish that more productions were aware of this and we made it a priority.”

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."

He said, “It would inhibit me more because it’s drawing attention to things. Somebody saying, ‘Do this, put your hand there, while you touch his thing.’ I think the natural way lovers behave would be ruined by someone bringing it right down to a technical exercise.”“[I] should imagine it slows down the thrust of it,” he added. “Ha, not the thrust, that’s the wrong word. It would spoil the spontaneity. ... I think the natural way lovers behave would be ruined by someone bringing it right down to a technical exercise.

11.Emma Thompson, who worked closely with one on Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, said that “intimacy coordinators are fantastically important.”

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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."

<div><p>"Intimacy coordinators establish an environment of safety for actors," she tweeted. "I was extremely grateful for the one we had on <i>WSS</i> — they showed grace to a newcomer like myself + educated those around me who’ve had years of experience. Spontaneity in intimate scenes can be unsafe. Wake up."</p></div><span> 20th Century Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

13.Rahul Kohli also sung his praises of all the coordinators he worked with saying that they are "essential for protecting [actors'] safety."

“I’ve worked with a few intimacy coordinators now, and while ever so slightly embarrassing at first, are essential for protecting our safety, making us comfortable, and opening up constructive dialogue between the actors and director when scenes call for ‘intimacy,'” he tweeted. He also said,

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.

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