Dame Emma Thompson has described intimacy coordinators on film and TV sets as “fantastically important” after Sean Bean said they could “spoil the spontaneity” of sex scenes.
A number of actresses, including West Side Story star Rachel Zegler, criticized Bean for her comments, which were made during an interview with The Times published last week.
Intimacy coordinators, trained to ensure the well-being of actors during on-set sex scenes, have become widespread in the film industry in recent years.
Appearing on Australian radio station Nova to promote his new film Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, Dame Emma, 63, was asked about Bean’s lyrics.
She said: ‘Intimacy coordinators are extremely important.
“You were talking about (about) someone who found it distracting, but (in) another conversation you might find people say, ‘It made me feel comfortable, it made me feel good. safety, it made me feel like I could do it. work’. The intimacy coordinators are therefore the most fantastic introduction to our work.
“And no, you can’t just let it sink in. There’s a camera there and a team. You are not alone in a hotel room. You are surrounded by a bunch of guys for the most part. It’s not a comfortable situation, period.
In Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, Dame Emma plays a retired teacher who hires a 28-year-old sex worker after the death of her husband.
In an interview with The Times published on Friday, Game Of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Bean, 63, said of intimacy coordinators: “I imagine it slows down the push. Ha, not push, that’s the wrong word. It would spoil the spontaneity.
“It would inhibit me more because it draws attention to things. Someone who says, “Do this, put your hand there, while you touch his thing…”
“I think the natural behavior of lovers would be ruined by someone reducing it to a technical exercise.”
Zegler, 21, was among the actresses who responded to Bean’s comments over the weekend.
She said on Twitter: “Privacy coordinators establish a safe environment for actors. I was extremely grateful for the one we had on WSS – they showed grace to a newcomer like me + educated those around me who had years of experience.
“Spontaneity in intimate scenes can be dangerous. Wake up.”
The conversation around intimacy coordinators has grown since the resurgence of the Me Too movement in 2017 following sexual abuse allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Top productions such as Normal People, Bridgerton and Sex Education have since used them.
Sean Bean has been contacted for further comment.