A lot of collaboration goes into sex scenes to ensure that the actors and crew are prepared for filming.
HBO Studios’ Alicia Rodis, who pioneered the role of intimacy coordinator who helps orchestrate sex scenes on set, told Insider that there’s a lot of open dialogue about what intimate content will be captured before filming even begins.
“What I’m finding is that it’s no secret that there have been problematic sex scenes in the past and problematic power dynamics on set, which can cause coercion, which can make people do things they later regret or do things they didn’t agree with . yes”, said Rhodes.
According to Rhodes, giving actors the option to leave a scene is part of “the pre-production work and making sure we know what to expect. Or at least, what we’re not going to do.”
Ita O’Brien, intimacy coordinator for shows like HBO’s “I May Destroy You” and Hulu’s “Normal People,” agreed that preparation and collaboration between all departments is key to a successful sex scene.
“It’s conversations with the producers, conversations with the director, then conversations with the actors and conversations with the wardrobe department,” O’Brien said.