Sam Heughan Had A Privacy Counselor On His ‘Outlander’ Sex Scenes
Foreigner is officially back, and lead Sam Heughan has assured fans that the sixth season will feature even more of the show’s steamy love scenes. In a recent appearance on The Drew Barrymore Showhe also revealed that he and his co-star Caitriona Balfe used an intimacy coordinator while filming those moments.
“A privacy counselor is a more common practice now in the industry,” Heughan explained. “When we started, we were totally green. You know, in your career, you’ve had to do similar things. As an actor or actress, you’re kind of just thrown in the deep end. And we were, and we’ve kind of found our way together, and we’ve supported each other. But actually bringing someone on board means we’re all more supported. We can find new ways, I guess, of being more intimate and to add more to those scenes. So I think that’s a really welcome addition… Let’s all get an intimacy counselor, right?”
Just a few years ago, how sex scenes were filmed was essentially at the director’s discretion, leaving performers feeling uncomfortable, vulnerable, and even in danger. Intimacy counselors are there to help solve this problem. “We’re not here for the police,” says Alicia Rodis, an intimacy coordinator who’s worked on hot, heavy scenes on HBO shows like The devil, crackle and watchmen.“We’re another presence in the room to help coordinate the conversations.”
It stands to reason that the more racy the nature of the show, the more relevant it will be for the cast to work with a coach who can ensure that not only are they supported, but also create verisimilitude without crossing any lines. Adam Demos, who played Brad in Netflix’s explicit drama sex/lifesaid the process of filming the fully nude scenes for this show was incredibly collaborative.
“We would have an intimacy coordinator and everyone would talk about it and talk about their comfort level,” he explained. “You were rehearsing it so much that by the time you did it, it was a lot more comfortable than you think. You discuss everything from hand movements, to breathing. In the sex scenes, breathing is an emotional thing, so you’re discussing that journey, but you’re also discussing everyone’s comfort level.”
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