Amanda Seyfried regrets nudity in front of intimacy coordinators

Amanda Seyfried told Porter magazine that early in her career she was purposely uncomfortable on film sets because she felt it was the only way to keep her job.

The publication noted that the Emmy and Oscar nominee “wishes she could show up now, at a time when intimacy coordinators are a requirement on set and actors are in a better position to speak out.” Seyfried said she emerged “fairly unscathed” from her early days as an actress in Hollywood, but looks back in shock.

“Being 19 walking around without my underwear – eh, are you kidding me? How did I let that happen?” said Seyfried. “Oh I know why: I was 19 and I didn’t want to upset anyone and I wanted to keep my job. That’s why.”

Intimacy coordinators were back in the news recently after ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ actor Sean Bean criticized their inclusion on film and TV sets. Bean argued that “the natural behavior of lovers” “is ruined by one who reduces it to a technical exercise”. Since then, several actors have come forward to comment on Bean’s opinion, including fellow Snowpiercer co-star Lena Hall.

“If I’m comfortable with my scene partner and others in the room, I don’t need an intimacy coordinator,” Hall wrote on Twitter. “BUT if there’s a part of me that feels weird, gross, overexposed, etc… I’ll either question the necessity of the scene or I’ll want an IC.” [intimacy coordinator].”

West Side Story breakout Rachel Zegler was more assertive, writing on social media that “intimacy coordinators create a safe environment for actors.” She added, “I was very grateful for those we had on ‘West Side Story’ – they showed grace to a newcomer like me and educated those around me who had years of experience. Spontaneity in intimate scenes can be dangerous. Wake up.”

Added ‘Midnight Mass’ and ‘Bly Manor’ actor Rahul Kohli: “I’ve now worked with a couple of intimacy coordinators and while it was so embarrassing at first they are essential to ensuring our safety, it’s us comfortable and open up a constructive dialogue between the actors and the director when scenes call for ‘intimacy’.”

Seyfriend is an Emmy nominee this year for her portrayal of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu’s The Dropout. Amanda Seyfried regrets nudity in front of intimacy coordinators

Charles Jones

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