HBO has decided to staff every one of its shows and films that have intimate scenes going forward with an intimacy coordinator. The cable network piloted the practice on the second season of The Deuce.
The network announced its decision via is public relations Twitter after Rolling Stone published a story about HBO’s work with Deuce intimacy coordinator Alicia Rodis.
“As reported in @RollingStone, all @HBO programs with intimate scenes will be staffed by an intimacy coordinator,” the tweet said.
— HBO PR (@HBOPR) October 25, 2018
Since working on The Deuce, a show that looks at the burgeoning porn industry in New York in the 1970s, Rodis has worked on intimate scenes in Crashing, the upcoming Watchmen series and on the Deadwood movie, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Emily Meade, who plays the prostitute turned porn star Lori on The Deuce, initiated Rodis’s initial hire when she asked the show’s co-creators and HBO for an “advocate purely for sexual scenes,” reports THR. She questioned why stunt coordinators were always on hand for small stunts but there was never anyone there to protect those who were involved in sex scenes.
“When it comes to sexuality, which is one of the most vulnerable things for all humans, men and women, there’s really no system. There’s never been a person required to be there to protect and bring expertise,” she said during an interview with HBO.
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