Alicia Vikander has revealed there were times when she felt unprotected filming intimate scenes early in her career, telling Harper’s Bazaar in a candid interview that she “should have been taken care of”.
“The only thing that can’t be improvised is an intimate scene. You have to do a choreography and stick to it,” the Oscar-winning actor said in an article published on Wednesday.
“It’s the worst thing ever to do these scenes,” she added. “I’m very comfortable with my body and I’ve done quite a few nudity and sex scenes, but it’s never easy.”
Vikander also talked about intimacy coordinators now common in the film industry and said they “should have existed at the start of my career.”
“I’ve been in situations that weren’t going well, where I didn’t feel protected,” the ‘Ex Machina’ star said. She recalled an incident where “everyone was busy doing their own thing and in the middle you have an actor who sits naked for a few hours”.
“And someone’s supposed to show up in a dressing gown, and they don’t,” Vikander said. “It comes later… [the knowledge that] It was not good. I should have been taken care of.
Intimacy coordinators are relatively new to TV and movie sets, introduced to Hollywood amid the Me Too movement in 2017 by “The Deuce” actor Emily Meade. The position, which has existed for years in the theater world, ensures that actors filming personal scenes are protected and treated with sensitivity.
Meade, who plays a sex worker on the HBO series set in the 1970s, told HuffPost in 2019 that she took to the network to suggest an intimacy coordinator after realizing she ” felt uncomfortable” about certain scenes earlier in his career.
“I just went to HBO and the producers of the show and had someone be there to kind of oversee the communication of the sex scenes,” Meade said at the time. “I didn’t know an ‘intimacy coordinator’ was even a job, which is sad and crazy because I should have used it a long time ago.”
Claire Warden, director of advanced training at the organization Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, told HuffPost the importance of this role.
“We condition our actors to always say ‘yes,’ because if you say ‘no,’ you’re difficult,” Warren said. “Or someone else will say ‘yes’ and we’ll give them the job.”