Amanda Seyfried Wishes She Had an Intimacy Coordinator for Her Nudes at 19

“19 years old, walking around in no underwear—like, are you kidding me? How do I let that happen? ”

The rise of intimacy coordinators has brought about major changes in Hollywood, especially as the entertainment industry navigates the COVID era. But the practice is still relatively new—as evidenced by a recent interview with Amanda Seyfried, who told Porter magazine that she hopes intimacy coordinators become the norm on set when she becomes an up-and-coming actor.

Seyfried, an Emmy nominee for his role on Hulu’s The Dropout, said that while he was “pretty unscathed” early on in the industry, at least one experience didn’t suit him. “19 years old, walking around in no underwear—like, are you kidding me? How do I let that happen? said Seyfried. “Oh, I know why: I’m 19 years old and I don’t want to disappoint anyone, and I want to keep my job. That is why.”

Seyfried’s comments came in the same week that Sean Bean spoke out against using an intimacy coordinator, telling Britain’s The Times that they “ruined the spontaneity” of a scene. Bean, who starred in shows including Game of Thrones and Snowpiercer, said he believed that “the natural way lovers behave would be undermined by someone taking them to technical practice.”

Lena Hall, who filmed intimate scenes with Bean for Snowpiercer, responded by tweeting, “If I’m comfortable with my scene partner and with other people in the room then I don’t need an intimacy coordinator. BUT if there’s a part of me that feels weird, dirty, too revealing, etc… I’ll challenge the need for that scene or I’ll want IC.”

Rachel Zegler of West Side Story also criticized Bean’s opinion on Twitter, writing, “intimacy coordinators build a safe environment for actors. I’m very grateful for what we have at WSS— they show grace to newcomers like me + educate those around me who have years of experience. Spontaneity in intimate scenes can be unsafe. get up.”

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