‘Outlander’ has hired an intimacy coordinator just in time for the most ‘unusual’ sex scenes in the show’s history

TL; DR:

  • Foreigner hired intimacy coordinator Vanessa Coffey before season 6.
  • Coffey recently talked about THIS scene from season 6, episode 2.
  • The new crew member admits she did her research because it was “a pretty unusual scene considering its content.”

Cesar Domboy and Lauren Lyle | Starz

Foreigner is known for his steamy sexy scenes, which mostly happen between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe). But for the first five seasons, the actors were left on their own to perform these often uncomfortable and difficult-to-shoot scenes.

That all changed in Season 6 when Heughan hired intimacy coordinator Vanessa Coffey to help the cast “explore those scenes and maybe get something more out of them.” Thankfully, Coffey was hired just in time for the most “unusual” sex scene in the show’s history.

Fergus and Marsali Get Intimate in “Outlander” Season 6, Episode 2

Jamie and Claire took a back seat in the steamy scene department during Season 6 Episode 2 “Allegiance,” and allowed Fergus (Caesar Domboy) and Marsali (Lauren Lyle) to take the spotlight.

The scene – straight from Diana Gabaldon’s sixth book A breath of snow and ashes – It was the first time Foreigner fans had seen the two become intimate. Despite the fact that they have a number of kids running around. What really caught viewers’ attention was that it all happened while Marsali was in labor!

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When Fergus arrives, he begins to fondle and suck his wife’s breasts in such a sensual way that midwife Claire knows it’s time to apologize in another room. But before leaving, Fergus tells her that he is helping Marsali because stimulation can help prolong labor and reduce pain.

Intimacy coordinator Vanessa Coffey helped with the most ‘unusual’ sex scene in the show’s history

The majority of the sex in the scene was implied via the reaction of family members in the next room. But the moments viewers saw were extremely intimate, and the cast needed Coffey’s help.

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“It’s a pretty unusual scene given the content, but ultimately it’s about having these conversations with the actors about ‘what is this storytelling moment, what are we trying to say here’ and how can we physically tell that story being really true to the physicality of those characters,” Coffey told Digital Spy.

The Newest ‘Outlander’ Crew Member Has Done His Research

Coffey worked on all the intimate scenes of Foreigner season 6. But she admits Fergus and Marsali’s interaction was the most memorable. The intimacy coordinator explained that the particular scene was “a bit different” since they weren’t talking about “pushing” or “whether or not the character orgasms.”

“So what do we need to do physically?” Coffey asked the actors. “So let’s find out what we need to do to be really true to what we’re trying to say, and for the period as well.”

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Heughan says one of the reasons he hired Coffey was that he felt “a great responsibility to young actors”.

“I say [when Outlander started] we were in a different time, our show was much more explicit in some ways than it would be now. But for young actors or people who haven’t, it can be very difficult, so I think we wanted to support them,” Heughan said.

New episodes of Foreigner airs Sunday nights on Starz.

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