What is an Intimacy Coordinator? Amanda Seyfried reflects on her career

At just 19, Emmy-nominated actress Amanda Seyfried has said she felt compelled to do a nude scene.

“Being 19, walking around without my underwear on – like, are you kidding me? How did I let this happen? Oh, I know why: I was 19 and didn’t want to upset anyone, and I wanted to keep my job. That’s why,” she said in a recent interview with Porter (note: interview contains strong language).

It wasn’t the first time Seyfried had uncomfortable encounters because of his career. In an interview earlier this year with Marie Claire, she revealed that boys would come up to her after performing in ‘Mean Girls’ and ask her for the weather forecast – alluding to a line from the film, in which her character said that she could predict the weather with her breasts.

“I always felt really gross about it,” she said. “I was like 18. It was just disgusting.

After recounting her experiences, Seyfried said she wished there had been intimacy coordinators on set when she was young.

What are Intimacy Coordinators?

According to The Guardian, intimacy coordinators were brought in after the #MeToo movement as on-set staff to provide security for on-screen sex scenes.

A wider discussion about intimacy coordinators took place this week, after ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Sean Bean spoke to the London Times and said intimacy coordinators “can spoil the spontaneity” of the shooting of these scenes. He then said, “I think the natural behavior of lovers would be ruined by someone reducing it to a technical exercise.”

What do celebrities say about intimacy coordinators?

‘West Side Story’ actress Rachel Zegler took to Twitter to defend the presence of on-site privacy coordinators.

“Intimacy coordinators establish a safe environment for actors,” she wrote.

Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theater Union chief Philippa Childs told the Guardian: “Coordinating intimacy provides vital support for performers during preparation, rehearsal and intimate action filming and its growing use is a welcome move to further establish a safe environment for actors on set.

According to Deadline, Jameela Jamil, the star of Marvel’s upcoming “She-Hulk” series, also spoke out in response to Bean’s comments. She said, “It should only be technical. It’s like a waterfall. Our job as actors is to make sure it doesn’t seem technical. Nobody wants an impromptu trial and error.

The Hollywood Reporter published an article detailing the protocols for intimacy coordinators and the certification needed for the job. HBO was one of the first major networks to staff all shows that featured sex scenes with intimacy coordinators.