We’ve watched some STEAMY shows lately and wondered how *those* scenes are shot. See Normal People, Bridgerton, and I May Destroy You among others. Intimacy coordinators are used to create and facilitate these scenes for a realistic look and the safety of actors.
Intimacy Coordinators 101
They are professionals who work on film and TV sets to facilitate scenes involving simulated sex between actors
They choreograph intimate actions, helping actors learn appropriate skills required to perform what’s scripted, similar to choreographing stunts and fight scenes
They may also: act as liaisons between actors and crew; work on intimacy/nudity riders in contracts; and help to limit the “male gaze” on set
They’re more common since #MeToo, but there’s still push back from creative leaders who are leery of change and loss of control
There are training and certification programs available, and SAG-AFTRA has released on-set safety standards and guidelines