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Alicia Vikander says she didn’t feel ‘protected’ filming intimate scenes

Alicia Vikander revealed that there were times when she didn’t feel safe 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 improved is an intimate scene – you have to create the choreography and stick to it,” the Oscar winner said in an article published on Wednesday.

“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done to do those scenes,” he said. “I’m very comfortable with my body and I’ve done a lot of nudity and sex scenes, but it’s never easy.”

Vikander also talked about the intimacy coordinators that are now common in the film industry, and added that they “should have existed at the beginning of my career.”

The “Ex Machina” star said, “I’ve been in situations that weren’t right, where I didn’t feel like I was safe.” She recalled an incident in which “everyone was busy doing their job and in the middle, you have an actor who sits there naked for a few hours.”

“And someone must come with the robe, and they don’t,” said Vikander. “It comes later – [the knowledge that] He was wrong. I should have been taken care of.”

In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Vikander opened up about the importance of intimacy coordinators.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Vikander opened up about the importance of intimacy coordinators.

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Intimacy coordinators are relatively new to television and movie sets, having been introduced in 2017 by “The Deuce” actor Emily Mead amid the Me Too movement in Hollywood. The situation prevailing over the years in the world of theatre, ensures that actors filming individual scenes are treated with safety and sensitivity.

Meade, who played 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 feeling “uncomfortable” about certain scenes in her career Was.

“I just went to HBO and the producers of the show and asked someone to be there to oversee the communication of the sex scenes,” Meade said at the time. “I had no idea that an ‘intimacy coordinator’ was even a job, which is sad and crazy because I should have used it for a long time.”

Claire Warden, director of advanced training at the Intimacy Directors and Coordinators organization, told HuffPost about the importance of the role.

“We condition our actors to always say ‘yes,’ because if you say ‘no,’ you’re going to be difficult,” Warren said. “Or someone else will say ‘yes’ and we’ll give them the job.”

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