Sydney Sweeney Update: Celebrities have varying degrees of comfort in front of the camera, especially when it comes to shooting a scene when partial or complete nudity is necessary.
Sydney Sweeney of “White Lotus” has promised to keep shooting nude scenes because they’ve given her the self-assurance to love her body just the way it is, while Amanda Seyfried of “The Dropout” acknowledged earlier this month that she once felt pushed to go naked for the sake of her career.
An intimacy consultant might be present on set for Sweeney, who shot several personal moments as Cassie Howard on Sam Levinson’s “Euphoria,” to make sure the actress was supported and comfortable during the shooting of any scenes.
The need for intimacy coordinators in the industry will only grow as audiences enjoy the variety of narratives offered on streaming networks as opposed to cable television, according to Dr. Jessica Steinrock, a professional intimacy coordinator registered with SAG-AFTRA.
This is usually a very new post. When HBO committed to having an intimacy coordinator on all of their movie systems in 2018, it kind of struck its stride, she said. “An intimacy coordinator is there to provide security and structure for intimate sequences. These are simulated sexual encounters, simulated genital touch, or simulated nudity sequences.
Intimacy coordinators have become an integral element of production as a result of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, according to Steinrock, who noted that intimacy coordinators “have always been crucial” for cast and crews.
SYDNEY SWEENEY, the star of EUPHORIA, claims that no one took her work seriously since she got naked.
Sydney Sweeney (shown in March) and Amanda Seyfried (seen in June) have both spoken about their experiences acting in nudist scenes as Hollywood stars.
“People miss that I’m playing a personality, they presume, ‘Oh, she would be naked onscreen, she’s an intercourse image,” Sweeney said in July while discussing the several nude sequences she had taped for the HBO show.
And I’m unable to get beyond it. I have no problems with these sequences and I won’t stop doing them, but I wish there was a better way to have an honest discussion about the presumptions we make about performers in the industry.
MINKA KELLY, A STAR OF EUPHORIA, PUSHED BACK AGAINST NUDE SCENES: WE CAN KEEP MY DRESS ON.
Steinbock acknowledged that these kinds of stories from industry experts are regrettably not “rare,” but expressed satisfaction with the people willing to share their experiences with the aim of a better future on set.
People being able to tell these stories so openly, she said, “says a lot about our current cultural environment and its readiness to truly reflect carefully on the job of the intimacy coordinator and embrace the position of the intimacy coordinator.”
According to Steinrock, intimacy coordinators, who are optional on set but must abide by SAG-AFTRA rules, serve the same purpose as stunt coordinators in that they “help set activities” and “ensure permission” from all those involved on screen.
Steinbock said, “We help make sure that the tale looks nice and that we’re conveying the message that we need to communicate. The performers then elevated it to the level of their craft and allowed the narrative to bloom.