- Toni Collette told the Times of London that intimacy coordinators have made her feel “more anxious” on set.
- An intimacy coordinator works to ensure that intimate scenes are comfortable and consensual.
- Collette stars in the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series “The Power,” based on a novel of the same name.
Toni Collette says that the privacy coordinators have sometimes made her feel less comfortable on set.
in a interview published Friday with the Times of London’s Polly Veron, Collette shared her feelings regarding intimacy coordinators. Collette is currently promoting her upcoming Amazon Prime Video series, “The Power.”
“I think it’s only been a couple of times that they’ve been hired, and I’ve been very trusting and comfortable with the people I was working with,” Collette said.
“I felt that those people who were brought in to make me feel more comfortable actually made me feel more anxious. They weren’t helping, so I asked them to leave,” she continued.
According SAG-AFTRA, an intimacy coordinator is “an advocate, a liaison between the actors and the production, and a movement coach and/or choreographer in regards to nudity and simulated sex and other intimate and hyperexposed scenes.”
When asked if she would have felt more comfortable with intimacy coordinators early in her acting career, Collette said “It depends,” adding that their presence on set brings “new energy.”
“You never know what you’re going to find and it’s a miracle that a movie makes it through, let alone prosper. I’ve been very lucky because I’ve only worked with a few assholes in my several decades.” I’ve managed to keep this ship afloat,” Collette continued.
In 2020, Insider spoke with Ita O’Briena privacy coordinator who worked at Hulu’s “Normal people,” about his role on the sets.
“Trust that we are there in service. It’s not just about protecting the actors,” she added. “While that’s part of it, it’s absolutely to serve the production, to serve the director’s vision and then to serve the actors, to create a really safe and empowered environment to create the best work that they can,” O’ said. Brien.
“The Power” is derived from a 2016 Naomi Alderman novel. It follows Jos Cleary-Lopez (Auli’i Cravalho), a teenager who developed the power to electrocute people and things. Collette plays her mother, Margot, and the actor. Juan Leguizamo he plays her father, Rob.
“The Power” begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video on March 31.