The team behind AMC’s “Interview with the Vampire” series made constant use of on-set intimacy coordinators during a panel for the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, according to Variety.
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“We worked with an intimacy coordinator extensively,” said series protagonist Sam Reid. “I think it’s really important to work with an intimacy coordinator. I haven’t worked with one in several years. I think he treats the intimate scenes more like a stunt scene or a fight scene, so they’re choreographed as well as trying to maintain some spontaneity. It was fun doing it that way. We had to rehearse and know exactly what was going to happen.”
The issue arose because the character Lestat, played by Reid, and Louis de Pointe, played by Jacob Anderson, become physically involved early in the series, requiring Reid and Anderson to film sex scenes together.
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“This gives everyone the right to ask any question they want at any time, which can sometimes be difficult in a hierarchical team,” added director and executive producer Alan Taylor. “With a coordinator there, it’s like everything is on the table.”
The use of intimacy coordinators on sets has been in the news in recent days after Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean criticized the practice. Since then, actors like Lena Hall and Amanda Seyfried have spoken out in favor, with Seyfried saying she felt unable to express her discomfort on sets when she was younger.
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“Interview with the Vampire” is based on the book of the same name by Anne Rice and follows the epic story of love, blood and the perils of immortality by Louis de Pointe, Lestat De Lioncourt and Claudia (Bailey Bass)
The series is created by Rolin Jones, who also serves as showrunner. “Interview with the Vampire'” is produced by Mark Johnson, Christopher Rice and the late Anne Rice. The production premieres on AMC in October. two