HBO announced this week that it is hiring “intimacy coordinators,” and the pay-cable channel already has one in place to work on “The Deuce.”
Rolling Stone reports that the channel hired a woman named Alicia Rodis — its first-ever intimacy coordinator — to monitor the production of sex scenes for the series about the sex and porn industries of the 1970s.
The pay cabler announced Thursday that every original series or movie containing intimate scenes will have intimacy coordinators on the set during the filming of sex scenes. The coordinators will act as mediators among cast members, crew, directors and producers, according to Rolling Stone.
“Network executives found Rodis through Intimacy Directors International, a nonprofit she co-founded in 2016 that aims to normalize a set of standards and practices surrounding the execution of sex scenes on stage and on film,” Rolling Stone reports. “Rodis’ hiring has made such an impact that showrunner David Simon told Rolling Stone in September that he would never work without an intimacy coordinator again.”
The report says Rodis “reviews scripts, facilitates group discussions about the sex scenes they’re going to film and meets with actors individually. When new or tweaked sex scenes are added to a day’s shoot, she is often the one to break the news to an actor, checking in to clarify what their personal boundaries are — to make sure, as she puts it, ‘consent is informed and certain before we move forward.’ Then she advocates for the actors in discussions with the production team.”
Rolling Stone adds: “Along with her work on ‘The Deuce,’ Rodis is already overseeing the sets of ‘Crashing,’ the upcoming Damon Lindelof-helmed ‘Watchmen’ series and ‘Deadwood’ (the movie); she is training other intimacy coordinators to work on ‘Jett,’ about a female ex-con, and ‘Euphoria,’ a coming-of-age series about high school kids.”