Actresses Respond to Ned Stark Actor From GOT’s Comments on Intimacy


Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean, who plays Ned Stark, invited criticism over his statements about onscreen intimacy. With Hollywood starlets responding to the comments.

The Ned Stark actor recently told the Times of London Sunday Magazine that he is not a fan of intimacy coordinators on set. His reasons? He fears they would ‘spoil the spontaneity of intimate scenes’.

“I think the natural way lovers behave would be ruined by someone bringing it right down to a technical exercise, … It would inhibit me more because it’s drawing attention to things.”

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As many began commenting on the Lord of The Rings actor’s comments, even Hollwyood starlets’ picked in their two cents. This includes his Snowpiercer co-star Lena Hall.

Citing his work in from Season 2 of TNT’s Snowpiercer as an example Sean Bean referenced an unusual scene where co-star Lena Hall essayed an intimate scene with the aid of a mango.

“I think they cut a bit out actually. Often the best work you do, where you’re trying to push the boundaries, and the very nature of it is experimental, gets censored when TV companies or the advertisers say it’s so much. It’s a nice scene, quite surreal, dream-like and abstract. And mango-esque.”

When the interviewer observed that intimacy coordinators were a response to the revelations of #MeToo and necessary for the safety of actors, the GOT actor responded with;

“I suppose it depends on the actress. This one [Hall] had a musical cabaret background, so she was up for anything.”

While she asserted that she was comfortable during that mango scene, she still acknowledges the importance of intimacy coordinators.

“If I feel comfortable with my scene partner and with others in the room then I won’t need an intimacy coordinator, … BUT if there is any part of me that is feeling weird, gross, over exposed etc… I will either challenge the necessity of the scene or I’ll want an IC.”

Addressing the cabaret comments she said;

“Just because I am in theater (not cabaret, but I do perform them every once in a while) does not mean that I am up for anything.”

West Side Story breakout star Rachel Zegler asserted how important intimacy coordinators really are. Directly calling him out saying;

“Spontaneity in intimate scenes can be unsafe. Wake up.”

The starlet was 17 when she shot love scenes with her then-25-year-old co-star Ansel Elgort West Side Story.

“Intimacy coordinators establish an environment of safety for actors. I was extremely grateful for the one we had on WSS— they showed grace to a newcomer like myself + educated those around me who’ve had years of experience.”

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Meanwhile, upcoming Marvel villain, Jameela Jamil, saying how good acting is supposed to make the technical exercise of onscreen chemistry seem real.

“It should only be technical. It’s like a stunt. Our job as actors is to make it not look technical. Nobody wants an impromptu grope…”

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