The intimacy coordinator for the film “Miller’s Girl” has spoken out regarding the sex scene between Jenna Ortega and Martin Freeman amid criticism of their significant age gap. The movie, written and directed by Jade Halley Bartlett, revolves around a relationship between a writing student named Cairo, played by Ortega, and her teacher, portrayed by Freeman.
Kristina Arjona, the intimacy coordinator, emphasized that both actors were comfortable during the filming process. She stated that extensive discussions were held with Ortega to ensure that the scenes aligned with her comfort level. Arjona emphasized the importance of continuous consent, particularly given the significant age difference between the actors.
Arjona disclosed that discussions included the level of nudity and the use of barriers and modesty garments to maintain appropriate boundaries during filming. Both Ortega and Freeman had the option to alter or decline any elements of the scenes, ensuring their comfort and agency throughout the process.
The age gap between Ortega, 21, and Freeman, 52, has drawn criticism from some viewers. However, Arjona’s statements underscore the meticulous care taken to address concerns and prioritize the well-being of the actors.
Intimacy barriers, described as “little pillows,” were utilized to create space between the actors during intimate scenes, as explained by intimacy coordinator David Thackeray. Such precautions aim to ensure a respectful and comfortable environment for the actors involved.
Despite the scrutiny surrounding the age gap, the cast and crew of “Miller’s Girl” emphasize their commitment to fostering a safe and supportive atmosphere on set. Through open communication and careful consideration, they aim to deliver a compelling story while respecting the boundaries and comfort of all involved.