Jemima Kirke has never felt uncomfortable filming intimate scenes for the Girls TV show.
During an interview for The Telegraph Magazine, the Conversations with Friends actress opened up about the introduction of intimacy coordinators, who choreograph and oversee sex scenes to help actors feel more comfortable. Jemima, who has never worked with, admitted that she found the spontaneity and ability to improvise in those scenes on Girls “exciting” at the time.
“Back when I was doing sex scenes (in Girls), they weren’t as directed as conversation scenes,” she said. “I can totally understand that some people might be uncomfortable with it, but that wasn’t the case. It was more arousing to me – not necessarily sexual or arousing, but I was curious to know what it would be like to be naked and do these actions in front of the sound engineer and all these different people.”
The 37-year-old, who played Jessa on the show, then wondered if measures to make actors feel comfortable on set – like intimacy coordinators – were making the environment too sanitized.
“Things are a lot more sanitized and everyone is protecting their ass,” she added. “My take is that you don’t always have to be comfortable on a film set as an actor. I don’t know where to draw the line, but it’s definitely a blur. (In as an actor), you’re supposed to be present in your emotions in that moment…I think maybe we turn the discomfort into something negative.”
The girls raced from 2012 to 2017.