Jenna Ortega found herself in a controversial position, as she filmed an X-rated sex scene with co-star Martin Freeman, despite criticisms labelling the scene as "gross.”
In Miller's Girl the 21-year-old actress portrays Cairo Sweet, an 18-year-old student, while Martin, aged 52, portrays her teacher, Jonathan Miller.
Audiences promptly voiced their discomfort over witnessing the Wednesday actress partake in "gross" intimate scenes with the Sherlock star, who is 31 years her senior.
However, intimacy coordinator Kristina Arjona, in an exclusive statement to DailyMail.com, disclosed that Jenna actively participated in the selection of the provocative scenes.
“There was many, many people throughout this process, engaging with [Jenna] to make sure that it was consistent with what she was comfortable with, and she was very determined and very sure of what she wanted to do,” Kristina said.
She added, “Part of my job too is supporting her decisions. I adapt to whatever is the comfort level of my actors, especially on a production like this where there is a large age gap between the actors.”
She went on to say, “I'm hyper aware of both of my talent and making sure that we're consistently checking in and that at no point are any of their boundaries being surpassed. And again, making sure - especially with someone who's significantly younger - that they are giving continuous consent.”
Kristina conversed with Jenna and Martin regarding the extent of nudity required and the specific simulated sex scenes needed for the film.
She then guided the use of modesty garments and discussed additional measures to maintain an appropriate distance during filming.
The actors were provided with this information in written form 48 hours prior to filming the scenes, with Kristina emphasizing that they “also have the option on the day to change their mind if they don't want to do any of the elements that we've discussed.”
She highlighted extensive discussions among the cast and crew before shooting the scenes and mentioned the utilization of test audiences to gauge what was deemed excessive.
The intimacy controller shared, “For this film, in particular, because of the sensitivity of the content, they had some different variations of how they wanted to shoot these scenes so that audiences could watch them at test screenings to see what was too much.”
For the unversed, originally scripted as a stage production by Jade in 2011, the film made its theatrical debut on January 26 courtesy of Lionsgate, following its premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival earlier this year.
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