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Neil Patrick Harris Reflected On ~That~ Sex Scene In “Gone Girl” And Revealed That He And Rosamund Pike Were Told To “Rehearse” By Themselves

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Shooting sex scenes can be uncomfortable for even the most experienced actors, and so it’s no surprise that intimacy coordinators are commonplace on movie sets today.

An intimacy coordinator is someone who works on film sets where actors are required to perform sex scenes and other onscreen scenarios that might make them feel vulnerable, including those that feature nudity.

The role includes working closely with both crew members and actors to make sure that everyone feels comfortable on the shoot. They also choreograph the intimate scenes and provide actors with an important outlet to help advocate for their needs and boundaries while shooting.

A huge increase in demand for intimacy coordinators came following the #MeToo movement, with more actors speaking out about their experiences on sets.

Since then, employing an expert to oversee intimate content has become pretty standard in the US, with HBO leading the charge in 2018 by making intimacy coordinators a requirement for all TV shows that simulate sex or nudity.

And despite huge developments in recent years, these kind of roles weren’t always required on sets, and, as such, plenty of actors — including Emilia Clarke, Kate Winslet, and Salma Hayek — have spoken out about being placed in uncomfortable situations while shooting sex scenes and nudity.

Now, Neil Patrick Harris is also reflecting on his experiences both with and without intimacy coordinators in place.

Harris is currently starring in the Netflix series Uncoupled, which focuses on his character’s return to the dating pool after 17 years while navigating new sexual practices in the process.

When asked about what it was like to work with a trained coordinator to shoot the show’s sex scenes, he revealed to Elle that it was the first time he’s ever worked with one.

“[It] was actually kind of great. I had never worked with one before,” he began, going on to explain why having intimacy coordinators is so essential on film and TV sets.

“Every time you’re doing a scene with any kind of intimacy, it makes perfect sense to have someone that’s there that’s going to be aware of anything you’re planning on doing and, if anyone is uncomfortable with anything, they can go to the coordinator to make that clear,” he said.

This prompted Harris to reflect on his involvement in the 2014 thriller movie Gone Girl, in which he performed a pretty intense sex scene alongside costar Rosamund Pike.

If you haven’t seen the movie, he is referring to a pivotal scene in the latter half of the film where his character, Desi, gets violently stabbed to death by his ex-girlfriend Amy (Pike) while the pair are having sex.

It goes without saying that the scene is incredibly graphic, both in terms of violence and sexual content. But the film’s creators didn’t call on the help of an intimacy coordinator — instead, they left Harris and Pike to figure the scene out on their own.

“They said, like, ‘Go rehearse that and present it to us,’” Harris said, reflecting on the shoot. “Rosamund and I just rehearsed how we wanted to have the sex scene happen,” he added.

He went on to explain that he and Pike were then tasked with the awkward job of scoping out the film’s director, David Fincher, and performing the scene for him to get some feedback.

“We had to go find David Fincher, who was in another room, and he came back in and sat there while we showed him. He was like, ‘Yeah, that will work.’ But that was different times,” he said.

This is in contrast to how many sex scenes are handled today.

Speaking about her experience shooting sex scenes in Euphoria, Sydney Sweeney has talked openly about how much she benefited from having someone to advocate for her on set, particularly when negotiating with the director can feel a bit awkward.

“They are there to be that protection when you may not feel it is your place to speak up, even though it is, but it helps you in those moments where it’s difficult to do so,” she told the website Roger Ebert in 2020.

“Of course, you don’t want to tell a director, ‘No.’ You want to make their vision come to life. So if you’re doing a scene fifteen times and you don’t want to say, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this anymore,’ the intimacy coordinator will tell the director, ‘Okay, one more take,’” she went on.

“They’ll walk you through everything that is going to happen and even if you’ve signed a contract saying, ‘Yes, I’m going to do this or show this,’ you can still change your mind,” she added. “You can tell that person, ‘I don’t feel comfortable doing that,’ and they will be the ones who communicate that so you won’t feel as bad.”

Correction: An intimacy coordinator was used on the third season of Glow in 2019. A previous version of this post misstated which show had been the first Netflix production to employ an intimacy coordinator and when.

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Joe Sugg sends hidden message to Dianne Buswell as he spends Christmas with his family

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Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell might be thousands of miles apart this Christmas, but they are still very much on each other’s minds.

Whilst the Strictly Come Dancing pro partner has been gushing about reuniting with her parents, her brothers and her nieces, and hitting the beach, Joe has returned to Somerset to spend time with friends and family.

The 31-year-old has been documenting his “wonderful trip to the shire” and couldn’t help but send girlfriend Dianne a hidden message.

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Whilst gushing about his stay “at the amazing Court Farm”, a lovingly restored 16th Century farmhouse in Somerset, Joe sent Dianne a décor hint, revealing: “I kinda want our house to look like this!

Joe has travelled to Somerset to see family and friends

The gorgeous bedroom, as shown in a photo posted on his Instagram Stories, boasts a superking bed under a vintage chandelier, with an authentic barn door which opens onto a bathroom with both a huge walk-in shower and contemporary roll top bath.

Joe also praised the log burner, keeping him warm during his stay. “You cannot beat a good log burner this time of year,” he wrote.

The couple fell in love whilst taking part on Strictly Come Dancing

The theme would no doubt work well in Joe and Dianne’s country home in Sussex. The couple met on Strictly in 2018 and swapped their London flat for their first home together complete with a beautiful garden boasting uninterrupted country views.

Joe went on to reveal to his followers that he was visiting Lacock, a village in the county of Wiltshire.

“Forever grateful for this beautiful village where I grew up,” he said.

He then visited The Lacock Bakery and showed its gorgeous window display, which featured a copy of his book, Grow: How Nature Can Restore Balance in a Busy World.

“I used to go to this bakery as a toddler in my pushchair and now look! I left a special message in this book,” he remarked.

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A look inside ABC star David Muir’s intensely private personal life

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ABC star David Muir has long kept fans guessing about his personal life, refusing to share details online or across social media sites like many of his colleagues. But fans do know that David is still on the market and he’s not married, although it remains unclear if he is even dating.

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In fact, as the video below explains, despite being connected to several other high profile TV personalities, there’s only one certain someone who does take up David’s time…

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Despite numerous reports of romance for the World News Tonight anchor, David has always refused to publicly address his love life, but has been vocal about a number of leading ladies who he holds dear to his heart.

Kelly Ripa is one of those special people, so much so that the Live with Kelly and Ryan star paid a heartfelt tribute to David in her book, Live Wire.

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An extract from the book – which is released on 27 September – was posted on Kelly’s Instagram Stories over the weekend, and the message is included on a page of acknowledgements.

It read: “To David Muir, you are the backbone and moral compass I need sometimes.”

Kelly and David have been close friends for years

His fellow ABC star, Amy Robach, is also a firm favorite of David’s and they have been known to spend time together both on and off-screen.

His sister, Rebecca, is close with David and he calls his many nieces and nephews his “squad,” and says he’s incredibly proud of all of them.

At home, it’s his beloved gun dog, Axel, who has his heart, as he regularly shares adorable photos with the pup, who he is clearly besotted with. 

That’s not to say he hasn’t had his fair share of marriage proposals though! Not a day goes by when he isn’t flooded with compliments from his adoring fans on social media. 

But alas, the dedicated journalist is practically married to his job, leaving little time for love!

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Al Roker sparks emotional reaction as he mourns sad loss

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Al Roker shared some sad news with fans on Thursday as he paid an emotional tribute to an influential figure in his life.

The Today star – who made a shock departure announcement this week – took to Instagram to pay his respects to legendary Jamaican-born Philadelphian producer, arranger, and songwriter Thom Bell, who sadly died aged 79, although his cause of death has not been disclosed.

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Sharing a photo of Thom, Al wrote: “Legendary Philadelphia producer Thom Bell passing away at 79. His music was the soundtrack of my life.

“From The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Delfonics, The Stylistics to Elton John, he was part of that distinctive Sound Of Philadelphia. Thank you for your gift.”

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Many of Al’s followers were saddened by the news and left crying-face and praying hand emojis in the comments as well as paying their own emotional tributes to the late music star.

Al paid tribute to Thom Bell

“Such a tremendous loss of an amazing talent that was able to capture and create a sound like no other,” replied one. A second wrote: “Rest in Peace. Love the music you shared with us. Prayers for his family.”

A third shared their condolences while also wishing Al a speedy recovery, writing: “Sad news – wonderful legacy. I hope you are continuing to feel better and stronger. @todayshow is not the same without you.”

It’s been a particularly hard time for Al over the past few weeks, as not only has he been recovering after having blood clots on his lungs, but he also faced the devastating news that his sister Patricia had passed away shortly after he was discharged from hospital.

Al is recovering at home with his family

The TV star, who has been a part of Today for over 25 years, was admitted to the hospital shortly after Thanksgiving due to blood clots and remained hospitalized for over two weeks.

Al, who has taken an absence from the show ever since, gave an update to viewers from home last week. “It has been a tough slog. I’m not going to lie. It has been the hardest one yet and I’ve had my share of surgeries.

He continued: “I have a lot of things and people to be thankful for. It gives you a profound sense of gratitude for this outpouring of prayers and thanks.”

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