Sex Education’s second series has dropped on Netflix and fans are already busy binge-watching all the episodes.
With a show full of sex scenes, bosses hired Ita O’Brien, who is an ‘on-set intimacy co-ordinator’, to help the actors before the scenes in a comfortable environment.
According to Ita, her job entails making sure the actors, producers and directors are all “comfortable” with how the raunchy scenes are being filmed.
She revealed she does this by finding out the actor’s needs in terms of nudity or sex and then works with the director to see how they can create their vision while making sure the actors are okay with the awkward and often “uncomfortable” scenes which are filmed in front of “a lot of people”.
Ita also works closely with the wardrobe department to help them find the “correct” nudity patches or genitalia cushions which are used to cover the actor’s privates whilst also not coming up on the camera.
Speaking to News.com.au, Ita said it is “important” for the actors to say “no” when they feel uncomfortable following the MeToo movement.
She told the publication: “We want to know your ‘no’. We want to know what’s not suitable for you as a person, and we can work creatively with an actor with your agreement and consent and help the production.
“When we work from a clear ‘yes’ from the actors, it’ll be a way better sex scene because the actor can be free, they can be open, which you can see from the scenes in Sex Education.”
On the secrets behind the scenes, Ita said intimacy co-ordinators are skilled to choreograph the scenes to make them look realistic.
She continued: “We have an understanding of physicality, body movements and anatomy, and of an actor’s process and how they can serve the script.
“And then once you get in front of the camera, your actors can be free because they know they can trust where they’re going to be touched and where they’re touching their fellow actor.
“If the choreography isn’t there, the audience will say (it) doesn’t look real.”
Netflix’s Sex Education series 2 is available to binge-watch on the platform now