How an Intimacy Coordinator Choreographs Sex Scenes

“So much energy is put into communicating things beforehand and setting up a safe space.”


Episode Notes

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to intimacy coordinator and director Marcus Watson, who oversees the performance of intimate scenes for film, TV, and theater. In the interview, Marcus discusses the increasing prevalence of his role in recent years, especially since the beginning of the #metoo moviement. He also details the conversations he has with performers and directors in order to establish boundaries for scenes that involve things like kissing and simulated sex.

After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss the awkwardness of performing and directing intimate scenes.

Mentioned in this episode: “The Many Contradictions of Owen Wilson,” by Isaac Butler

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Marcus talks about how his job has affected the way he watches movies and TV shows.

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