Productions hire intimacy coordinators to help actors understand and feel safe in sexy scenes, but Jean Smart
" felt uneasy when she was contacted by her "coach" the night before a kissing scene. (Watch the interview above.)
“I get an email from the intimacy coach
telling me that she’s going to be on the set tomorrow just to make sure that everybody’s comfortable,” Smart said on “Late Night
” Thursday. “And I said, ‘Well, now I’m uncomfortable. I wasn’t uncomfortable before. Not your fault, I said, but now I feel like a jerk that you’re going to be standing there watching us slow-dance and then he kisses me.”
Smart, the “Designing Women” and “Watchmen” star with TV credits dating back to the late 1970s, suggested that intimacy coordinators might be difficult to adjust to.
“Oh, I thought it was so strange,” she exclaimed.
Her late husband, actor Richard Gilliland, who died in March, had a humorous reaction to her appointment with the intimacy coach, imagining what legendary Alabama football
Bryant would say if he was called on set to monitor a love scene.
“That would make a fantastic ‘SNL
’ sketch,” she said.