Amanda Seyfried first appeared in television shows As The World Turns and All My Children between the years of 1999 and 2003. She was shot to teen stardom for her role as Karen Smith in Mean Girls in 2004 when she was just 19. But according to a new interview with Porter Magazine, she says her early career was very uncomfortable at times and that she never spoke up in fear of her losing her job.
Speaking with the publication Seyfried said she “wishes she could be coming up now, in an era where intimacy coordinators are an on-set requirement and actors are in a better position to speak up.” The actress added that she emerged from her young 20s “pretty unscathed.” It doesn’t prevent her from being shocked at what occurred however.
She didn’t share many details on particular occasions but did reveal, “Being 19, walking around without my underwear on — like, are you kidding me? How did I let that happen? Oh, I know why: I was 19 and I didn’t want to upset anybody and I wanted to keep my job. That’s why.”
New series like Bridgerton and Normal People have been praised for their use of intimacy coordinators, now a requirement on film and television sets in the wake of the #MeToo movement. “If we didn’t have an intimacy coordinator, it would be our director, who was a male, coming up to me and telling me what to do,” Phoebe Dynevor recalled in an interview on filming Bridgerton. “That would have been awkward.”
West Side Story star Rachel Zegler has shared her own praise of the use of an intimacy coordinator. On social media she wrote, “I was extremely grateful for the one we had on ‘West Side Story’ — they showed grace to a newcomer like myself and educated those around me who’ve had years of experience. Spontaneity in intimate scenes can be unsafe. Wake up.”