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Hollywood's fastest growing job takes on sex scenes

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Published on October 16, 2019 - Duration: 01:36s

Hollywood's fastest growing job takes on sex scenes

Two years after a sexual harassment scandal roiled Hollywood, one of the fastest growing jobs in the entertainment industry is that of the intimacy coordinator.

Tamara Lindstrom reports.

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Hollywood's fastest growing job takes on sex scenes

Students in this Los Angeles classroom are learning a brand new skill.

[UPSOUND: "Here's a new idea..."] They're training to become Intimacy Coordinators - one of the fastest growing jobs in Hollywood.

Two years after a series of sex scandals involving powerful men like Harvey Weinstein roiled Hollywood, the industry is taking a new approach to on-camera sex scenes.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) INTIMACY COORDINATOR, DIRECTOR, LEAD INSTRUCTOR AT INTIMACY DIRECTORS INTERNATIONAL JESSICA STEINROCK SAYING: "People are feeling more free to share their stories and their history.

And we do have a long history of not the best treatment of scenes of intimacy." Jessica Steinrock of Intimacy Directors International is working to grow a new field of professionals to choreograph TV and movie scenes involving sex or nudity, and help actors, producers and directors communicate on the set.

Heather Maria Acs is one of Steinrock's students.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) STUDENT HEATHER MARIA ACS SAYING: "One thing that I will take away from this workshop is how powerful a 'yes' can be when there is the option to say no.

And how powerful and 'no' can be, when we know that it's safe to say yes." The future intimacy coordinators ensure that actors are not exploited or uncomfortable, whether the script calls for a kiss or a rape scene.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) INTIMACY COORDINATOR, DIRECTOR, LEAD INSTRUCTOR AT INTIMACY DIRECTORS INTERNATIONAL JESSICA STEINROCK SAYING: "We put so much care and effort into scenes of heightened physical violence, right?

We have it choreographed, we have stunt coordinators.

We really take care of people in those kinds of scenes.

But scenes of intimacy have kind of been left, you know, sometimes a little too alone." Before the #MeToo and Time's up movements, actors were often left to fend for themselves in establishing boundaries.

Now HBO and Showtime are using intimacy coordinators on set, and the Screen Actors Guild is working to establish their training and protocols in an effort to stop sexual misconduct.

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