Saudi Sisters

Kissing, Violence, Simulated Sex: Stellina Rusich Talks About Intimacy Coordinators on Set

June 08, 2021 Aixa Kay & Ida Alkusay Season 1 Episode 5
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Kissing, Violence, Simulated Sex: Stellina Rusich Talks About Intimacy Coordinators on Set
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Kissing, Violence, Simulated Sex: Stellina Rusich Talks About Intimacy Coordinators on Set
Jun 08, 2021 Season 1 Episode 5
Aixa Kay & Ida Alkusay

Intimacy Coordinating is a fascinating area of work that seems to be gaining momentum ever since the #MeToo movement.  In this episode Aixa and Ida ask Acting Coach Stellina Rusich about the role of Intimacy Coordinators on set.

"Don't be bullied to doing something,"  Stellina cautions.  "It's been going on for years because no body speaks truth to power, and everyone is afraid to lose their job."  A question to ask yourself is "Is it good for your career?"

She advises actors, "If you're asked to do something just know that you can say no, I'm not comfortable with that. I will do this, but not do that."

But even when there are no intimacy coordinators on set, there are ways for the actors to feel empowered.  "Make sure for your own safety that you've talked to your partner," she says.  "that you have an agreement, a bond with your partner, so at least the two of you know that you're not going to be crossing the line."

Stellina Rusich Website:
https://www.stellinacoaching.com

Additional Reading:
https://people.com/movies/sharon-stone-says-she-cant-stop-directors-xxx-cut-of-basic-instinct-from-coming-out/

https://www.vox.com/2018/11/26/18112531/bernardo-bertolucci-maria-schneider-last-tango-in-paris

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/05/game-of-thrones-the-handmaids-tale-them-tv-sexual-violence/618782/



Show Notes

Intimacy Coordinating is a fascinating area of work that seems to be gaining momentum ever since the #MeToo movement.  In this episode Aixa and Ida ask Acting Coach Stellina Rusich about the role of Intimacy Coordinators on set.

"Don't be bullied to doing something,"  Stellina cautions.  "It's been going on for years because no body speaks truth to power, and everyone is afraid to lose their job."  A question to ask yourself is "Is it good for your career?"

She advises actors, "If you're asked to do something just know that you can say no, I'm not comfortable with that. I will do this, but not do that."

But even when there are no intimacy coordinators on set, there are ways for the actors to feel empowered.  "Make sure for your own safety that you've talked to your partner," she says.  "that you have an agreement, a bond with your partner, so at least the two of you know that you're not going to be crossing the line."

Stellina Rusich Website:
https://www.stellinacoaching.com

Additional Reading:
https://people.com/movies/sharon-stone-says-she-cant-stop-directors-xxx-cut-of-basic-instinct-from-coming-out/

https://www.vox.com/2018/11/26/18112531/bernardo-bertolucci-maria-schneider-last-tango-in-paris

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2021/05/game-of-thrones-the-handmaids-tale-them-tv-sexual-violence/618782/