After abruptly leaving the “Scream” saga in support of her co-star Melissa Barrera, and as she prepares to star in the second part of the iconic film “Beetlejuice”, Jenna Ortega continues her rise in the cinema. The young 21-year-old actress is starring in the film “Miller’s Girl”, released on January 26, 2024 in the United States (and which does not yet have a French release date, editor’s note).
The actress shares the bill with Martin Freeman, and plays Cairo Sweet, a talented student who will fall under the spell of her teacher, a failed writer converted to teaching.
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The student and the professor, a classic trope
The story is not very original: the trope of the student who falls in love with her professor is omnipresent in pop culture, even if it is increasingly denounced. Many people believe that it romanticizes abusive relationships and grooming carried out by a person of authority.
Likewise, age differences between actresses and actors on film sets are increasingly being pointed out. And “Miller’s Girl” is no exception. On Internet users consider the scene “disturbing”, “shocking”, even “disgusting”.
Explanations from the intimacy coordinator
An increasingly common practice to protect actors and actresses, the production of “Miller’s Girl” called on an intimacy coordinator on the set. Questioned by the Daily Mail, Kristina Arjona affirms: Jenna Ortega was consulted at all stages of the creation of this scene, to ensure that she was comfortable. “Many, many people throughout this process have engaged with [Jenna] to make sure it was what she was comfortable with, and she was very determined and very sure of what she wanted to do,” she says.
She explains: “Part of my job is also to support his decisions. I adapt to the comfort level of my actors, especially on a production like this where there is a big age gap between the actors. actors. I’m hyper aware of both of my talents and making sure that we’re constantly checking in and that at no point are any of their boundaries being crossed. And again, making sure – especially with someone much younger – that she gives her continued consent.”
The specialist also specifies that, for all the simulated sex scenes, the two actors were equipped with special underwear and protection to ensure that an “appropriate distance” would be maintained. And of course, that both actors could stop at any time if they were not comfortable.
Different scenes tested in front of the public
Another factor to take into account: the production’s desire not to shock the public with a sex scene that is too crude. To do this, several variations were shot and presented to a test audience: “For this particular film, because of the sensitivity of the content, they had different variations of how they wanted to shoot these scenes so that the audience could watching them during test screenings to see what was too much.”
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