Jenna Ortega Discusses Controversial Sex Scene
Jenna Ortega’s newest role has people in shock, horror, and disgust. A steamy clip has been making its way online of the Wednesday alum in an upcoming film titled Miller’s Girl. The R-rated dark comedy film follows the inappropriate relationship between teacher Jonathan Miller (Martin Freeman, 52) and his student, Cairo Sweet (Ortega, 21). Because of their 30-year age gap, a snippet from an intimate scene between Freeman and Ortega’s character has been called so gross and inappropriate online. “Jenna Ortega and Martin Freeman… I’m uncomfortable,” wrote one person on X. Another said, “just thinking that jenna was in movies alongside paul rudd and martin freeman, who are about the same age, but in one she plays his daughter and in the other his ‘love interest’ which greatly disturbs me.” Another wrote: “It’s giving pedo vibes.”
The film’s intimacy coordinator, Kristina Arjona, is speaking out amid the backlash, assuring that Ortega was “comfortable” on set. Arjona described to the Daily Mail in a new interview how those scenes went down in the film, which is now in theaters. She stated that there were many crew members involved throughout the entire process, frequently checking in with the rising actress to make sure that it was “consistent with what she was comfortable with.” Arjona noted that Ortega was very determined and sure of what she wanted to do. The intimacy coordinator noted that she adapts to the comfort level of the actors, especially in cases like Miller’s Girl, where there is a large age gap between the actors.
Ensuring Everyone Is Comfortable
Arjona explained that she always checked in on the actors and made sure their boundaries weren’t being crossed. Additionally, they were given “continuous consent.” Ortega and Freeman had “simulated sex scenes,” where modesty garments were used as “additional barriers” to ensure that there was an “appropriate distance” between the two. Arjona added that the stars were able to “change their minds” about doing a certain “element” in an intimacy scene on the day of if they so wished. For this film, they had different variations of how they wanted to shoot the intimate scenes so that audiences could watch them at test screenings to see what was “too much,” Arjona explained.