Even the most casual viewer of Outlander will note the show’s intense and passionate sex scenes. The popular Starz series, about to start its sixth season, has been praised for showing “the female gaze,” especially when it comes to the main characters, Claire and Jamie, whose mutual desire and partnership is a refreshing departure from the norm. And the chemistry between Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan is also, quite frankly, very hot.
But while sex has always been integral to the story and relationships on Outlander, the upcoming season will explore moments of intimacy in an even more nuanced way, thanks to a new addition to the team: an intimacy coordinator.
“I brought on board the intimacy advisor Vanessa Coffey because with intimate scenes, it’s important that everyone is protected, but also we find a way to explore these scenes and actually maybe get something more out of them,” Heughan revealed during a recent podcast chat, per Parade. “I think this season we’ve done an even better job with those types of scenes because she really helped us understand what we are doing and how we build up this relationship and take it somewhere else, so she’s been terrific.”
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An intimacy coordinator is someone who, well, coordinates the intimacy, kind of like a fight choreographer for sex scenes, who talks to multiple departments and works with the actors so everyone knows what’s going to happen in the scene and is comfortable with it. (We have a great conversation with Bridgerton’s intimacy coordinator you can read here if you’re curious about the role.)
Intimacy coordinators have become much more common in recent years, but they weren’t the norm when Outlander premiered in 2014, a shift Heughan reflected on. “I got into this in a very different time and the Starz network was different, but also the industry was different, and so we really didn’t know what we were doing…. We were thrown in the deep end and had to learn through the experience, so I think it’s been really great to bring Vanessa on board to help younger actors with less experience.”
We can’t wait to see what they’ve all been working on when Outlander season 6 airs in the UK this Sunday 6th March on Amazon Prime Video!
This story was originally published on Glamour.com