After abruptly leaving the “Scream” saga in favor of her co-star Melissa Barrera, and gearing up to star in the second installment of the iconic film “Beetlejuice,” Jenna Ortega continues her rise in cinema. The young 21-year-old actress is starring in the film “Miller’s Girl,” released in the United States on January 26, 2024 (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 gifted student who falls under the spell of her teacher, a failed writer turned educator.
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The student and the professor, a classic trope
The story isn’t very original: the trope of the student falling in love with her professor is ubiquitous in pop culture, even if it’s increasingly reviled. Many people believe that it romanticises abusive relationships and grooming by an authority figure.
Similarly, age differences between actresses and actors are increasingly pointed out on film sets. And “The Miller’s Girl” is no exception. Current internet users find the scene “disturbing”, “shocking”, even “disgusting”.
Clarification from the Intimacy Coordinator
An increasingly common practice to protect actors and actresses, the production of “The Miller’s Girl” called for an intimacy coordinator on set. Interviewed by the Daily Mail, Christina Arjona confirmed: Jenna Ortega was consulted at all stages of the creation of the scene, to make sure she was comfortable. “Many, many people were involved with (Jenna) during this process to make sure this was what suited her, and she was very determined and very sure of what she wanted to do,” she says. says
She explains: “Part of my job is also to support her decisions. I adapt to the comfort level of my actors, especially in a production like this where there is a big age gap between actors and actresses. I am very aware of both my talents and Making sure we’re constantly checking and never crossing any of their boundaries. And again, making sure — especially with someone much younger — that she gives her constant consent.”
The expert also clarifies that, for all simulated sex scenes, both actors were equipped with special underwear and protection to ensure that “proper distance” would be maintained. And of course, both actors can stop at any time if they are not comfortable.
Tested against people in different scenes
Another factor to consider: the production’s desire not to shock people with sex scenes that are too brutal. To do this, several variations were shot and presented to test audiences: “For this particular film, due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, there were different variations of how they wanted to shoot these scenes so that the audience could see them during the test. Screening to see what was excessive.”
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