NEW Interview with Lauren Lyle, Cesar Domboy and Intimacy Coordinator Vanessa Coffey From TV Line   Leave a comment

Here is a NEW Interview with Lauren Lyle , Cesar Domboy and Vanessa Coffey From TV Line

From TV Line:

When Outlander‘s Marsali gave birth in Sunday’s episode, her husband Fergus wasn’t the only coach on hand.

Vanessa Coffey, an intimacy coordinator the Starz series brought on board this season, was deeply involved in the way the historical drama approached and shot the highly emotional, physically revealing scene.

More after the jump!

Star Lauren Lyle tells TVLine that ardent readers of Diana Gabaldon’s books, on which the show is based, had made her aware of the big moment years ago, soon after she landed the part. In Episode 2, Lyle’s character Marsali is in slowly progressing, increasingly worrisome labor when her husband Fergus helps things along by kissing and caressing her bare breast. The camera leaves the room before his ministrations go farther and then ultimately work; Marsali delivers a baby boy, Henri-Christian, by the end of the episode.

“The godsend is that everything is prosthetic,” Lyle says, laughing. “So that’s lovely and very helpful.” Even more important, she adds, was Coffey’s part in the proceedings. “We had good conversations and figured out why is it that that’s happening and what we wanted to do with it. So we worked it out, and it was great.”

César Domboy, who plays Fergus, chimes in. “It’s almost like a choreography at some point, because it’s me and Lauren literally going beat after beat, like, ‘OK, should we do this? Should I move there?’ Because you have to be aesthetic at some point, and to sell something like that, it has to be watchable… We found our rhythm.”

On Monday, TVLine spoke in depth with Coffey about teaming up with Lyle, Domboy and the show’s production staff to make the scene work for everyone involved.

TVLINE | Correct me if I’m wrong, but an intimacy coordinator is basically someone who’s on set, acting as a liaison between the actors and production, making sure everyone’s comfortable with what’s happening and just kind of being concerned with the logistics and the practicalities of putting a scene like this together. Did I get any part of that wrong?
You didn’t get any part of that wrong, but there are a few more things to it, which is to research the scene itself, the nature of the scene, particularly for something like this because it was so specific, with what would be required to bring on birth. And also for the time period as well so just doing research on that and also the choreography element of it as well. Where are arms, where are limbs going, exactly what the placement is going to look like so we can tell the story appropriately through the body.


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