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Why Sharon Stone felt violated filming her first topless scene

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Hollywood actress Sharon Stone says shooting her first topless scene for the 1984 film Irreconcilable Differences was a harrowing experience.

At the time, Sharon Stone was an unknown, and she portrayed an aspiring actress who was discovered at a hot dog stand. She had a topless moment during production and had no protection from the voyeurism of everyone on site since there were no intimacy coordinators.

Stone has described how it’s proof that intimacy coordinators are required on film and TV sets in a recent edition of Attitude Magazine (via The Independent).

“They didn’t have [intimacy coordinators] in my day,” Stone said. “When I did my first movie, which was ‘Irreconcilable Differences,’ I had a topless scene. And they didn’t even clear the set. Everybody’s on set, like a million people on the set. And I take off my top and this actor screams, ‘Would you get out of the f***ing way? I can’t even see her t**s.’”

“I (was) so terrified. You know when you can hear your heartbeat in your ears? That’s all I could hear. And I hear him scream, Get out of the way. I can’t see her f*****g t**s.’ I’m just like, talk about no intimacy coordinator,” she continued.


Ryan O’Neal, Shelley Long, and a young Drew Barrymore also appeared in the 1984 comedy.

Many actresses, particularly young and unproven ones, feel compelled to pose topless or bare in movies. Many others, like Emilia Clarke, have spoken about how they learned to stand up for themselves and fight against the nud+y once they felt empowered to do so.

In an interview from November 2019, Stone discussed her experience filming the iconic “leg-crossing” sequence in Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 suspenseful thriller “Basic Instinct.”

Stone said while accepting a Woman of the Year award at the Berlin GQ Men of the Year Awards, “Some years ago I was sitting on a sound stage, and my director said, ‘Can you hand me your underpants because we’re seeing them in the scene and you shouldn’t have underpants on, but we won’t see anything.’ “I said, ‘Sure.’ I didn’t know this moment would change my life.”

Thankfully, intimacy coordinators exist today, allowing performers to feel at ease with how they present their bodies, particularly on programs like Euphoria that primarily involve s=x. When required, s=xual content may be included in stories, but it’s crucial to create an atmosphere where everyone feels supported, secure, and protected. At work, nobody should feel like a piece of meat.

The most recent edition of Attitude Magazine, which also includes a special on trans life and a performance by Rufus Wainwright, is available now.

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