How Jenna Ortega Really Felt About Filming Racy Scene With Martin Freeman

An intimacy coordinator on the set of Miller's Girl has shared how Jenna Ortega really felt about filming the racy scene with Martin Freeman.
Credit: @jennaortega/Instagram & Lionsgate

An intimacy coordinator has revealed how Jenna Ortega really felt about filming a racy scene with Martin Freeman.

Fans have been going wild over a disturbing love scene between Ortega, 21, and Freeman, 52.

The age gap between the pairing has left the internet divided, to say the least.

But now, it’s been revealed how Ortega really felt about filming the controversial scene…

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You probably best know Ortega as the star of Wednesday, but she’s also had major roles in You, Scream, and X.

While Freeman is famous for The Hobbit, Sherlocks, and, of course, Love Actually.

A scene between the pair in the new black comedy movie Miller’s Girl has forced them into the headlines this week.

The film’s official IMDb synopsis reads: “A creative writing assignment yields complex results between a teacher and his talented student.”

This age-gap relationship is the crux of the film, so it’s not a surprise it’s generated some online debate.

Katie Walsh writes for the Los Angeles Times: “The movie strikes that wild, so-bad-it’s-entertaining chord vigorously. I can’t recommend Miller’s Girl but I also can’t recommend it enough.”

While Anhar Karim, for Forbes, pens: “Plenty of reviews have noted how this story feels like a throwback to movies of decades ago where a teacher would fall for a student. But [writer and director Jade Halley] Bartlett was well aware of how she was using this trope when writing this story, and also of what new ideas she was bringing to it.”

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The Miller’s Girl scene has left people feeling uncomfortable. Credit: Lionsgate

In one particular scene that’s been branded ‘disturbing’ by viewers, Jonathan Miller, played by Freeman, engages in some saucy activity with Ortega, who is playing the 18-year-old Cairo Sweet.

Many people are not happy about the scene, with one writing: “Bro I did not need to see Jenna Ortega and Martin Freeman getting it on on.”

Miller’s Girl spoiler. This scene is f***ing crazy,” another adds.

“I feel very weird while watching this or is it just me?? Sorry but not sorry bruh!” a third agrees.

And now an intimacy coordinator has spoken out about it how all went down…

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Kristina Arjona has opened up to the Daily Mail in a tell-all interview.

“There was many, many people throughout this process, engaging with [Ortega] to make sure that it was consistent with what she was comfortable with, and she was very determined and very sure of what she wanted to do,” she explains.

“Part of my job too is supporting her decisions. I adapt to whatever is the comfort level of my actors, especially on a production like this where there is a large age gap between the actors.”

She claims part of her job is to ensure that all actors (especially younger ones like Ortega) are giving ‘continuous consent’.

Arjona is also cognisant of the audiences for these more problematic love scenes, explaining that ‘they had some different variations of how they wanted to shoot these scenes so that audiences could watch them at test screenings to see what was too much’.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.