Ophelia Lovibond's "Minx" has wowed international audiences, and she shared details on the show's kissing scenes and the help they got from an intimacy coordinator.
"Minx" is a female empowerment comedy set in the 1970s. It follows feminist Joyce Prigger (Ophelia Lovibond) in her quest to launch a female-focus erotic magazine in Los Angeles.
The main difficulty on her path is the misogynist society in the Californian media landscape. Joyce teams up with erotic magazine publisher Doug (Jake Johnson) to fulfill her dream, but things take unexpected but hilarious twists.
Ophelia Lovibond on July 10, 2013, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
While "Minx" takes place in the 1970s, the topics it addresses – misogyny, sexism, coercive control, gaslighting, harassment, cat-calling – remain current.
Joyce and her team include feminist issues in the magazine in a "palatable" way so that we, the audience, understand that those problems never left – they just evolved. Lovibond said:
"I hope maybe everyone, not just women, realizes that these problems are still happening and they shouldn't be, so let's address that."
Ophelia Lovibond on March 08, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
In one episode, the typically conservative Joyce sleeps with the magazine's cover star, Shane (Taylor Zakhar Perez), even though she feels she shouldn't do it because of her position of power.
Eventually, Joyce realizes it is the experience she needs to run her magazine. It also helps her embrace that women have a sex drive, too. Denying or not recognizing that as a woman's valuable asset worth celebrating is "just being prudish."
"Minx" shocks audiences from the get-go with what Lovibond described as a "penis montage" – a scene where a group of men poses nude as part of an audition to appear in the first issue of Joyce's magazine.
Lovibond pointed out that her show flipped standard on-screen nudity practices because, in most Hollywood productions, women are the ones showing their bodies. Still, she said people should not attach so much power to nudity.
Intimacy coordinators are gaining popularity in Hollywood.
For the penis montage, the production ensured everything went as smoothly as possible. They had an intimacy coordinator on set so that everyone felt safe and comfortable with it.
Lovibond explained that nothing was improvised thanks to their intimacy coordinator. Everything was choreographed, nobody was forced to do anything they didn't want to, and every actor in the montage knew what they would do.
Apart from that, the "Minx" production went the extra mile to make the actors feel comfortable and privately shot the montage scene. Lovibond added:
"With the other actors where there's lots of full-frontal nudity, lots of prosthetics were involved. Carleigh Herbert, our head of makeup, was fantastic."
Seeing so many male members were initially unusual for Lovibond, but she eventually got used to it because it is natural. She pointed out she was in a workplace, so everyone was professional about it, and nobody did anything inappropriate.
Ophelia Lovibond is not the only actress who praised the inclusion of an intimacy coordinator in a project. Chris Pine had one in "All the Old Knives," he described it as having an old lady telling him how to have sex. Intimacy coordinators are gaining popularity in Hollywood.