I May Destroy You sex scene co-ordinator reveals even crew were offered counselling after harrowing abuse scenes

I MAY Destroy You sex scene co-ordinator Ita O'Brien has revealed that even the crew were offered counselling following the show's harrowing abuse scenes.

The hard-hitting BBC show written by Michaela Coel covers the topics of date rape and consent.

Intimacy co-ordinator Ita choreographed the sex scenes on the series which saw actors film episodes of sexual assault including drug rape, gay rape and stealthing – where a man removes a condom secretly during intercourse.

Ita explained how in addition to her role on set, another individual was brought in to provide both cast and crew with any emotional or physical support needed after the abuse scenes were shot.

Ita told BBC's Newsbeat: "It's not just for the actors.

"It's for the entire crew because when you have a challenging subject matter, you don't know who's going to be triggered by that."

She added: "You need to take care across the board."

The show's creator, Michaela – who also plays lead character Arabella – revealed how important it was for her to make sure her actors felt comfortable and proud of any intimate scenes they were in.

She told Express.co.uk: “I think you have to be willing as content makers now more than ever to change things.

“The minute you sense discomfort in actors, there are other actors in this show, sometimes you just have to be looking and trying, we just have to keep trying.

"So it's about seeing ‘Does this person seem a little bit uncomfortable?’ and going in and just checking and… I don't know if we're always gonna get it right."

The Bafta winner added: "But I think the point is, we have to keep actively, relentlessly trying to make sure that by the time this comes on TV and the actors are watching it, they feel proud of the thing that they were in rather than cringing at a memory where they had to do something that they felt really uncomfortable doing, because it ruins it for them."

Viewers have praised the show's portrayal of sexual encounters from period sex, threesomes and scenes of sexual assault.

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