During a current episode of Pod Meets World, the podcast hosted by Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, and Will Friedle, the previous costars mentioned the awkward expertise of taking pictures intimate scenes as younger actors.
In the episode, Friedle, who performed Eric Matthews, recalled his first onscreen kiss, which was filmed when he was 17 years previous. “The script said, ‘and they kiss…a good kiss,'” the actor, now 46, said. He then requested visitor star Kerri Russel what precisely that meant. “Without missing a beat, she said, ‘Tongue.’ I will never forget that,” he stated.
Friedle additionally mirrored on enjoying one of many present’s heartthrobs who dated quite a lot of women, which he described as “horribly uncomfortable” and “really creepy,” in keeping with Buzzfeed News.
“Everyone talks like, ‘Oh man, you get to kiss all those girls!’ But it’s not as awesome as you might think it is,” he stated throughout the episode, which aired on Thursday. “It really is horribly uncomfortable, and to do it in front of an audience and hearing people go ‘woo’ and all this, it’s really uncomfortable.”
Fishel and Strong—who performed Topanga Lawrence and Shawn Hunter, respectively—agreed, with Strong including, “There were times when it was fun, but other times when it wasn’t, and it just really depended on the person.”
The former castmates additionally made some extent to deal with the “power disparity” happening between them as regular actors and the visitor actors who had been introduced in for them to kiss.
“It puts the [guest] actor in a position of saying: ‘I’m not gonna say I don’t want you to put your tongue down my throat,'” Friedle defined.
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Strong then talked about how a lot they might have benefitted from an intimacy coordinator on the time, which his co-hosts agreed with.
“The function of an intimacy coordinator makes a lot sense to me,” he stated. “I love the idea. That never existed, and now it’s become pretty standard on set and I love it. I’ve never worked with one personally, but I totally think that it’s a necessary role because you can’t just trust that a director or a producer is going to have the experience or the delicate tone that is required of that situation.”
“I think having an assigned person just to navigate that with the actors is great and an essential role,” Friedle chimed in.
“You weren’t really supposed to say, ‘I don’t want to do this. I don’t feel comfortable,'” Fishel added. “You’re a prop; as an actor you say the words and do what’s written on the page, no questions asked.”
Strong added, “Having autonomy as a child actor could be very troublesome. It’s so unhealthy.”
Friedle, Strong, and Fishel launched “Pod Meets World” again in June. Every week, they rewatch an episode of their show, which they have not seen for the reason that ’90s, and analyze it from their grownup views.
The podcast is obtainable on Spotify and Apple Music, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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