Elizabeth Hurley felt safe filming sex scene directed by her son

Elizabeth Hurley and Damian Hurley attend the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Elizabeth Hurley and Damian Hurley attend the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.Karwai Tang / WireImage
  • Elizabeth Hurley said she felt safe filming a sex scene directed by her son in "Strictly Confidential."

  • Hurley defended the decision, which shocked some fans, on "Access Hollywood."

  • She said that she preferred filming intimate scenes with someone she trusted would look after her.

Elizabeth Hurley said she felt "liberated" while filming a sex scene in a new movie directed by her son, Damian Hurley.

"Strictly Confidential," the 21-year-old's directorial debut, is a thriller about a woman whose best friend kills herself.

Some X users were shocked when they discovered Elizabeth Hurley would appear in a sex scene in her son's movie.

The closeness of the 58-year-old and her son previously caused controversy when she told "Watch What Happens Live" in 2018 that her son took her bikini photos.

On "Access Hollywood" on Sunday, the pair defended the bikini photography and the erotic movie.

"People find this really controversial," Damian Hurley said of the bikini pictures. "Show business has been a fundamental part of my life my entire life, so to us, it's just it's not a thing."

He added: "It's just part of business. She takes my photos. I take her photos."

Elizabeth Hurley said her son looked after her, which is why she felt comfortable shooting a sex scene in the upcoming movie and letting her son take her bikini pictures.

"It's relaxing knowing someone's behind the camera who looks out for you, which was the same on this movie in a way," she said, later adding: "I knew he'd look after me, so, actually, it's kind of liberating to work with your family. I may do it again."

Over the past few years, major productions have started to employ intimacy coordinators to create a safe environment for when actors perform nude or other intimate scenes. There are 79 professionally trained intimacy coordinators in the film and TV industry worldwide, according to SAG-AFTRA.

It is unclear whether an intimacy coordinator was used for Damian Hurley's movie because it's independent, so it may not have had the budget or time to afford a coordinator.

He told "Access Hollywood" that the crew had only 18 days to shoot the film, which is the norm for a low-budget independent movie.

"Every single second counts, you know," he said. "You can't sit around mulling over scenes, thinking, 'Oh, what if? Maybe.' You just have to go for it and do as much as you physically can as fast as — as fast as you physically can."

"Strictly Confidential" premieres in theaters on April 5.

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