Ciaran Hinds and his wife guided by the intimacy coordinator for the scene of the new TV show The Dry


Ciaran Hinds has revealed an intimacy coordinator choreographed a sex scene with his wife on the set of his new TV show.

The Belfast-born actor (69) said the supervisor had also worked with his actress daughter Aoife on popular BBC show Normal People.

Ciaran and his French-Vietnamese actress wife Hélène Patarot (68) are seen having sex against a dustbin in an alley in the third episode of the Irish comedy drama series The Dry.

He said of working with his 34-year-old partner: “I had a long talk with Paddy [Breatnach — the director] about this whole episode, and about the idea of ​​older people having fun behind trash cans.

“But he convinced me not to be embarrassed by it because it had to be something quite shocking, but also strange and quite funny as well.

“What’s weird is that we had an intimacy coordinator on set. You talk about how to handle sexual situations and sexual issues, and how to feel comfortable together on set.

“She knew we were married and said we probably wouldn’t need supervision.

“And indeed, Hélène had the time of her life, laughing so much.

“But the curious thing is that the intimacy coordinator had also been Aoife’s intimacy coordinator on Normal People.

“So basically she sexed the whole family.”

Ciaran and Helene’s daughter, Aoife (31), played Helen, “the other woman”, in Normal People.

The show highlighted the work of intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien – hailed as a post-#MeToo hero for ensuring actors feel comfortable simulating sex on screen .

BritBox Dublin show The Dry has been described as “Fleabag meets normal people with a Marian Keyes twist”.

It features heroine Shiv – played by Roisin Gallagher from The Fall – returning home from London and struggling to embrace a sober life and trying to reconnect with her father Tom, played by Ciaran.

Ciaran – who played Pop in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar-winning film Belfast – said it was his “first attempt at comedy-drama”.

He also revealed he was stunned when he saw Will Smith punch Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars as he sat alongside his Belfast co-star Dame Judi Dench (87). He said: “Myself and Dame Judi were parked quite close.

“And time seemed to stand still for about five seconds, and we really couldn’t believe our own eyes.

“And from where we sat, for a moment it looked like it might have been part of a routine or something staged.

“But then I saw Chris Rock and the look in his eyes and I thought, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no… We’re off script now’.”

Ciaran now lives in Donegal where he is filming the dark thriller In the Land of Saints and Sinners.

He plays villain opposite fellow Ballymena-born Liam Neeson (69).

He said, “We haven’t made a movie together in over 40 years, since Excalibur, so we decided to do it again.”

His other upcoming gigs include more television, another film and a performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale at the Gate Theater in Dublin.

He said of his monumental workload despite his age: “The real reason is that I’m cheap and I’m not picky.”


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