Kathryn Hahn Talks Working With an Intimacy Coordinator on ‘Mrs. Fletcher’

Variety | 10/22/2019 | Ashley Hume

HBO’s new comedy “Mrs. Fletcher” follows the journey of an empty-nester divorcee who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and sexual exploration following her son’s departure for college. At the series premiere on Monday night at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, Kathryn Hahn discussed playing the titular role of Eve Fletcher, a middle-aged woman at first adrift and then adventurous upon being freed from the shackles of expectations that had defined her life.

“I love that we got to see a woman at this stage in the game with such a beautiful sense of courage and bravery to just try something new,” Hahn told Variety. “This quest to find her authentic self underneath a lifetime of identities and labels being prescribed to her, that’s she actually at a place where she’s like **** it, I’m ready to dig up who I am and it’s amazing.”

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Throughout the show, Hahn’s character struggles with her son’s absence and her concerns about his potentially toxic views of women and sex, which have been largely informed by internet porn and social media. Though it seems that these topics were rarely addressed on-screen between mother and child during his upbringing, Hahn explained that she and her husband have taken the opposite approach with their own kids.

“My son is almost 13, and we are incredibly open with talking about issues like that,” Hahn said. “The incredibly good thing in his scenario is that he had really great examples and that’s a huge start. Good examples are really huge.”

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In wake of the #MeToo era, HBO introduced a new policy mandating that an intimacy coordinator ­– a professional sex scene advisor — would monitor all projects. Hahn, who had never previously worked with an intimacy coordinator, said she was pleasantly surprised by the level of comfort it afforded the...
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