Dominic West Supports Ruth Wilson's Claims of Feeling Unsafe on 'The Affair' Set

Actor Dominic West supports co-star Ruth Wilson's claims of feeling unsafe on the set of 'The Affair,' highlighting ongoing concerns about actor safety, especially in intimate scenes, and the need for better protocols.

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Dominic West Supports Ruth Wilson's Claims of Feeling Unsafe on 'The Affair' Set

Dominic West Supports Ruth Wilson's Claims of Feeling Unsafe on 'The Affair' Set

Actor Dominic West has voiced his support for his former co-star Ruth Wilson's claims about feeling unsafe on the set of their TV series 'The Affair.' West acknowledged that Wilson's concerns about the show's atmosphere, particularly regarding intimate scenes, were "absolutely right."

Wilson, who starred on the show from 2014 to 2018, had previously stated that she "didn't feel safe" at certain points during filming and had to speak up to protect herself. "There were times on set when things didn't feel right, and I had to speak up and protect myself," Wilson said. She also expressed a wish that the show had hired an intimacy coordinator to navigate the awkward sex scenes, finding the lack of instruction and discussion around them to be "desperately awkward" and "exploitative."

West, known for his roles in shows like 'The Wire,' lent credibility to Wilson's perspective, saying he experienced similar issues on set. "Ruth's criticisms of her experience on the show were absolutely right," West affirmed. The show's co-creator, Sarah Treem, has refuted claims of a hostile work environment that led to Wilson's departure, stating that she tried to protect the actress and shoot sex scenes safely and respectfully.

Why this matters: Wilson's claims and West's support highlight ongoing concerns about the treatment of actors, particularly women, in intimate and vulnerable scenes on television and film sets. The issue has gained increased attention in recent years, with calls for better protocols, the use of intimacy coordinators, and a greater emphasis on actor safety and comfort.

In addition to addressing the issues on 'The Affair' set, West briefly commented on the media frenzy surrounding photos of him appearing to kiss his 'Pursuit of Love' co-star Lily James, noting that he and his wife have occasionally joked about the situation. West also discussed his own acting preferences, with his wife, who is "genuinely upper class, telling him he is "much better in the working-class parts."

Key Takeaways

  • Dominic West supports Ruth Wilson's claims about feeling unsafe on 'The Affair' set.
  • Wilson expressed concerns about the show's atmosphere, especially regarding intimate scenes.
  • Wilson wished the show had hired an intimacy coordinator to navigate sex scenes.
  • The show's co-creator refuted claims of a hostile work environment leading to Wilson's departure.
  • The article highlights ongoing concerns about actor safety, especially for women, in intimate scenes.