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Martin Freeman defends ‘Miller’s Girl’ amid controversy over erotic scenes



Freeman addresses criticism of the age gap with Jenna Ortega in controversial new film, argues for artistic expression

Martin Freeman, the 52-year-old actor, recently responded to the growing backlash surrounding his latest film, “Miller’s Girl,” which features provocative scenes between his character and an 18-year-old student played by 21-year-old Jenna Ortega. The film, released by Lionsgate, delves into a complex relationship fraught with ethical and moral challenges, sparking significant controversy and criticism due to its erotic content and the notable age gap between the lead actors.

In a recent interview with The Times, Freeman described the film as “grown-up and nuanced,” suggesting that the controversy surrounding it is unwarranted. He drew comparisons to other films involving sensitive topics, questioning if similar criticisms should apply to those as well, notably referencing Liam Neeson’s role in “Schindler’s List” as an example of challenging but important storytelling.

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“Miller’s Girl” portrays a young student named Cairo who becomes deeply involved with her teacher through a school assignment that spirals into a personal and intense interaction. The film attempts to explore the boundaries of student-teacher relationships and the consequences of blurring personal and professional lines.

Jenna Ortega has yet to make a public comment regarding her role in the film. However, the production’s intimacy coordinator, Kristina Arjona, emphasized the extensive measures taken to ensure the comfort and consent of all actors involved, particularly given the sensitive nature of the scenes and the age difference between Freeman and Ortega.

Arjona explained that she and her team worked closely with Ortega to maintain an environment where she felt empowered and secure in her decisions regarding the film’s intimate scenes. This involved continuous check-ins and the option for the actress to alter her participation should she feel uncomfortable at any point during the filming process.

Despite the precautions and the intentions behind the film, “Miller’s Girl” continues to face scrutiny and debate. Critics argue that the film could glamorize or normalize inappropriate relationships, while supporters claim it is a poignant exploration of human complexity and the often-messy realities of personal growth and artistic expression.

As the conversation around “Miller’s Girl” unfolds, it highlights the ongoing tension between artistic freedom and the societal responsibilities of filmmakers, especially when dealing with provocative themes and dynamics.


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