If you watched last night’s The Deuce season three premiere, or any other episode of the series for that matter, then you know sex scenes make up a large portion of the show. Since the beginning of the series, Emily Meade, who plays sex-worker-turned-adult-film-star Lori Madison, has been a main player in many of these scenes. And it was only after some deep soul searching that she realized something needed to change.
“I was getting older and more sensitive and more honest with myself about my relationship with having to do a high volume of sex scenes,” the 30-year-old Deuce star told PureWow during an exclusive interview.
That self-awareness, coupled with the advent of two movements that would change the entertainment industry forever, left Meade asking herself some tough questions. “When everything happened with Time’s Up and the Me Too movement and our show became a part of that conversation, I did a lot of moral inventory and tried to reflect and ask myself what ways I had helped perpetuated the issue by either being silent about my own feelings or what I’m witnessing or what I’m saying,” Meade admitted. “And I came to the conclusion I did have discomfort and I wasn’t always happy with the way things were run, not just on The Deuce, but in general.”
So, Meade approached HBO eager to shift the narrative and best practices not only on The Deuce set but also in the industry as a whole. To her surprise, they didn’t only hear her out, they acted swiftly.