Actress Toni Pearen has revealed a disturbing experience with an older director when she was a young girl when discussing how the industry has changed on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
The star began by telling her female campmates how she felt seeing “suggestive” old headshots of herself from when she was about 12 years old.
“Recently, we were going through old photos at my dad’s house and we came across all these photos of me when I must have been 11 or 12. And they’re my headshots, but they’re really suggestive.
“Like, I’m in a swimsuit… with a pool cue… really suggestive. They had me in a like leopard-print leotard and I’m like crawling on the ground.”
“Oh, my God!” shrieked the other women, including former Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield and singer and actress Alli Simpson.
“I know! I know,” said Toni. “And I thought, ‘As a parent, if that happened to my child now,
“I would not be quiet about it.’”
But that wasn’t the worst of it. She then explained a scary incident she experienced with a director when she was only a young girl.
“I remember we were on location and it was midnight and the director turned up at my door and said, ‘I’m in love with your character. I’m not in love with you, but I’m in love with your character and I need to spend time with her.’”
This was obviously met with a lot of discomfort from her campmates.
“And what did you say?” they asked her.
“I just went, ‘I don’t think you’re thinking very straight. Sorry. And I think you need to go home.’”
To the camera, she explained further: “Sometimes you kind of walk away from an experience going, ‘Yeah, that didn’t quite feel right.’ But you’re so young you just don’t know.”
Alli explained how different the industry is now, recounting her own story of an early experience filming a sex scene with an intimacy coach.
“I had a sex scene in a film I did with an older guy, which was like obviously super intense for me. And it was my first film. And the first scene that they wanted to shoot in the film
was the sex scene, because they wanted to get it out of the way.
“So my first ever scene in any movie ever was like this sex scene with a dad, basically. But there were so many rules. Like there was an intimacy coach, and she had to sit us both down individually. We both had to have a safe word during the scene. If one of us felt uncomfortable, you’d say, and they’d cut the scene immediately. There was like 25 to 50, like, actual steps we had to go through.”
“Some of the other people on set were saying like 5, 10 years ago there was none of this at all.”