Australian actress Samara Weaving has been released from SMILF following a complaint she made about having to perform a sex scene naked.
Weaving made a complaint to actress Rose O’Donnell and a director during Season Two of the ABC Studios production. Weaving and co-star Miguel Gomez were eventually told they could film the scene in their underwear.
ABC completed an investigation into alleged misconduct by Frankie Shaw, creator and star of the series, but concluded that there had been no wrongdoing on Shaw’s part.
Weaving was released from her contract at her request, and is not expected to join the show for a potential third season.
Shaw has also been accused of discriminatory behaviour toward the show’s African-American writers but maintains, “I am now and always have been open to hearing and addressing all concerns and issues that fall within my control. It pains me to learn that anyone felt uncomfortable on my set. I sincerely hope we can work together to resolve any and all issues, as I am committed to creating a workplace in which all people feel safe and heard.”
SMILF airs in Australia on Stan.