‘Miller’s Girl’ Star Martin Freeman Defends Age Gap With Jenna Ortega In Film Following Controversy

Martin Freeman defends his new film, Miller’s Girl, from the criticism it has received for the age gap between him and his co-star, Jenna Ortega.

The erotic thriller, written and directed by Jade Halley Bartlett, depicts an affair between a student and a teacher. In real life, Freeman is 52 years old, while the Wednesday star is 21.

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In a new interview with The Sunday Times, the Office UK alum said the film is “grown-up and nuanced,” adding that the film is not saying, “Isn’t this great.”

“And that’s a shame,” Freeman noted, about the stories about difficult subjects that can be tainted by association before referencing Schindler’s List, saying, “Are we gonna have a go at Liam Neeson for being in a film about the Holocaust?”

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Mary-Margaret Kunze produced Miller’s Girl with Point Grey. Josh Fagen oversaw the project for Point Grey, with Chelsea Kujawa and Scott O’Brien overseeing for Lionsgate.

Earlier this year, the Miller’s Girl intimacy coordinator talked about how Ortega was involved in planning the intimate scenes.

“There was many, many people throughout this process, engaging with [Ortega] to make sure that it was consistent with what she was comfortable with, and she was very determined and very sure of what she wanted to do,” Kristina Arjona told the Daily Mail in February. “I’m hyper aware of both of my talent and making sure that we’re consistently checking in and that at no point are any of their boundaries being surpassed.”

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