Everyone got along
Scafaria assembled, frankly, an insane group of performers from various arenas to play the employees of the club in her film. In early scenes, when the economy is booming, the dressing room is filled with the likes of Lopez, Wu, Cardi B, and Lizzo. "We have like, classically trained theatre actors in there, and we have strippers that we cast from the club that we shot in there," Scafaria says. "And we have burlesque dancers and strippers-slash-stand-up comedians, and of course, like global superstars and megawatt icons. The joy was to see how all of them were able to exist in the same space together. We could take people from all these different walks of life and have them actually coexist in the same movie together, it was a really beautiful, lovely thing to watch."
Scafaria worked with Jacqueline Frances AKA Jacq the Stripper, who served as a consultant. "She and I would certainly walk around to make sure everyone felt safe and comfortable, remind the girls you're in control," Scafaria says. "Certainly in our movie the girls got to choose the guys and not the other way around." As a director, Scafaria wanted to make sure she was highlighting how athletic the work is as well as never losing sight of the friendship at the core of the story.
That went for Wu as well. "I think you can actually see in the film how much Jen and I really enjoyed each other," Wu says. "And all of the girls really. It was just really peaceful and everybody got to be free and be themselves because it was all women. That's what made it so great. Women, when they band together are, like, powerful beyond measure and that's why the patriarchy always tries to keep us apart. And, you know, it's already happened on this film in that people are trying to start rumors that it was there was, like, you know, tension on set or there was diva behavior, when nothing could be further from the truth."