Actress Helen Hunt received an Academy Award nomination in 2013 for her performance as sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene in the movie The Sessions. The film wasn’t a perfect account of either sex therapy or sex surrogacy. But it took on sex, love, disability, religion, and a host of other issues with courage and grace.
A few months after writing about The Sessions, I happened to hear from Cohen Greene herself, the sex therapist whose work had been the subject of the film. She had recently written a memoir, An Intimate Life, about her life and work. We spent some time afterwards on the phone discussing many subjects of mutual interest.
Here’s an excerpt—