Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page has joked that “no-one was sufficiently prepared” for the show’s sex scenes – least of all his family.
Based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels, the Netflix drama’s racy first outing follows Daphne Bridgerton (Younger‘s Phoebe Dynevor), a young woman living in Regency-era England who teams up with wealthy suitor Simon Basset (Page) to conjure up a make-believe romance and relieve themselves of societal pressures.
But, rather unsurprisingly, the pair end up falling in love with one another. And it’s safe to say that they don’t shy away from expressing their affections physically.
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Aware of what was to come, Page is said to have sent his friends and family warning texts, complete with flashing alarm emojis, ahead of season one landing on the streaming service. But that didn’t do much good, according to him.
“I wasn’t sufficiently prepared, and I was there,” the 31-year-old laughed during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I think people were grateful for the intensity of the romantic aspects of Bridgerton; I’m not sure how grateful I was to watch it for myself.
“It was overwhelming. But I think people were looking to be overwhelmed. My family doesn’t want to be overwhelmed by my backside, specifically, too often, but they’ll take it on this occasion because everyone seems to be terribly happy.”
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Bridgerton lovers – or perhaps, more accurately, Duke of Hastings admirers – were left devastated earlier this year when it was confirmed that Page would not be reprising the role in the series’ next chapter.
Instead, season two, which is currently in production, is set to concentrate on Phoebe’s brother Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) in his pursuit of a romantic partner.
Bridgerton season 1 is now available to watch on Netflix. Season 2 is in production.
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