Acting can be a tricky business. Viewers can often confuse actors with their roles, leading to a great deal of public awkwardness. Of course the next most problematic aspect of acting would be that whole stripping your clothes off and simulating passionate sexual intercourse for the benefit of millions of viewers part of the job.
Star of the critically acclaimed Bridgerton Season 1, Regé-Jean Page spoke recently about how he went to great lengths (collective minds out of the gutter, folks) to warn his family about the nude scenes they'd be seeing him in, along with how it was they reacted to, well, watching him in action during some of his raunchiest set pieces.
Page said during The Hollywood Reporter's Drama Actor Roundtable, "No one was sufficiently prepared. I wasn't sufficiently prepared, and I was there. (Laughs). 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."
For those who are familiar with Bridgerton Season 1, the plot revolved largely (again guys, out of the gutter please; we're better than this) around Page's character Simon, The Duke of Hastings, and Phoebe Dyevnor's Daphne Bridgerton's romance. As you'll recall, the two stars were required to act out several deliciously lewd scenes - both in and out of their Regency era costumes.
One can only imagine the inherent awkwardness in taking an interesting role as a career choice even with a willingness to commit to the scenes of a sexual nature. However, you do have to wonder if Page and Dyevnor considered how they'd warn their families beforehand, or if it even occurred to them to do so? Filming Bridgerton Season 1, Page himself even noted "the intensity of the romantic aspects" (which if nothing else is a wonderfully adroit way of putting it).
Compared to other period pieces that include romance (think of the twee chasteness of Downton Abbey as a prime example), the racier nature of Bridgerton may have surprised or perhaps even shocked people (especially those not familiar with the source material). However, as the Netflix viewing figures showed when the first season premiered, any surprise or even shock did not stop viewers bingeing the show in droves. Indeed, on January 27th, 2021, a little over a month after the series premiered on Netflix, the streaming service announced that it was and is to date their most-watched original series.
While Season 2 of Bridgerton has already been announced Page, he will not be returning. Readers of the novels however will not be surprised by this, as each book in the series focuses on different members of the Bridgerton family. Season 2 will focus on characters Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma as the central pairing. While no release date has been firmly set, we'll be sure to keep you updated with any and all breaking Bridgerton news.