Rege-Jean Page’s portrayal of The Duke of Hastings on Netflix’s Bridgerton earned him the title of a heartthrob.
But the coy actor – who will not be starring in the highly-anticipated second series of the show based on the books of the same name, by Julia Quinn – has admitted that he struggled to watch back the racy scenes that have been praised for the way they focused on female pleasure.
Rege-Jean, 31, has told how he was unprepared for the “intensity” of the titillating scenes, that he filmed alongside Phoebe Dynevor, which meant when he tuned into the show he found it “overwhelming.”
The British star said during a chat with The Hollywood Reporter : “No one was sufficiently prepared. I wasn’t sufficiently prepared, and I was there.”
Understanding how the hot and steamy sex scenes were a fan favourite, he continued: “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.”
In January, fans rejoiced when streaming giant Netflix announced that Bridgerton would be returning for a second season.
The drama set in the Regency era follows the Bridgerton brood and their navigation through London’s high society.
Produced by Shonda Rhimes’ company, Shondaland, the show has drawn attention for sex-filled scenes and scandalous storylines as well as the genetically blessed cast.
The news was announced by Netflix in a fun press release that mimicked Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown’s column – the paper penned by an anonymous author on the show, voiced by Dame Julie Andrews, who feeds the ton gossip of the comings and goings of the most notable families in London.
The exciting announcement read: “The ton are abuzz with the latest gossip, and so it is my honor to impart to you: Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season. I do hope you have stored a bottle of ratafia for this most delightful occasion.
“The incomparable cast of Bridgerton will return to production in the Spring of 2021. This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities.
“However, gentle reader, before you set the comments section alight with requests for more sordid details, know that I am disinclined to report on the particulars at this time. Patience, after all, is a virtue.
“Yours Truly, Lady Whistledown.”
It is no surprise that Bridgerton has been given the go ahead for season two as the drama received colossal viewing after it was released on Christmas Day.
According to the Netflix Queue account, the streaming giant revealed: “In its first four weeks, Bridgerton is projected to court more than 63 million households, which would make it Netflix’s fifth biggest original series launched to date.”
*Bridgerton season 1 is available now on Netflix.