And Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page has now revealed some more about the eight-part series, joking that the elaborate dance scenes are like ‘Regency Tinder’.
Joker! Regé-Jean Page joked that Bridgerton’s dance scenes were a bit like ‘Regency Tinder’ during an interview on BBC Breakfast on Monday
Speaking about the dance scenes, Regé-Jean said: ‘The dances are the heart of the piece, there’s joy in the dances.
‘It’s a bit like regency Tinder! There’s some aggressive swiping left going on but it’s also the only place [the glamorous balls] where people are allowed to be honest with each other, even though they’re in the full view of society.’
When asked to describe Bridgerton, Regé-Jean joked that it’s like ‘Downton Abbey’s wayward sibling, a bit more scandalous.’
He continued: ‘The idea was to do something fresh and exciting, fun, fast, funny and more glamorous than has been done before in the period genre.
All good fun: The actor, 30, plays the Duke of Hastings in the show alongside co-star Phoebe Dynevor (pictured together)
‘It’s meant to be colourful for Christmas and like a great big regency hug to help viewers get through the festive period which has been a bit different this year.’
Regé-Jean also said that the locations – which range from ball rooms to castles -can help people forget about the everyday, adding that Netflix has ‘thrown everything at this to give a wonderful sense of escapism.’
Although a period drama, Regé-Jean said that the ‘remove’ makes it easier to look at how the problems facing the characters still exist today.
He said: ‘It’s about that remove when you go back a couple hundred years, it lets you look back on yourselves… I don’t think people have changed very much.
Having fun: He explained how the glitzy balls are ‘the only place where people are allowed to be honest with each other, even though they’re in the full view of society’
So much prep! Regé-Jean also revealed the cast had weeks of etiquette training where they learned how to curtsey ahead of filming
‘You put different clothes on, the corsets and restrictive clothing, and it suddenly allows you to explore the same problems as we’re dealing with today.
‘Things like how to be the best version of yourself and deal with restrictions society puts on you.. and not just the corset puts on you! And this is all done in glitzy balls which makes it a bit more fun than a grubby day in the middle of winter!’
The actor, who describes his character as ‘tall, dark, broody and thoroughly broken but also a charming when he wants to be’, also reflected on preparing for the role.
He explained the cast were drilled in etiquette and learned the rules of curtseying for everyone from ‘the queen to servants’ .
It comes after audiences expressed their shock over Dame Julie Andrews’ Gossip Girl-style narration of the Netflix period drama after it streamed on Christmas day.
Leading role: The actor described his character as ‘tall, dark, broody and thoroughly broken but also a charming when he wants to be’ (pictured one of the balls)
Cheeky! When asked to describe Bridgerton, Regé-Jean joked that it’s like ‘Downton Abbey’s wayward sibling, a bit more scandalous’ (pictured Golda Roshuevel as Queen Charlotte)
The British 85-year-old voices the role of Lady Whistledown, the author of the scandalous society pages.
‘It has been said that of all b****es, dead or alive, a scribbly woman is most canine,’ Julie (born Julia Wells) said in the first episode.
‘If that should be true, then this author would like to show you her teeth. My name is Lady Whistledown, but you do not know me and rest assured you never shall, but be forewarned dear reader, I certainly know you.’
It’s a hit! Audiences expressed their shock and awe at Dame Julie Andrews’ Gossip Girl-style narration of Bridgerton once it aired on Christmas Day (pictured November 4)
‘Dame @JulieAndrews is the Regency XOXO, Gossip Girl I never knew I needed,’ one Twitter user wrote.
Meanwhile, executive producer Shonda Rhimes was ‘getting all Bridgerton up in here’ on Thursday while congratulating her team for ‘creating such a masterpiece.’
Chris Van Dusen’s eight-episode series – centered on scheming quasi-couple (Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean) – is based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling novels.
XOXO: The British 85-year-old voices the role of Lady Whistledown, the author of scandalous society pages