Regé-Jean Page says he wasn't 'sufficiently prepared' to watch 'Bridgerton' sex scenes and found the experience 'overwhelming'
Regé-Jean Page played the Duke of Hastings in "Bridgerton". Netflix
Regé-Jean Page said he was "not adequately prepared" to see himself in "Bridgerton" sex scenes.
During a THR roundtable on Wednesday, the actor admitted that he felt "overwhelmed" while watching.
"I'm not sure how grateful I was to see it for myself," said Page.
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Regé-Jean Page admitted that in an acting round with The Hollywood Reporter released on Wednesday, it was more difficult than he expected to see himself in "Bridgerton's" graphic sex scenes.
In the first season of the Netflix series, the 31-year-old played the romantic lead actor Simon Basset alongside Phoebe Dynevor, who portrayed his future wife Daphne Bridgerton.
Set in early 19th century England, the show deviates from the original Regency-era formula by showing explicit, passionate sex scenes between the two protagonists. And although Page had read the script and filmed the scenes, he said that the sight of a spectator surprised him.
“Nobody was adequately prepared. I wasn't prepared enough and I was there, ”he told 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 see it for myself. It was overwhelming," he continued. "But I think people wanted to be overwhelmed."
The "Roots" actor said his family wasn't too thrilled to see his "backside" on the small screen either.
"You're going to take it on this occasion because everyone seems terribly happy," he quipped.
The Duke and Duchess of Hastings are the stars of the first season. LIAM DANIEL / NETFLIX
"Bridgerton," a record-breaking series adapted by Shondaland from Julia Quinn's best-selling romance novels, has been extended to season four.
The series’s upcoming seasons follow the sequence in Quinn’s books, each focusing on the romantic aspirations of a different Bridgerton sibling. Season two puts Daphne's older brother Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his love Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) in the spotlight.
As the Bridgerton family story moves into a new chapter, the show's audience will say goodbye to breakout star Page, who has announced he won't be returning for season two in early April.
The actor told Variety that his exit was always planned, referring to the one-year deal he signed in advance.
"It's a year-long arc. It'll have a beginning, a middle, an end - give us a year," Page recalled the Shondaland producers telling him during his early casting talks. "It felt like a limited series. I'm coming in. I can do my part and then the Bridgerton family will move on."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Page turned down an offer to guest star in three to five episodes of season two. Sources told the outlet that it turned down the proposed deal, which allegedly included a paycheck of $ 50,000 per episode for "many reasons."
The NAACP Image Award winner has worked on a number of major projects, including Paramount's "Dungeons & Dragons" and Netflix's "The Gray Man".
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