Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley, Charithra Chandran And More Attend The Press Conference For BRIDGERTON Season 2
From Shondaland and Creator Chris Van Dusen, the second season of Bridgerton follows Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling and Viscount, as he sets out to find a suitable wife. Driven by his duty to uphold the family name, Anthony’s search for a debutante who meets his impossible standards seems ill-fated until Kate (Simone Ashley) and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sharma arrive from India. When Anthony begins to court Edwina, Kate discovers the true nature of his intentions — a true love match is not high on his priority list — and decides to do everything in her power to stop the union. But in doing so, Kate and Anthony’s verbal sparring matches only bring them closer together, complicating matters on both sides. Across Grosvenor Square, the Featheringtons must welcome the newest heir to their estate while Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) continues to navigate the town whilst keeping her deepest secret from the people closest to her.
Bridgerton is a romantic, scandalous, and clever series that celebrates the timelessness of enduring friendships, families finding their way, and the search for a love that conquers all. The series also stars Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury), Lorraine Ashbourne (Mrs. Varley), Harriet Cains (Philipa Featherington), Bessie Carter (Prudence Featherington), Shelley Conn (Mary Sharma), Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington), Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Basset), Ruth Gemmell (Violet Bridgerton), Florence Hunt (Hyacinth Bridgerton), Martins Imhangbe (Will Mondrich), Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton), Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton), Will Tilston (Gregory Bridgerton), Polly Walker (Portia Featherington), Rupert Young (Jack), and Julie Andrews (Lady Whistledown), and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown. The series is inspired by Julia Quinn’s novels.
Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.
Moderator: Without further ado, I'm very, very, very excited to introduce our panellists for today. So we have Polly Walker. We have Bessie Carter. We have Golda Rosheuvel. We have Luke Thompson. We have Luke Newton. We have Chris Van Dusen, Simone Ashley. Jonathan Bailey and Charithra Chandran. Thank you so much. Everybody comfortable. Everyone's got the nice water because it makes I want to make sure I was OK with this. Everyone's good.
Chris. You looked straight at me. Hello. Hello. Let's kick off with you. So season two is different from the book The Viscount Who Loved Me. Can you tell us a bit about what fans can expect?
Chris Van Dusen: Oh, fans should expect a wild, wild ride this season. I mean, we worked really hard to bring everything that fans fell in love with about season one into season two. And I think we did it and it's it's amazing. It's emotional and romantic and sexy and scandalous, and I think we're back for an even greater escape into 19th century Regency London.
Tell us about where we find Anthony this season.
Jonathan Bailey: So we start the season with Anthony making a conscious decision that he needs to find a wife, but only to find one that would suit him on the page and not, you know, link up with his heart and his love. He's taking love out of the equation, and he's had this quite complicated sort of mistress affair in series one. And yeah, he's he's shaved off his sideburns and he's ready to go.
Sounds great. I wanted to direct this next question to both yourself, Simone and Charithra, and because obviously you're joining such a great production. Huge, successful. Do you have any funny stories about how you are welcomed on set?
Simone Ashley: I mean, a lot of Instagram DMs sliding, I would say, yeah, everyone, everyone in the cast was so warm and welcoming and just sent a message just being just, you know, understanding how overwhelming and exciting it could feel. But just it was really like, you know, welcome aboard and enjoy the ride.
Charithra Chandran: I think we kind of have the ideal first day because it was almost like a baptism of fire, it was such a large group scene. So we got to meet everyone straight out of the gate, which was the ideal way. And when you have this kind of large set sequences, also, there's time to get to know people because you're waiting around. So, yeah, we met everyone at once and it was the perfect way to do it.
So the Bridgerton brothers, Benedict and Colin are both in different places to Anthony this season. Can you tell us a bit about their journeys this time around? How do they feel about the marriage months?
Luke Thompson: Well, I think Benedict doesn't really understand the marriage market, really. And I also think he it's it's a lovely position to be in because he's watching. It's like Anthony is his canary at the bottom of the mine is that the expression may not be the right expression with that thing. When is that the right thing? Well, it's sort of like, you know, you get to yeah, you can say it is. I'm yeah, you're a canary at the bottom of the mine, which means that you can sort of like that sort of very brotherly way experience everything that's going on. But through someone else and sort of seeing how it's how it's impacting him and obviously then learning a lot about himself in the process, I think, which is really fun to play because it feels so and it rings so true as a sort of brotherly connexion to sort of see like older brother to younger brother sort of thing. Yeah. I think.
Luke Newton: I think for Colin, he's kind of removed himself from any romantic feeling this year. He's come back from his travels with some interesting facial hair. And he, yeah, he's kind of he's kind of detached himself from feeling anything romantically. So it's been it's, you know, it was really nice to see the story unfold between these three in front of me. And for Colin to feel kind of removed from that and kind of in his own head, he's so distracted this year. He had he had a lot going on and trying to revisit stuff from season one, which a lot of the other characters are kind of past. He's very much still back in so torment from last year, so it was kind of cool to revisit season one for Colin.
So we learn a bit more about Queen Charlotte and her own love story this season. Can you talk a little bit about that?
Golda Rosheuvel: Well, I think the love story for her is obviously with her beautiful, gorgeous husband, who is going through some deep trauma. And I think I'm really grateful for those scenes because it, you know, we could have written a one dimensional character who has fabulous frocks and beautiful wigs, who goes to the balls and, you know, does gossip all that kind of stuff, but you get to see her humanity. You get to see her vulnerability in those scenes. And you know, to play that as an actress is is everything because you want to play a full, rounded character. So, yeah, we've got some really beautiful scenes in season two.
BRIDGERTON SEASON 2 premieres globally on Netflix on 25th March 2022
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