Bouncy Balls Were Used To Film Sex Scenes, One Dress Required The Actor To Wear A Back Brace, And 37 Other Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Filming Of "Queen Charlotte"
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If you're all caught up with Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, you may have wondered how this spectacular production came to be.
Good news! BuzzFeed sat down with India Amarteifio (Young Queen Charlotte), Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Corey Mylchreest (Young King George), Arsema Thomas (Young Agatha Danbury), Freddie Dennis (Reynolds), and Sam Clemmett (Young Brimsley) to find out how the series came together.
1.Both Sam and Corey auditioned to play King George. Sam even auditioned for about five characters over the course of Bridgerton — including Colin Bridgerton. He was actually offered a small part in Bridgerton, but his agent suggested that he turn it down to await something bigger.
2.When Arsema first auditioned, she had never seen Bridgerton and didn't know who Lady Danbury was — but there were mannerisms that she "naturally" shared with Adjoa.
3.Arsema pretended to be English throughout the audition process to the point where the producers didn't know that she was American. A phase where she put on a British accent while in college proved to be helpful.
4.Freddie lied during production and said that he didn't know how to ride a horse, but he actually did. He joked that him on a horse was "the best 15 seconds of the whole show."
5.Queen Charlotte and Bridgerton Season 3 were filmed simultaneously last year, meaning that Golda's work on Queen Charlotte deepened her understanding of the part for Bridgerton.
6.Much of Queen Charlotte was filmed on location, which Freddie called "one of the best things about filming."
7.Golda hopped on a call with the actors who play Lady Danbury and Violet Bridgerton during the filming of Season 2 to have a "really beautiful conversation about older women."
8.Freddie and Sam said that they were both "filled with great pride" to be the show's first queer couple.
9.Queen Charlotte made use of intimacy coordinators for filming, well, intimate scenes. Actors will start by having "open conversations" with the coaches and the director.
10.Sex scenes can take hours to film, even if they only appear on screen for seconds.
11.The sex scenes between Lady and Lord Danbury were filmed using a bouncy ball between them.
12.Arsema said that the sex scenes between Lord Danbury and Agatha were "not too far off from reality" for her and other women.
13.Only one dog was used for the origin story scenes. Her name was Victoria. Sam was shown "her little audition tape" and the dog began working on set at about 15 weeks old.
14.Golda was peed on four times by Pomeranians during the filming of the Christmas tree scene.
15.Characters wore "all the authentic gear on underneath" their costumes, including corsets. One of Charlotte's coronation outfits was so heavy, she had to wear a back brace and get stitched into it.
16.It took about an hour to do Freddie's hair every day — which he was "very proud" to say was all his own hair.
17.Whenever Golda is sitting down, she's probably wearing her Ugg boots under her dress.
18.It took Golda two and a half hours to get ready every day, and she would take a special van or car to set because the costumes and wigs were "too big."
19.And during Bridgerton Season 2, Golda's own hair started to be incorporated into the wigs — and are ultimately a "celebration" of Black hair.
20.One day during filming, Sam and Freddie were corned by "no less than 40 cows charging towards" them. They dispute who was the first one to run and scream. Pictures were sent to the Queen Charlotte group chat, but "no one cared."
21.India approached Charlotte's story as "a new script," and didn't pull too much from Golda's performance.
22.Golda decided not to do a "deep dive" into the real Queen Charlotte, as she wanted to focus on the content of the scripts and the character's relationship with in-universe characters like Violet, Lady Danbury, and Lady Whistledown.
23.The show mimics how, in real life, it's not clear what exact mental illness George had. Corey spoke to a specialist to find out how to portray his mental illness.
24.The real-life George's relationship with his father and grandfather informed how Corey played the part in the early scenes with Charlotte — as well as when he would begin to lose his lucidity.
25.India went to Kew Gardens and explored where the real-life Charlotte lived with her children.
26.The two "medical assistants" who forcibly shove George's head underwater were actually stuntmen. As for the ice in the bath, it was made out of rubber.
27.Golda approached Queen Charlotte's family as being similar to the Roy siblings in Succession.
28.It was the actor who played Lady Danbury's son's first-ever role.
29.Arsema doesn't think that Lady Danbury and Lord Ledger would have worked out, even under different circumstances — as Lady Danbury fundamentally has "no desire to be in a relationship."
30.Arsema was a big Game of Thrones fan, and described Michelle Fairley as "one of the most generous scene partners."
31.During the filming of the Danbury ball scene, Beyoncé was played — leading the professional dancers to start voguing and duckwalking in period costume.
32.Arsema said that the "moments when Agatha wears her wedding ring and when she doesn't will be a very good Easter egg."
33.Charlotte's gown in Episode 6 contains embroidery with astrological signs and stars, "physically representing George and Charlotte's tie to one another."
34.Another scene was shot with younger Reynolds dancing with older Brimsley. However, it was cut to leave it more open ended.
35.Arsema found it challenging to be "on edge constantly" in-between takes for her crying scene.
36.Arsema hopes that viewers are left with "empathy," which she described as "one of the most powerful tools when it comes to fighting against racism."
37.India hopes that tackling race "head on" will "create conversation."
38.And Corey affirmed the need for "color-conscious" casting, like in Bridgerton.
39.Finally, Golda thinks that there could be a lot more Bridgerton spin-offs in the future — including Brimsley and Lady Featherington.
Thanks for talking to us, everyone! Young Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is now available for streaming on Netflix.
Quotes have been edited for length and clarity.