Phoebe Dynevor Was Going to Quit Acting Before Landing Her Bridgerton Role

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Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
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On Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor divulged that she had nearly given up on acting before being cast as Daphne Bridgerton on what Netflix called its “biggest show ever.”

“I had been living in L.A. for about nine months, and I was kind of at that point where I was ready to go home, and sort of throw in the towel,” she said in the virtual interview. “Then I got a call saying, 'Can you come in and read with Regé next week?' And I was like, 'Oh God, well that's annoying because I've got to move my flight,' and I was like, 'I hope it pays off.' I didn't think anything of it. Then the next day they were like, 'Netflix will pay for your flight back to London because you've got to be in rehearsals on Monday.' So it did pay off!”

The 26-year-old also referred to her on-screen love interest, Regé-Jean Page. When Fallon asked about the chemistry between the two, Dynevor said it’s “hard not to” feel a connection to the actor, whose swoon-worthy performance made him a fan favorite. “We both had dance rehearsals together, and we were both kind of nervous about the dancing part,” she said. “I remember we had a few rehearsals and one of them got recorded so we got to watch it back and we were like, 'Oh, eye contact really does a lot of the work.'”

In April, it was announced that Page and his character, the Duke of Hastings, would not be returning for the show’s sophomore season. When Fallon mentioned Page’s departure in the interview, Dynevor responded, “The special thing about Bridgerton that I think not a lot of shows really do is that every season centers around a different love story. So, season two is centered around Anthony, my older brother, and his sort of coming out into the season and finding a match, hopefully. So, every story centers around a different relationship.”

As for that second season, fans will be delighted to know filming has already begun. “I've had three days on set,” Dynevor told Fallon. “It's so nice to be back. It's the best. I cried like seven times when I came back, ‘cause so much had happened since the first season. Obviously, COVID and the show coming out and just seeing everyone again.”

Bridgerton has already been renewed for third and fourth seasons. In the meantime, eager fans can read ahead, or catch up on season one, streaming now on Netflix.

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