Producer Shonda Rhimes referred to as Regé-Jean Page ‘a powerful, amazing actor’ that helped her put collectively a ‘world-shifting romance’ on ‘Bridgerton’, in a brand new interview.
Shonda Rhimes, 51, was stunned at how devastated Bridgerton followers have been after they discovered Regé-Jean Page, 31, was leaving the favored collection after only one thrilling season, and it’s as a result of that was the plan all alongside. The gifted producer, who can also be identified for producing hit collection like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, with fellow producer Betsy Beers, sat down for a brand new interview with Vanity Fair to talk about the favored collection, which turned Netflix’s greatest thus far, in addition to the mark Regé-Jean left earlier than exiting.
“I was really shocked, because usually that happens when I’ve killed off somebody that’s been around for a while,” Shonda stated when discussing the fan’s response to Regé-Jean, who performed the primary position of Simon Basset on the present, and his exit. “Like, we didn’t kill him, he’s still alive! [Regé-Jean] is a powerful, amazing actor and that meant we did our job—every season, our job is finding the right people and putting together this incredible, world-shifting romance.”
“I don’t know that I expected this much of an explosion, given that every book [in the Bridgerton series] is a different romance,” she continued. “What would be the ever-after of this combo? I mean, really: What would Regé-Jean do, you know what I mean? We gave them their happily ever after! And now we have this next couple coming. And so yeah, I was like, whoa!”
Betsy, who was additionally half of the interview, referred to as the love of Regé-Jean “delightful” and complimented the actor’s real-life character. “It’s delightful that fans were so invested in his character, and he’s a wonderful actor and a terrific guy,” she stated. “I just want to say that. Okay? He is.”
“He’s amazing, but that’s our job and something that Betsy and I have been doing since—well, God, has it been 20 years now?—is finding guys,” Shonda added. “I mean, hopefully ladies too, but finding men that our audiences find devastatingly attractive and they become incredibly overly attached to, and they get enraged about when we move them about in any way.”
Shonda additionally opened up in regards to the rumors that Regé-Jean was provided a deal to make some cameos in season two of Bridgerton however turned it down. “We made a one-season deal with him at the beginning of season one. That was the plan: come and do one season as the duke,” she defined. “Anything else that was extra and wasn’t really the plan when we started wasn’t the plan when we finished.”
She later clarified that he was invited to return for cameos together with different season one characters exterior the Bridgerton household. “So there’s a lot of fantastically interesting talk that’s been going on, mainly cause I think people are having a hard time letting go,” she admitted.
Regé-Jean got consideration for his Bridgerton character’s love story with Daphne Bridgerton, performed by Phoebe Dynevor, 25. He already has a line up of movies popping out quickly as properly, together with Netflix’s The Gray Man and the Paramount characteristic, Dungeons and Dragons.