Regé-Jean Page's Duke of Hastings in Netflix's Bridgerton is involved in duels and fisticuffs, and many an intimate and emotional moment with Daphne Bridgerton - so the scene that he has described as the most difficult for him to film may come as a surprise to fans.
The actor says it's on the occasions where his character isn't supposed to give anything away that can be the hardest to shoot, as he is only able to convey his emotions through the most subtle of gestures.
"It’s not always the extreme things that are the hardest," Regé-Jean told Netflix's Queue. "I think everyone has these heightened emotional moments in them at all times; you’re just controlling it and keeping it in check.
"The hardest moments are the very, very subtle barbs and hurts over the dinner table. When someone says something that you don’t get to blow up about, that you don’t get to cry about, you just have to take that sting right in the ribcage and express that through a flick of an eyebrow or through the way that you cut your peas."
Reflecting on the tough scene in which his character has fallen out with Daphne - despite them both being in love one another - but must endure dinner with her whole family regardless, he continued: "There’s a moment in the house of the Bridgertons where it’s ostensibly a quite calm, happy scene. I’m at dinner for the first time with this family. I really don’t want to be there, but you can’t say that.
"The kids are there and they’re all happy and playing and being accepted in exactly the warm and loving family that Simon never had. And that is never explicitly mentioned in the script in that moment. No one’s going to say it. But it is the biggest thing about that scene for him. Inhabiting that space is the most challenging but also the most gratifying part."
Netflix's steamy period drama follows dazzling debutante Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) as she falls for the dashing duke against her better judgement.
The series is on course to become Netflix's fifth biggest original series launched to date as it is expected to reach 63 million households within its first four weeks of release.
Bridgerton is available to stream now on Netflix.
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