Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, who portrayed Simon Basset in Season 1, commented on his character’s personality and called the Duke of Hastings a ‘Regency f***boy’.
Based on Julia Quinn’s novels, Bridgerton is a period drama series that took the world by storm and swiftly became a worldwide phenomenon. The first season premiered in 2020, with Page as one of the main characters. He starred opposite Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton.
Their story followed the ‘fake romance’ novel trope not knowing they are falling for each other the more they resist their feelings. Simon shuns the idea of marriage while Daphne is hell-bent on finding herself a good husband. Their struggle to satisfy London’s societal standards and their aspirations filled most of the plot.
When their story came to a conclusion, Page did not reprise his role as Simon in the sequel. The second season no longer focused on the duke and duchess’s relationship but switched the spotlight on the eldest, Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma.
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In an interview with Variety, Page reflected on his character as Simon.
“We did so well on that redemptive arc that people forget that Simon was kind of horrific. He was the best example of a Regency f***boy that any of us had come across, and so, because we came around full circle so well because we stuck that landing, you’re left with this great feeling. You really do have to be brave about ending stories like that.”
The actor has received several projects after his shot to fame in Bridgerton. His latest movie, The Gray Man, also stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. He is also a strong contender for the next James Bond film. Page has also debunked rumors regarding Simon Basset returning to the show in the future.