Bridgerton’s best kept behind the scenes secrets from ‘diva corgi’ to filming tricks

Hands up if you’ve ever wished you could visit the Bridgerton set to find out all the secrets from the all-star cast and crew.

Luckily, OK! is on hand to give you a sneak peek of what happens on the locations where the Netflix smash hit is filmed, as the show returns for its much anticipated second season.

During a launch for the next instalment – which focuses on Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) complicated love triangle with sisters Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) and Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran) – the cast let us in on some juicy behind the scenes gossip.

And they didn’t hold back as they filled us in on everything from their ‘diva’ co-star to the hilarious outtakes that we hope we’ll one day get to see…

Kate's Diva Dog

The famous saying goes that you should never work with children or animals – something Bridgerton’s new leading lady Simone Ashley discovered for herself.

The actress, who stars as Anthony’s love interest Kate, joked that her on-screen corgi, Newton, was by far her most difficult co-star.

She laughed: “I love Newton, he listens to me, and I like that he was strong willed and quite literally did whatever he wanted.

“Whether it was action or cut he didn’t care. He’d just turn up like a diva.

“My fondest memory of him is that when we were filming at Albury Hall, the front of the building was a pebbled ground and Newton would just eat the pebbles.”

Filming Trickery

Just like in every good TV show, all is not as it appears on screen, as Prudence Featherington star Bessie Carter told us.

“We had a lovely moment of me trying to bowl,” Bessie explained about an upcoming scene in series two. “I really wanted to be able to get them all down, which is what happens.

However, Bessie wasn’t quite so talented at getting the pins down herself, so the backstage team had to intervene.

She continued: “The lovely props team had to get a rope so that when I rolled it it would move, and it looked like they fell.”

Hilarious Outtakes

Every cast has one star who always has their co-stars in stitches – step forward Jonathan Bailey.

Asked who was most likely to make their cast mates laugh during takes, Jonathan admitted he’d have to confess – but not before he took the rest of the Bridgerton family down with him.

He said: “There’s something about playing a character that’s so inward and so serious that the line between that and the hysteria is always there.

“When the Bridgerton family are together and we’re trying to get through our lines at speed, you can just see one person falling off of the metaphorical horse and the twinkle in their eye…”

Meanwhile, Luke Thompson, best known as Benedict Bridgerton, revealed he was responsible for breaking several props during the Pall Mall game scene that provided plenty of laughter in between scenes.

Speaking about taking on the game, he smiled: “I got it through the hoop with my leg, which you’re not supposed to do – and I did break six clubs!”

Wardrobe Worries

A huge part of Bridgerton’s appeal is the amazing costumes – we’re looking at you Queen Charlotte.

However, the actress that plays her, Golda Rosheuvel, has revealed it isn’t without its downsides.

Speaking about her grand dresses, corsets and wigs, Golda said: “My costumes are great and amazing, I love them. [But] I am double corseted.

“I train three times a week, I eat healthily, I drink lots of water because you have to have stamina to wear those costumes so the recovery days are less difficult.”

Gouda added with a laugh: “I haven’t died yet, my insides are still in tact, but one has to be very careful and match fit.”

Jonathan added: “The amazing thing about the ball sequences is that Golda would have a tent where it was so hot and you’d just see her silhouette in the corner.”

Not so Glamorous

Bridgerton fans might think that the big budget Netflix show is made in a luxury location, but show runner Chris Van Dusen has revealed it's a completely different reality behind the scenes.

“A lot of the show is edited in my basement. You would expect for me to be in this huge state of the art editing suite, but as a sign of the times, due to the pandemic, we did all the editing virtually.

“There was a lot of me in my basement at home with sometimes 18-month-old twins running around and a four year old running around.

“But they were a benefit to the show, because I knew if they would dance to the orchestral pop songs, I knew those songs were keepers.”

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But Chris assured viewers that the outcome is still the same, regardless of his surroundings.

He teased: “Fans should expect a really, really wild ride this season.

“We worked really hard to bring everything the fans fell in love with about season one into season two, and I think we did it. It’s amazing, emotional, romantic, sexy and scandalous.”

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