‘Bridgerton’: Why Phoebe Dynevor Is Worried About the Fate of Season 2

Bridgerton Season 1 premiered on Netflix last month and people are already looking forward to season 2. Though there has been no formal announcement that the show will begin filming a second season, creator, Chris Van Dusen, and certain members of the cast have been giving interviews about season 2. While they all seem excited and optimistic about the next installment of Bridgerton, Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, is not so sure.

Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton on 'Bridgerton'
Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton on ‘Bridgerton’ | Liam Daniel/Netflix

Season 1 of ‘Bridgerton’

If you haven’t watched season 1 of Bridgerton, run to your nearest tv or streaming device. The period piece is the perfect escape from the turmoil and pandemic that is plaguing the world today. Season 1 finds Daphne about to enter her first social season as an eligible woman. She is immediately named the Diamond of the Season by the queen and courted by hordes of men. After her brother Anthony scares all of her suitors away, Daphne is left desperate to find a suitable match. When she meets the Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset, the two strike up a deal. They pretend to court one another so that more men will become interested in Daphne and Simon will appear off the market. Of course, even the best-laid plans seem to fall through when it comes to tv shows, so Daphne and Simon’s little scheme goes through more than a few bumps in the road.

Phoebe is nervous about season 2

Fans have been calling for more Bridgerton and are ready for season 2 but Dynevor isn’t sure how the show could deliver given the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“I can’t imagine how it would be possible to film under these circumstances,” she said in an interview with Deadline. “There are so many extras and so many crew members, and it’s a very intimate show. It just baffles me how we would film it under Covid rules unless there was a vaccine beforehand.”

Bridgerton got lucky in that its first season finished filming in the UK in February which was just days before the pandemic began shutting down productions all over the world. Dynevor said that her last few days on set were “crazy” as news of the virus started setting in.

“We just managed to finish. It was amazing,” she said.

Sex scenes in a pandemic

The intimacy between Daphne and Simon played a huge part in Bridgerton. The sex scenes between them took six weeks of choreography with an intimacy coordinator to get right. So, it only makes sense that Dynevor is wondering how intimate scenes like that could be filmed or practiced while wearing masks.

When Dynevor was filming her other show, Younger, last year, she was required to wear her mask until the cameras were rolling.

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“When I was filming, it was masks on in rehearsals,” she told the outlet. “So you don’t take them off until you say action. Or at least we didn’t. It was a really strange experience. I didn’t see my character’s new boyfriend’s face until we were filming a scene together, which was really bizarre.”

Given that the practicing of those intimate scenes is where the intimacy is built, it’s doubtful that masks and shields will yield the same steamy results as we saw in season 1.