How ‘Bridgerton’ Reminds Regé-Jean Page of ‘Every Relationship’ He’s ‘Ever Had’

Regé-Jean Page is Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings on Bridgerton. Although he plays a member of the society set in 19th-century London, the actor sees similarities between his own romantic relationships and the Netflix original series.

[Bridgerton Season 1 spoilers ahead]

Regé-Jean Page as Simon Bassett and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton on 'Bridgerton'
Regé-Jean Page as Simon Bassett and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton on Bridgerton | LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

Simon Bassett and Daphne Bridgerton accidentally fall in love

Bridgerton is the newest TV show from Shonda Rhimes. Her first since leaving ABC and signing a lucrative deal with Netflix, Bridgerton premiered on Dec. 25, 2020. Since then viewers have been streaming the series and talking about the steamy romance between Simon and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor). 

The two conspire to fake a courtship. Daphne thinks she’ll be seen as more desirable to potential husbands and Simon wants to avoid getting married. However, once their plan is set in motion, they develop feelings for each other and eventually marry. 

Regé-Jean Page says he sees 1 similarity to his past relationships on ‘Bridgerton’

Page discussed Bridgerotn during a January 2021 interview on NPR’s All Things Considered. Discussing Simon’s difficulty relating to Daphne — she wanted to get married and have children, he did not — Page shared how he found their relationship similar to the relationships he’s had. 

“I think in that sense, it reminds me of every relationship I’ve ever had,” he said, referring to Daphne and Simon’s conversations about how to be happy in their marriage. 

“I think it’s figuring out how to make sure that the people in the relationship are collaborators,” he added. “[It’s] figuring out how to make both people protagonists in a relationship and how that needs compromise.” 


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Since Bridgerton’s premiere, Page’s relationship status has come into question. Some fans have wondered if he’s dating Dynevor. Both actors haven’t confirmed or denied it. Page hasn’t said whether or not he’s single but he has discussed relationships and romances in broader terms as he did with NPR.

What’s next for ‘Bridgerton’? 

Netflix nor Rhimes’ production company, Shondaland, have officially confirmed Bridgerton Season 2. But all signs point to there being more episodes.

Bridgerton’s become popular in the short time it’s been streaming. And the way the season ended suggests the story won’t end there. In the season finale fans learned the identity of Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews). 

Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) turned out to be the person behind the scandalous gossip delivered to the city via pamphlets. To make the situation even more complicated, Penelope is best friends with Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie), Daphne’s younger sister. 

On top of that, Julia Quinn, the author behind the books that inspired the show, has plenty more material. Quinn has eight Bridgerton novels, each one focusing on a different Bridgerton sibling. 

Bridgerton Season 1 is streaming on Netflix.