- Reggae Jean Page may not return to Bridgeton’s colorful, gossipy and brilliant world, but he will always be the Duke of Hastings.
She spoke to then-superstar Emma Corinne (who played Princess Diana in The Crown) for Variety’s Actors on Actors video series. Paige explained that the show, thanks to its sexy image of Simon Basset Hound, had become a fan favorite was something that seemed fun and enjoyable. Glitter, but there’s a lot more beneath the surface, like a happy McDonald’s meal injected with an unexpected vitamin.
He told Corinne he knew Bassett was based on Heathcliff in Emily Bronte and Mr. Wuthering Heights. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice wanted to add more to the role than just being a thinking boy in a vest.
“He’s a tall, dark-skinned, moody, emotionally stunted man,” Paige said. “We talk to Bridgerton a lot about women’s orientation, but other than that, what are men looking for? What should I do with this masculinity icon?”
He investigated and said the role offered both viewers and himself a surprise, though he didn’t go into the exact types of toys that would come with the McDonald’s-Bridgeton dish.
“What makes this food worth eating? I think of Bridgerton as a treat to eat, but with a secret vitamin built into it,” he says. “It’s like an organic burger that’s quietly healthy.” “You know that it feeds you in a certain way,” says Corinne.
And even though her role is based on a natural person, she said that, like Paige, she had to carry Princess Diana more than in the headlines and newspapers. That way, he treats Diana as a fictional character instead of focusing on making sure she’s fully aware of every historical detail.
“I feel like I didn’t learn anything new about him that would help me artistically when I was hoping to do this work,” he said. “But then I got the script and had this crazy realization that no matter how big Diana is, this character is almost fictional. And you have to treat her like that.”