Bridgerton on Netflix is almost here. But more importantly, Bridgerton Book Club is almost here, and some of you only have a few days to finish reading The Duke and I. It’s fantastically fun, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
What IS a problem is that we have not yet talked about the Duke of Hastings himself, Mr. Regé-Jean Page. What can I say? We’ve been remiss.
Regé-Jean Page is playing Simon Basset in Bridgerton, and by all accounts (and all the paparazzi photos of the set) he is doing so very beautifully. In The Duke and I, Hastings is a mysterious duke, newly returned to London, and the young ladies and the marriage-hunting mothers can talk of nothing else. We are not unlike these women of the ton as we are about to embark on a hot goss sesh about the man bringing the reluctant duke to our streaming services.
After all, how can we possibly read the Duke and I without picturing exactly how Simon’s mouth moves when he’s exasperated?
Four Facts about Regé-Jean Page To Inform Your Bridgerton Reading Experience
He’s Worked on a Shondaland Show
Regé-Jean scored a role on a Shondaland court procedural drama on ABC called “For the People.” It only lasted two seasons, and even though I’ve never heard of it, it seems like quite a few people were upset that it was cancelled. Network TV, man. It’s a crapshoot. But obviously the execs and TV-wondersmiths at ShondalandTV saw something in Regé-Jean that they wanted to capitalize on for Bridgerton.
He Has a Great Laugh
Trust me and go to 0:25. What a precious guffaw.
He Has Robert Pattinson Interview Energy
This is not a bad thing. In fact, it may be my favorite thing. I’ve needed a new British actor to make me grin like a fool during interviews. He is humorous, fun-loving, thoughtful and seems to really like uplifting his co-stars. Also his anecdotes are self-deprecating and that is flat out endearing.
When I first saw the news that he was cast in Bridgerton I couldn’t place him, but then I remembered seeing him as George in the recent remake of Roots on the History Channel. You guys. He’s good.
So go follow Regé-Jean on Instagram where he’s posted beauties like this with our Daphne Bridgerton, Phoebe Dynevor. You won’t regret it.
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And in the meantime, read The Duke and I, and make plans to join us next Monday night at 8pmEST for our very first Bridgerton Book Club at the YouTube link below or on Facebook. And check out all our Bridgerton coverage here at The Cool Table.
OR if you’d rather listen instead of watch, download our Bridgerton Book Club discussion on The Cool Table Podcast.
Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground. At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love. via Netflix
Beth is the proud sponsor of two little women and a huge fan of fandom. She took 3 years of Latin in high school and now speaks fluent pretension, which fully explains her current preference for gay wizard regency novels. She will roll over for a giant book with a map in the front. She takes comic book recommendations every day but Wednesday and TV recommendations never (she knows what's good).