Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page has moved on and invites the Netflix series to do the same.
Speaking to Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Gray Man” on Wednesday, the season one heartthrob revealed he hasn’t seen the second season of executive producer Shonda Rhimes’ historical drama and welcomed the idea of his to be recast in character, Duke Simon Basset of Hastings.
“They can do whatever they want,” Page said variety. “Shonda and I had a wonderful conversation at the end of Season 1. We were very pleased with how we managed to land on this one. I’m still proud of how we managed to land on it.”
When asked if he’s watched the show’s lively second season – which didn’t feature the Duke after Page left the franchise – the British actor authorized he didn’t “catch up” on it.
In April 2021, Page shook the hearts of Bridgerton fans all around when he announced he would not be reprising his beloved role in Season 2. Bridgerton shifted the focus for season two to Daphne’s brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and his sweetheart Kate (Simone Ashley) – fitting the trajectory of Julia Quinn’s best-selling romance novels.
Although Daphne has a major supporting role in the final season, her reformed husband is nowhere to be seen. (Arriving alone at the Bridgerton household in the first episode, Daphne explains that she left her “husband and child at home” to support her brother.)
“It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be your Duke,” Page said in a statement last year announcing his departure from the series.
“Joining this family – not just on screen but off screen as well. Our incredibly creative and generous cast, our crew, our amazing fans – it all surpassed anything I could have imagined. Love is real and will just keep growing.”
While promoting his latest Netflix project, The Gray Man, Page said he has “lots of conversations” about his on-screen transformation from a “lovely gentleman” in “Bridgerton” to a “super evil character” in 2022 led action thriller. The all-star cast of The Gray Man also includes Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas.
“We did that redeeming arc so well [in ‘Bridgerton’]people forget that Simon was kinda awful for most of these shows,” Page told Variety on the Gray Man red carpet.
“He was the best example of a Regency F—Boy we’ve ever met. And because we’ve come full circle so well — because we’ve sustained that landing — this great feeling is left behind, and … you have to be really brave to end stories like this.
During the Gray Man premiere, Page also explained his recent decision to stand up for fellow actress Florence Pugh after the Don’t Worry Darling star berated social media trolls who shamed her for being a Valentino star. wore a dress that exposed her nipples.
“She made a really good point, and I thought maybe it was worth reiterating,” Page said said variety. “Say it louder for the kids in the back.”
“It’s as simple as that,” he added. “No more, no less. She said something I thought people needed to hear, so I said it again.”
The Gray Man will stream on Netflix on July 22nd.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-07-14/rege-jean-page-bridgerton-season-2-gray-man Regé-Jean Page: ‘Bridgerton’ can ‘do as they like’ with Duke