Phoebe Dynevor, in her breakout role in the Netflix series “Bridgerton,” has a surprisingly enlightened view of the movie’s controversial sex scenes.
She called them “fun.”
The 25-year-old actress plays Daphne Bridgerton, one of several eligible ladies presented at court during the Regency in 19th century London.
The series has been described as a “naughty” “Downton Abbey” because of its nudity and strong sexual content. It caught some viewers by surprise.
“These sexy scenes are not holding back! Happy to see that part of the book is being lived up to!” wrote one Twitter wag.
Another added: “Wish I knew how many sex scenes there were in Bridgerton before I agreed to watch it with my parents.”
But Dynevor, 25, says the racy scenes, which included oral sex, were choreographed like a dance routine, which made them feel safe and fun.
“You choreograph it like a stunt or a dance. It’s crazy to me that that hasn’t been there in the past. I’ve done sex scenes before that I can’t believe I did: it was only five or six years ago, but it would not be allowed now.”
That doesn’t mean the show didn’t have its moments for the British actress.
Phoebe says she suffered a panic attack during an elaborate ballroom scene.
“There is a scene in one episode where Daphne walks down the stairs and everyone is staring at her. That was one of the hardest scenes to shoot,” she says.
“Everyone has days where they wake up and feel like poo and don’t want to see people, let alone be on camera.
“It just so happened I was having one of those days then and felt so out of my comfort zone. Basically, I had a full-blown panic attack.”
Beside the sex scenes, the movie has also been notable for the diversity of its cast, perhaps not historically accurate, but certainly contemporary.
“This show is a glamorous, ambitious Cinderella fantasy of love and romance,” says Page.
“I don’t know why you wouldn’t invite everyone to come and play in it, especially since we’re serving a global audience on Netflix.
“It takes so little imagination to include people, as opposed to how much thought and effort it takes to keep people out of these stories.”
The series also raised eyebrows by portraying Queen Charlotte as an Anglo-African, a sore point in the British monarchy.
As it turns out, the queen was directly descended from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House, according to historical references.
Contemporaries described her unmistakable African appearance and she was portrayed as such in portraits painted from life.
Charlotte had 15 children in total, with husband King George III. Thirteen survived to adulthood, including two future kings.
Dynevor, the daughter of “Coronation Street” actress Sally Dynevor, began acting as a child. She debuted in the BBC One school drama series, “Waterloo Road” (2009–2010).
In 2017, Dynevor made her American debut with a recurring role in the TV Land comedy-drama series “Younger.” She later starred in the Sony Crackle crime comedy series, “Snatch” (2017–2018).
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