Nicola Coughlan joked that she was filming a steamy sex scene with her Bridgerton co-star.
The 34-year-old Derry Girls star plays Penelope Featherington and Mrs Whistler in the Netflix series watched by 82 million people worldwide.
Unlike Page Rege-Jean, who left after the first series, Bridgerton was discontinued in the sequel. Her love life was the subject of a book by Julia Quinn from which the series was adapted.
The relationship between her character Penelope and Colin Bridgerton has so far been platonic, but they are more than just friends, and this kind of scene can be compared to Hess’ scene between Reg and Phoebe Dynevor’s Daphne Bridgerton.
Nicola, who finished filming Derry Girls here last December, said: “Oh my God, that’s right! We [and Luke Newton, who plays Colin] joked about it. It was a joke. very appropriate joke: ‘Yeah? What if we do it while we’re doing it. ?’ And then it became a reality over time. It wasn’t funny anymore! Everyone said, ‘You have to kiss Luke on the lips!’
Reflecting on the scale of the show’s growth, she admits that although she knew Shona Rhimes’ show would be popular, she didn’t expect it to be this big.
The Galway-based actress explained: “I thought, ‘This is great.’ People are watching. I think they’re “first in Turkey.” “It’s #1 in Canada. It’s 80 million viewers. It was like, ‘What?’ It’s true. I don’t think it’s going to be the biggest series on Netflix. I didn’t expect it to be. But two months before it came out, I had lunch with Phoebe. I said, “I think your life will change. He said, “No, I don’t know. I did great things and thought impossible. “But I just have a feeling.”
Nicola watched the first episode of the second season and told Elle magazine,
“Oh, you’re going to love it. I just got back from Derry [where Derry Girls was filmed] and I wanted to see the first episode with the cast. Screaming, cheering, dancing on set, that’s not going to happen.“
Bridgerton’s other upheavals aside, Nicola is having a bittersweet time filming the third and final installment of Derry Girls, which will soon return to screens.
Describing her latest role as Claire, she added: “It’s hard to explain to the people who play the character that they feel like your friends and I’ve been playing Claire for five years now. goodbye my victorious friend. I’ll never see you again.”