If you follow me on Twitter, then you’d know I am obsessed with all things Bridgerton. Most importantly with Bridgerton’s stars, Rege-Jean Page and Nicola Coughlin. But the stars of the show and episode six are not the only things I obsess about. As someone who hopes to work in film, I am always curious about how shows like Bridgerton are created. I love interviews about what goes on behind the scenes like set design, how historians advise the writers, costuming, and how the original material was adapted.
Luckily Bridgerton’s showrunner, Chris Van Dusen, is up to spilling the tea. Chris was interviewed for Collider. He gave fans an inside look at how the show was created. Chris talked about why it was important to create a diverse 19th century England, how he discovered that Queen Charlotte was mixed race, and said he hopes he can adapt all eight books for the show.
On how they ended up approaching diversity on the show
And, I think a lot of that came from collaborating hand in hand with the cast. Regé and I would have long conversations about his backstory. Adjoa Andoh plays Lady Danbury, and we would do the same. You really get to see those things reflected onscreen when you watch.
But also, working closely with historians, I learned this really fascinating fact that, Queen Charlotte was England’s first queen of mixed race. That’s something that many historians believe there’s evidence for today. And, it’s something that really resonated with me, because it made me wonder what could that have really looked like. And, what would have happened? What could she have done? Could the queen have elevated other people of color in society and granted them titles, and lands and dukedoms? And, that’s really how our Simon Bassett, our Duke of Hastings, came to be. We get to explore it in a really interesting way. And, it goes to the idea of what the show does is — we’re marrying history and fantasy in a really exciting, fascinating way…
Working with historians, it became very clear that 19th century Regency London was a lot more diverse and a lot more colorful than people thought it to be.
On having an intimacy coordinator
We couldn’t have done the show without her. She worked closely with myself and with our director, and super closely with our cast. All of the intimate scenes were heavily choreographed and approached much like an action sequence would be approached. It was very “your hand goes here, your leg goes here, this is this, this is that.” It really was about making our actors comfortable, and really having them be the ones who were driving the action in those scenes of intimacy. We wanted them to be able to do what they wanted to do, and go as far as they wanted to go.
On his plan for future seasons
I feel like the first season was primarily about Daphne and her love story with Simon. But, this being …read more