“Bridgerton” star Regé-Jean Page admitted that he and his costar Phoebe Dynevor had “horrendous coffee breath” while filming the hit show.
Page and Dynevor both became international stars after appearing in the first season of the period Netflix series in December 2020 as the romantic leads, Duke Simon Bassett and Daphne Bridgerton.
During an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday, Page brought up the show after discussing what his “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” costar Chris Pine smells like.
“That’s what no one knows about ‘Bridgerton,'” Page recalled. “Phoebe and I had horrendous coffee breath the whole way through. We made a pact early on.”
He continued: “It’s one of the things you do, you approach the other actor and you go, ‘Hey, so the scene is after lunch. What are our rules? Are we no onions? Are we no garlic? Do I have to get the coffee in early?’
“And we both were like, ‘Actually, I really like coffee so I don’t mind.’ Thank god. So we had a coffee safe space the whole way through that show.”
Also in the interview, Page discussed how he handled becoming famous overnight after the success of “Bridgerton.” In the month following its release, it became the most-watched Netflix original series ever on the platform.
Page said that when he went to shoot “Dungeons & Dragons,” three months after “Bridgerton” was released, a radio show announced a competition to find him.
“When we were shooting ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’ we were in Belfast,” the “Bridgerton” star said. “I remember landing in Northern Ireland and I got in the car. On the ride from the airport, the driver turned on the radio and they were running a competition to find me. They were like, ‘Regé-Jean Page is in town. Call us if you know where he is.’ So, I kind of holed up in the hotel.”
Page continued: “A couple of people did [find me]. Folks are very, very friendly in Belfast, and very forthcoming. So it’s not like anyone sneaked pictures. They just kind of ran up to me and grabbed me and was like, ‘Welcome to Belfast!’ ‘Ahh! Thank you so much.'”
Page said the attention was a “mixed blessing” and a “weird inversion” of his life before “Bridgerton” where sets were “extraordinary” and outside life was normal.
“After ‘Bridgerton,’ set was where people treated you normally. I just went to work and I had interaction with my workmates and the public became the performance space from being watched all day long,” Page said. “I’m still learning how to navigate with grace because you want to meet people and you want to share the joy you give people.”