Jonathan Bailey has revealed one of the first ever scenes he filmed for Bridgerton was the ‘tree bonk’ scene and said sex is ‘so important to the story’
The actor, 32, plays Anthony Bridgerton in the racy Netflix hit and is introduced to viewers within minutes of the show’s first episode during a sex scene in Richmond Park, London, with Sabrina Bartlett, who plays character Siena Rosso.
Speaking in an interview with Vogue, the star also reflected on his very impressive sideburns and teased what to expect from series two, where he’ll be the focus.
What a way to kick things off! Jonathan Bailey has revealed one of the first ever scenes he filmed for Bridgerton was the ‘tree bonk’ scene (pictured in April 2019)
Chatting about his sex scene, Jonathan said: ‘One of my first scenes was the tree bonk with Sabrina Bartlett, who plays Siena, and we were shooting in the middle of Richmond Park.’
The actor continued: ‘Quite a baptism of fire. It’s [the sex scenes] all handled so brilliantly though, and is just so important to the story.
‘You learn so much more about these characters and their relationships from witnessing their sex lives than watching them promenading around Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.’
However he joked that he’s not sure the cast will get away with shooting in such a public place for the next season, joking they might have to use ‘code names’ and pretend their filming for something else like Casualty.
In character: The star, 32, plays Anthony Bridgerton in the show and said the sex scenes are ‘so important to the story’ and in helping develop the characters (pictured in the Netflix hit)
Jonathan also echoed the praises of his co-stars as he credited the series’ intimacy coordinator with helping the stars feel comfortable and relaxed during their scenes.
As well as catching the eye for his racy sex scenes, Jonathan’s sideburns could not go unnoticed during the series.
Jonathan said this part of his costume was ‘important’ for Anthony and a major part of his character as they projected status in the Regency era. He told Vogue: ‘It’s like the Georgian equivalent of owning a Ferrari.’
And although now impressing millions of viewers with his portrayal of the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony revealed he originally auditioned for Simon the Duke of Hastings, who is played by Rege-Jean Page.
Racy: The show quickly became a worldwide hit after its release on Christmas Day and boasted several raunchy scenes (pictured Jonathan, as Anthony, and Sabrina Bartlett, who plays his opera singer love interest Siena Rosso)
Counting down! The show has already been renewed for a second series and will focus on Anthony’s search for love (pictured L-R the Bridgerton siblings and their mother: Hyacinth (Florence Hunt), Colin (Luke Newton), mother Violet (Ruth Gemmell), Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), Eloise (Claudia Jessie), Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), Gregory (Will Tilson) and Benedict (Luke Thompson)
Jonathan explained how he even flew to America and had a ‘cup of tea’ with the execs from Shondaland before everyone agreed he should read for Anthony instead.
Looking forward to season two, which will focus on his own character’s love life and search for a wife, Jonathan said he’s looking forward to showing more of Anthony.
Teasing what fans can expect, he said that the show will retain its spectacle vibe and also introduce a host of new exciting characters.
It comes after Bridgerton‘s author said she wants Daphne and the Duke of Hastings to return in series two, despite them not being the main focus of her second book.
Class: Jonathan said they were ‘important’ for Anthony and a major part of his character as they projected status in the Regency era. He told Vogue: ‘ It’s like the Georgian equivalent of owning a Ferrari’ (pictured with co-star Rege-Jean as the Duke of Hastings)
Julia Quinn, 52, has sold more than 10 million novels during her incredible career and penned the inspiration behind the Netflix hit – The Duke and I – 21 years ago.
However as the show heads towards season two, which will be based on book The Viscount Who Loved Me, Julia has revealed she wants bosses to deviate from the plot and include racy scenes with Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page’s characters.
Speaking about the couple making a come back in an interview with The Sun, Julia said: ‘I hope so. They do show up in the [second] book. The series doesn’t follow the book word for word – and I don’t think [it] should.
‘So I hope so, for no other reason than Daphne has the right to interfere with Anthony’s life. To deny her that chance would be criminal. I think it would be lovely to see.’
Bring them back! Bridgerton’s author Julia Quinn has said that she wants Daphne and the Duke of Hastings to return in series two, despite them not being the main focus of her second book
Julia also teased what fans can expect in the hotly-anticipated series two, which will focus on the eldest Bridgerton sibling Anthony.
She said: ‘Anthony is going to get it bad. Jonathan Bailey played him so well; you still love him, but he needs to be taken down a peg, and he is going to be taken down so many pegs. It’s awesome.’
In series one, Anthony was seen trying to be the head of his large household while infatuated with opera singer Siena Rosso (played by Sabrina Bartlett).
Although viewers got to see snippets of his story, along with bits of the other five Bridgerton sibling’s lives in the first season, it mostly focused on Daphne.
Huge success: Julia’s novel The Viscount Who Loved Me will be the inspiration for series two and follow the story of the eldest Bridgerton sibling Anthony (pictured with her first book)