Jonathan Bailey about less sex and kickback in Season 2 finale – The Hollywood Reporter

The “Enemies to Lovers” storyline between Viscount Anthony Bridgeton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simon Ashley) has been a conversation since the release of Netflix’s second season. Bridgeton.

When the season begins, Anthony is looking for a wife – not true love – and Kate is looking for the perfect husband for her little sister Edwina (Charitra Chandran). Anthony and Kate start not with the leg when she hears him talking to his friends that he is not looking for love, but just someone who will be a good, good wife. Kate wants more than that for her sister, and what follows from the eight series of the season, this is Kate’s goal of keeping Anthony away from Edwin.

Along the way Kate and Anthony remain in each other’s throats, constantly quarreling and quarreling, but they also face a strange and bizarre attraction to each other, which ultimately leads to their marriage. This conflict was previously reported by showman Chris Van Dussen The Hollywood Reporterbecame the center of the show’s second love story.

For Bailey, this is the most compelling element of his character’s main story in the series (the second season is based on Julia Quinn’s second novel, Viscount who loved me)knew he would investigate Anthony’s trauma and how that trauma plays a role in who he is today, why he’s not looking for love and his habit of sabotaging himself – a habit they and Kate share.

“They both really denied themselves hope and faith in a love that nourishes and nurtures, exciting and exciting, as love seems to be for everyone else around them,” says Bailey. THR. “I think the fact that they kind of sabotage themselves – and to be able to plan a way for them to overcome the various barriers they set themselves, whether through trauma or through responsibility – is just to really unpack it and I think that it was a great achievement to allow the audience to follow him and really stick to it [this season]».

Chat below with THRthe actor also reveals about his hopes for the future of Anthony and Kate both Bridgeton has already been extended on Netflix for two more seasons, and why this season hasn’t relied on sex as heavily as the first season.

Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgeton.
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What were your expectations the second season, given how popular the debut is Bridgeton was? What was that pressure like, and how do you feel about it now that you’ve seen its success?

Oh, my God – just delighted. It’s such a personal thing, even if it’s such an ensemble show, everyone cares so much about everything. From character development to return and crew work; it’s one big family. I knew it was in my hands [showrunner] Chris Van Dussen and I knew that from the original source of reading Anthony’s book [the season’s tone] always completely changed because there was so much unresolved in Anthony and not taken into account in his actions.

Psychologically I knew we would be dealing with his trauma, and was really looking forward to it; knowing that this will be something we delve into and introduce Simon Ashley as Kate Sharma, just naturally it has always had to show how in the genre of true romance people come together quite differently. I think knowing that this will be a psychologically driven season has always been appealing. So it was good to lean towards that.

But then everything else, you just turn on the flashes and just work and think about how you can really believe in what your character is doing, and completely trust Shonda Rimes and Netflix to do the rest. Much of the show is in editing, and in the beginning and design, and choreography, and all that. We are incredibly well supported. But now, yes, [I feel] incredibly relieved. You just want people to take care of your characters just as much as you do, and as Simon and I take care of Kate and Anthony. Feeling that people really understand them – because at some point they are confused – is exciting because it confirms your understanding of people in some way.

Investigating this trauma for Anthony, (he watched his dad die, saw how devastated his mother was, and vowed never to love anyone in a way not to break it if he ever lost his love for himself. Life), what layers does this add to Anthony and Kate’s love story and make her even more amazing in the end?

With Anthony and Kate it is necessary in order to achieve a sense of positivity. I think they both really denied themselves hope and faith in the love that nourishes and nurtures, exciting and exciting, because it seems to love everyone else around them and what they are looking for for their siblings. What they kind of sabotage themselves is to be able to plan a way for them to overcome the barriers they set – whether through trauma or through responsibility – just to really unpack it and let the audience watch it and really go with it, I think it was a great achievement. It’s in writing, but it’s also when you start working with someone and clicking and you can feel like you’re on the same page and working with the same frequency. And that’s what it felt like. This is what we sought to achieve exactly: the complexity of their collection and what it means.

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Simon Ashley as Kate Charm with Anthony Bailey in the season finale.
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Have you been pressured to match the stormy novels of the Duke and Daphne, especially because there are fewer intimate scenes this season?

Yeah, that’s interesting. I remember just registering. I remember talking to Chris Van Dussen early and saying, “When are they going together?” And I think that was something that has always been in the writing room. But that means it made sense. We have all the series of the first season, so Phoebe [Dynevor] and Rare[-Jean Page] would have known exactly what was going to happen, but we were planning a trip because we were given two scenarios at the same time for each block [in season two]. So for us it was a surprise, but it meant that, I think, also something was obtained.

And it makes sense for what Bridgeton going to do, and it’s not just one or two seasons. It will be a world that is expanding, and the way all the brothers and sisters are part of this ensemble, and how they will come to the fore at different times, is brilliant. So it’s important that we move away from that. I think it’s really positive to show this Bridgeton not only relies on the physical act of sexuality, but also perhaps thus more psychological, and it will continue to change in the future. You know [Kate and Anthony] now married, so let’s see what happens in the third season. We may not be dressed at all all season!

Simona confirmed THR that Kate will be back next season. How do you see the future of Anthony and Kate?

I hope they continue their joy, which is at the end of the eighth episode. I think the last shot of both of them is one of my favorites in the series, just based on the desire to see Anthony really happy and I think he really is at the moment. But there will be difficulties. They are not ordinary people. I know they will work as a unit and I know he will be completely committed to it, so I am very excited to see and explore this. The book and source materials have so much about her past and his past, so perhaps you can see conversations where they acknowledge this further; and they have a really rich connection, just exploring it will be great. I think the return from slow burning will continue for years to come.

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Kate and Anthony Bridgeton
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There was a lot of chatter about the show on the internet. Are you reading the comments or tweets? And, if so, is there anything for you in how people react to this season?

I desperately try not to. What did I read? Oh, I read the comments about sniffing. (Laughs.) You tell a story the way you fully understand it, and you think it should be, and you find the truth in it. And then, of course, you think about how you sound or what you actually do, and so I really liked the idea that someone was literally thinking about what I was sniffing her and whatnot. Sometimes you don’t think about the literal, so it’s nice that it’s really filmed. You just hope people sniff each other a little more. I represent all the senses. (Laughs.)

This season is all about longing. Viewers are waiting almost until the end of the season to finally see Anthony and Kate happy ending. Do you want them to have more time this season as a couple?

I think it just shows their faith that we have more time. I think we have more time with them. He is a viscount. She will be the Viscountess, and just as Phoebe is not missing, they will be there to support the siblings in any way, and this will include exploring their marital relationship. But the real result is that these two people, whom we know because of the genre of romance and the enemies of lovers, will eventually be together. It’s just a luxurious kind of indulge in how it will happen and when it will happen, and hopefully carry some kind of burden that is backed up by pain and anguish. I think it’s great that we’ve achieved this in the end and that we can look at the people they’re going to become as well as the people they are after all. But happiness and joy in this last sequence – that’s what it is.

The interview is edited for length and clarity.

The second season of Bridgeton is now broadcast on Netflix.

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