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    Phoebe Dynevor Took Simone Ashley Under Her Wing On The Set Of "Bridgerton" Season 2, And They Went To Pilates Like The Cute Gal Pals They Are

    "We’re a team and there’s no egos in that sense."

    Listen...you didn't hear it from me (ahem, Lady Whistledown), but as we await inevitable scandal in Mayfair this year, Bridgerton's new star — Sex Education's Simone Ashley — dished a little bit on the upcoming second season.

    Simone Ashley in a gown and long gloves alongside her sisters in a still from Bridgerton
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    In the new interview with People magazine, Simone opened up about how Phoebe Dynevor — who is now taking a more peripheral role in Season 2 as the focus shifts to her older brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) — helped her feel welcome on set.

    Simone in a short dress and carrying a Prada bag and her hand on her hip
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    "She’s so lovely," said the 26-year-old, who plays Kate Sharma. "There was one week I was feeling quite stressed out about certain things, and she took me to a reformer Pilates class, and that was really nice. And we just had some girl time."

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    Now is a good time to mention that I will be demanding a scene where Phoebe's Daphne gives Kate advice about her brother over tea while also being like, "Yeah, he kinda sucks sometimes and is a child"!

    Simone also shared some insight about the cast dynamic, saying that they're "all so supportive of one another. We’re a team, and there’s no egos in that sense. Everyone understands we’re all in the same boat and we’re in it together."

    Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley, and Nicola Coughlan standing together
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    This season, Simone will also be joined by newcomers Charithra Chandran and Shelley Conn, who play Kate's younger sister Edwina and mother, Mary, respectively. 

    As for her character, who has metaphorically inherited the crown jewel from Daphne, Simone described her as instinctive and "really smart": "She's not easily swayed by what everyone else is doing."

    Anthony and Kate look at each other in a garden
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    Don't mind me — just currently trying to process all the thrilling tropes that will be explored via Anthony's playful stubbornness and Kate's unwillingness to deal with his mess.

    And while we have scant details about what's exactly in store for the season, Simone teased her character's journey: "We meet her in different vulnerable moments and discover her background a little bit more and the family trauma that she holds. There's a lot of common cause for an audience to relate to her."

    Kate wearing a crown
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    Is the season out yet? Unfortunately, no. Am I already a member of the Kate hive? You bet.

    As far as other details go, we’ll just have to wait and see! But rest assured, Simone did say that the scenes she’s watched are “looking amazing” and “everyone’s smashing it.”

    Simone looking fabulous in a short dress, long sweater, and hand on hip
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    And while I have no access to the filming of Bridgerton Season 2, I have no reason not to believe her!

    That's it from this dispatch! Now, if you don't mind, I'll be starting a summoning circle to hasten the 2022 release date of Season 2, and yes, I am taking volunteers.

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